Surprising List of 10 UNHEALTHY Foods for Weight LossBy Jon Pearlstone on January 14, 2012@metabolicmemory
You’re trying to eat healthy, yet somehow the weight just won’t seem to come off without feeling more deprived, and needing to exercise more and more, just to see any weight loss.
[box type="note"]SURPRISE! Here are 10 foods you have been told are healthy but you should consider replacing with better alternatives if you are serious about weight loss.[/box]
First, This Important Message:
As you read this list please understand that some of these foods have been proven to offer excellent HEALTH BENEFITS, but, for various reasons they HARM dieters efforts at weight loss and therefore are NOT HEALTHY FOR WEIGHT LOSS.
In other words, in every case, there are better choices out there than can produce plenty of health benefits while HELPING your weight loss efforts.
Where Did This List Come From?
This list is based upon working with 100′s of dieters in the last 30+ months of all shapes and sizes. Finding alternatives with similar health benefits to the foods on this list has not harmed anyone’s health (verified by doctor’s results in many cases, including people with heart issues and diabetics) and has resulted in consistent weight loss.
BUT, BUT, BUT…I LOVE SOME OF THESE “UNHEALTHY” FOODS!
Of course, if you love any of these foods, occasionally eating these “unhealthy for weight loss foods” in small portions is okay–just like any other junk food that can harm your weight loss efforts.
THE Surprising List of 10 UNHEALTHY Foods for Weight Loss
High calorie and high fat. Hard to digest and metabolize for many.
High calorie and high fat – very hard to control portions
3. Granola or Trail Mix
Insanely high calories, carbs and often high fat too.
So many better fruit and vegetable choices with equal or greater nutritional value.
5. Salad with add ons and any regular dressing
The add ons to most salads (like croutons and bacon or ham) as well as the insane calories and high fat of most dressings make most salads horrible for weight loss and health. On the other hand, a spinach, broccoli and tomato vegetable salad with balsamic vinegar is most definitely healthy for weight loss!
6. Diet Soda, Tea and Flavored Water
The artificial sweeteners in these do far more to make you fat by increasing your appetite which negates any benefits the low calories can offer.
“Human research must rely on subjective ratings and voluntary dietary control. Rodent models helped elucidate how artificial sweeteners contribute to energy balance. Rats conditioned with saccharin supplement had significantly elevated total energy intake and gained more weight with increased body adiposity compared to controls conditioned with glucose.”
There are RARE exceptions here but most are very high calorie and high carb, and they will not satisfy hunger as well as an equivalent amount of food in a meal.
8. Whole Wheat Breads and Pastas
The high carbs and calories are simply too much for the benefits they offer, so they have to be considered unhealthy for weight loss. Plus, the final nail in the coffin is that you almost never eat bread and pasta on their own. Toppings like butter, cheese, meat sauce, peanut butter, jams and the like ensure whole wheat bread and pastas fate as unhealthy. They are a great treat though!
9. Peanut Butter
Look at the nutritional profile. High calories, high fat AND not all that low in carbs either. Peanut butter might be one of the best weight GAINING foods around.
And last but certainly not least, the most controversial “unhealthy” food available today:
10. OLIVE OIL
I can hear the screaming all the way from the Mediterranean now. Oilve Oil is SO HEALTHY FOR YOUR HEART! Studies have proven this over and over! Great, olive oil is good for your heart. But, so are a LOT of other foods like oat bran, vegetables and lean fish and they don’t have 120 calories of PURE FAT PER TABLESPOON!
One study found that a low-fat, high fiber diet was more effective for promoting weight loss in patients with diabetes than a diet high in monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA). Olive Oil contains approximately 75% MUFAs. 
[box type="note"]Instead of the foods on this list, focus on lean proteins, vegetables and a high fiber diet along with plenty of water, and use the incredible number of calories, carbs and fats you save from the above list to have an occasional treat that you really love, and you’ll find weight loss and optimal health can be a lot easier than you ever thought possible.[/box]
- Yang Q. Gain weight by “going diet?” Artificial sweeteners and the neurobiology of sugar cravings: Neuroscience 2010. Yale J Biol Med. 2010 Jun;83(2):101-8. Review.
- Gerhard GT, Ahmann A, Meeuws K, McMurry MP, Duell PB, Connor WE. Effects of a low-fat diet compared with those of a high-monounsaturated fat diet on body weight, plasma lipids and lipoproteins, and glycemic control in type 2 diabetes. Am J Clin Nutr. 2004 Sep;80(3):668-73.
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