There’s actually nothing that drives me crazier than eating “healthy food,” not getting to enjoy the food I love all to lose weight. Only to end up gaining weight, which would have happened anyway even if I’d eaten the delicious food I actually wanted to eat.
One of the most insidious ways that we miss our fitness goals and gain weight is because we make improper choices in our diets – because we’re tricked by foods that pretend to be something they’re not.
The worst offender here are foods that pretend to be “healthy” for you… but really are anything but.
These “fake healthy” foods can be considered good for you by the majority of the population – but that doesn’t make it true.
So with that in mind, avoid these 10 fake “healthy” foods if you want to lose weight and improve your health:
1. Any Processed Food That Claims To Be “Fat Free” Or “Low Fat”
You know why all the food companies started removing fat from their foods?
It’s because there was a giant backlash and outcry against fatty foods and saturated fat – and food companies jumped on the bandwagon in order to make money.
However, now that the “evidence” saying fat is bad for you has been debunked, people still continue to eat these “fat free” foods.
Why are they so bad for you?
Well, when you take the fat out of a food, most of the time you’re making it taste really bad. So what do the food companies do to make it taste good again?
They add a whole bunch of chemicals and sugar. Stay away from “fat free” foods that pretend to be healthy.
2. “Phytosterols” That Lower Cholesterol
There are compounds in nature called phytosterols that act like plant versions of cholesterol, and there have been a few studies that show that these phytosterols can lower cholesterol levels in humans.
However, since then, research has been done that shows that phytosterols damage human’s cardiovascular system and can even increase the chance of heart disease. But that doesn’t stop companies from putting phytosterols into products and calling them “heart healthy.”
Don’t eat products with artificially added phytosterols and keep your heart healthy.
3. Vegan “Healthy” Foods
Lots more people are becoming vegan and living a vegan lifestyle every day, both to preserve the environment and because of ethical reasons.
However, one reason that is not valid for starting a vegan diet is because you want to be more “healthy”.
When you see “vegan friendly” products on the shelf like vegan hot dogs or vegan bacon, what you’re really getting is highly processed unhealthy foods full of artificial ingredients. They’re bad for you, stick to the actual natural foods.
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4. Sports Drinks
Yeah! They’ve got electrolytes and the fuel your body needs to keep competing in sports and keep your energy up!
Except that for a normal person, you don’t need any extra electrolytes (aka salt) in your diet, and the “fuel” in the sports drinks is really just liquid sugar.
Yes, it’s important to stay hydrated – but the best way to do that is just to drink water! Not drink sugar packed “healthy” sports drinks.
5. “Low Carb” Candy
We’ve all seen them at the supermarket. Big candy bars that are hiding as “nutritional bars” or “power bars” that promise you no carbs! No sugar! A ton of protein!
The problem is, nothing in this world is free, and if a chocolate peanut butter bar promises you that it has no carbs or sugar, you can bet your buns that it’s got other stuff that’s horrible for you.
These “nutritional bars” don’t actually have any real food in them! It’s just chemicals and artificial flavoring and bad crap that hurts your body. Leave them on the self.
6. Fruit Juice
Fruit juice is baaad for you!
It’s shocking that something with “fruit” and “juice” in the name can be so bad for your body, but it is!
First of all, even in the healthiest, most “natural” fruit juices out there, they’re still just packed with liquid sugar. All you’re basically drinking is liquid sugar with some fruit flavor in it.
And that’s not even counting the fruit juices that don’t even contain any fruit, relying on “natural and artificial flavors” to make your colored sugar water taste “healthy”.
Don’t drink fruit juice. Just stay away from it.
7. Agave Nectar
It’s no wonder that so many people are looking to eliminate or stringently reduce sugar intake from their diets – sugar is bad for you!
But cutting out sugar has people running to “sugar alternatives” and thinking they’re healthy – when they’re really not.
Let’s take agave nectar for example. It’s used in a ton of “health foods” as a healthy alternative to sugar, but do you know what it actually is?
It’s actually worse than sugar.
It has a ton of fructose in it, which really screws up your metabolism if you eat a lot of it. How much fructose? Well, sugar has 50% fructose, and agave nectar has 70%-90% fructose! It’s not “natural”, and it’s definitely not “healthy”.
8. Highly Processed Breakfast Cereals
OK, so it’s obvious that super sugary breakfast cereals that are shaped like cookies, or donuts, or other high sugar desserts are bad for you. Stay away from those.
Far worse are the cereals that pretend to be healthy, with claims like “low fat” or “whole grain” all over the box, that actually contain nothing but artificial ingredients, with a ton of sugar and processed grains.
If a cereal is trying really hard to convince you that it’s healthy, then it’s probably not. And you should probably keep away from it.
9. Vegetable Oils
You’ll see a big push in the media and magazines for vegetable oils like soybean oil, grapeseed oil, and canola oil, on the grounds that they lower blood cholesterol.
However, while higher blood cholesterol increases the risk of heart attack, it’s not a disease or a symptom that needs treatment.
And in fact, by slightly lowering your risk for heart attacks in the short term with these vegetable oils, you put yourself at greater risk for other more devastating illnesses, including heart disease and cancer.
Stick to healthy fats like olive oil, butter, and coconut oil, and keep the processed vegetable oils out of your shopping cart.
10. Any Salad Dressing From A Big Manufacturer
So you want to eat more salad. That’s great! Salad is really healthy for you.
In fact, no matter what vegetable you’re eating it’s probably going to be healthy for you. It’s just not going to taste like much.
The problem is when you slather those healthy veggies up with tons of fatty, oily, chemical packed salad dressings that totally negate any health benefits of eating veggies, and actually put you further behind than when you started.
These salad dressings are packed with sugar, trans fats, chemicals, and vegetable oils, and they wind up harming your health more than the salad would have helped it. Stay away from them.
These Are The Worst Healthy Foods That Are Actually Junk Food
- Any processed food that claims to be “fat free” or “low fat”
- “Phytosterols” that lower cholesterol
- Vegan “healthy” foods
- Sports drinks
- “Low carb” candy
- Fruit juice
- Agave nectar
- Highly processed breakfast cereals
- Vegetable oils
- Any salad dressing from a big manufacturer
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