Raise your hand if this has happened to you: you start an exercise program, you change your diet to a healthier lifestyle, but you are still not seeing the results you want.
You are burning fat, but you are not losing weight as much as you would love to lose. It is frustrating. I know, I’ve been there.
The reason why this happens is simple. I know you think you are on a healthy diet, but there are hidden foods in it, you might not know are hurting your chances for a slim body.
Most of the foods on the list are considered “healthy foods”. So, try to eat healthier. And to help you, I will reveal the six hidden foods in your diet that are keeping you away from the dream body.
When it comes to being fat, people often think that fat makes you fat. The reality is, sugar makes you fat. And when it comes to sugar, fruit juices, and carbonated drinks are full of it. I know you think fruit juices should be healthy as they are made from fruits.
Well, sadly, they are usually chemically laden sugar water, full with sugar. Even those 100% fruit juices cannot be trusted. Check the label, but I can guarantee that one glass of fruit juice gives you more than 30grams of sugar.
To make a healthy change, replace your fruit juice with homemade lemonade. Use real lemons, water and if the taste is a biter, add some stevia. Another alternative is drinking coconut water.
Almost every healthy diet contains whole grains. That should make them the “healthiest food” on the market. Right? Wrong! Whole grains are the No.1 enemy of your healthy metabolism and weight loss plan.
Whole grains contain large amounts of gluten and starch, two compounds that hurt your metabolism and cause inflammation. Cereal, crackers, pasta, flours, forget all of them. You can get your daily intake of grains from fruits and veggies, or use coconut flour as a flour replacement.
Another problem with weight loss plan is using the wrong type of oil. Canola oil is the worst type of oil on the market, as 90% of it is a GMO type of food. A better, and healthier alternative is using coconut oil. Notice the pattern for coconut products? I thought you might. Another option is to use grass-fed butter for your cooking.
Peanut butter is usually considered a healthy dessert for people trying to lose weight. I know it is tasty, but peanut butter is your gut health worst enemy. In order to make peanut butter, peanuts are stored in silos, where they grow a type of fungus that affects your gut health.
Additionally, peanut butter usually comes with some sugar additions. And last, but not least, if you didn’t know, peanuts are one of the common allergens, linked to some conditions such as leaky gut syndrome. If you want to find a real, healthy alternative for sweet, nutty butter, use almond butter. Almonds are high in amino acids, and help you build lean muscles.
For a perfect dessert, add one tablespoon of almond butter, an apple and some celery in a smoothie.
How can a food made out of sugar and whole grains be considered a healthy food? Well, for some reason, granola is considered a healthy food. Even when you find a granola with honey, bear in mind that the honey in granola is made with almost little to no pollen.
A homemade granola, on the other hand, is a healthy alternative. This way, you know you are getting healthy nutrients. Soak up some almonds, pecans, chia seeds and cashews in water for 8 to 12 hours, and then let them dry on a paper towel.
Mix the ingredients with raw honey, coconut flakes, cinnamon, and raisins, and you get a homemade granola you can store in the fridge and eat as you like.
Last, but not least of the foods that kill your metabolism and prevent you from losing weight are artificial sweeteners. One of the biggest lies is that artificial sweeteners can satisfy your craving for sweet, at the price of no calories.
Two of the “healthy” sweeteners are aspartame and sucralose, and if you think they are healthy, you are dead wrong. Both of them increase your craving for carbs, and that leads to more and more sugar.
The best natural sweetener is stevia, and it comes with no calories. Raw honey and dates are two other great options.