Some of the foods on our list of 5 foods that make you fat will be common knowledge, but it never hurts to be reminded. Others may be more of a surprise, perhaps something you knew was bad for you but never realized just how bad.
Fast Food: Stay away from fast foods. Even their so-called healthier options are often filled with preservatives and misleading nutritional information.
This is number one on the list to really help hammer it home, because it includes EVERYTHING you should be avoiding. Incredible amounts of salt, empty calories, unhealthy drinks, and desserts. Just stay away, it’s that simple. Plus, the food isn’t even that good. You can do better yourself, and it can be much more healthy, too.
Empty Calories: A calorie is a calorie is a calorie, right? Wrong. A calorie from a carrot will, of course, be better for you than a calorie from sugar.
You may be well within the amount of calories you believe you should consume daily and still not be achieving the results you think you should. If you’re getting your calories from healthy foods. Junk food is just that, it’s junk! You’re getting the calories without the nutrition, and you’re denying your body the fuel is needs if you’re filling up on empty calories.
This isn’t only the case for fancy dessert coffee drinks, either. Most juices on store shelves are about as good for you as a can of pop, but the real danger lies in the fact that people don’t realize that. Juices have such a good reputation, “Drink your juice, it’s good for you!” is a mantra many of us grew up with, but next time you’re in the juice aisle take a look at the label – it’s little more than sugar and sodium. You’re way better off eating the fruits or vegetables themselves, as you’ll also get a lot more fiber.
Excess Salt: Salt is found naturally in many foods, however most people are eating an excessive amount of salt without even realizing it. This exuberant amount of salts leads to high blood pressure and heart problems.
Even if you don’t sprinkle some extra salt on top of your foods, it’s actually necessary to actively avoid it to stay below the maximum amount of sodium we should consume in a day, which is roughly 2400mg. A can of tomato soup alone has roughly half of your daily sodium intake. A package of soup chicken noodle soup mix, just one pouch, will exceed your total daily recommended sodium intake all by itself. It’s absolutely alarming how much sodium our culture consumes, and in most cases without even realizing it.
“Fat Free” Desserts: “But wait, they’re fat free!” We’re referring to the ones that replace the fat with mountains of sugar and calories. Sure, as it enters your body, it may be fat free, but what do you think happens to all that extra sugar? Your body turns it into fat.
Also, a lot of times these desserts contain fake fats, which will actually act to REMOVE vitamins and nutrients from your body on their way out, since these fake fats can’t be digested properly. Here, we’re referring specifically to desserts that you would expect to contain fat that are marketed as fat-free. This, of course, doesn’t include healthy desserts that naturally don’t contain fat, such as grapes and other fruits.
This list is designed as a primer. If you’d like to learn more about the 5 foods that make you fat, click here to view this video presentation.