Your figure’s dietary enemies

The healthy lifestyle and „body cult” fashion, along with increasing number of people who struggle with being overweight and obese, have created a need for dietetic foods meant to aid the improvement of health and figure. The food market has been flooded with „fit”, „light” or „active” products, which supposedly have fewer calories, added fiber or different ingredients that help you lose weight.

Unfortunately, most of these substances do more harm than good when it comes to attaining your dream figure. Below you can find a list of products that, while widely believed to be a desirable elements of a healthy diet, are in truth “Trojan horses” of sort.

Fruit juices.Many people believe them to be a valuable part of a healthy diet – some even think that glass of juice can substitute for a fruit. Unfortunately, few know that a box of 100% juice sometimes can contain up to 500 additional kilo-calories in the form of sugars like sucrose, glucose and fructose. In many cases all you have to do to improve your figure and lose kilograms is to exclude all heavy-calorie drinks and juices from your diet.

Fruit yoghurts. This case is very similar to the juices, with the added bonus – while 100g of yoghurt contains about 10g of added sugar it also carries 4-5g of lactose. That means that half a liter of yoghurt supplies your organism with about 75g - almost 20 tablespoons- of additional sugar. Meanwhile many people consume that amount for breakfast or as a dessert after another meal. Some amounts of fruit yoghurts can of course be included in your diet, but the best time to sip them is directly after intense physical activity. At a different time I would recommend their “plain” counterparts.

Jams and “light” sweets. Well, here is bad news for anyone who’s convinced that if something is  “light” it's not fattening. While products labeled as “light” should, in theory, contain less sugar than their regular counterparts, this is not always the case. Most importantly: oftentimes a “light” tag means, that the manufacturer decreased the amount of fat in the product – but increased the sum total of sugars included or, instead of using plain sugar, included a type widely (and wrongly) believed to be healthier – such as fructose. Unfortunately, such “corrections” rarely make the product healthier or less fattening.

Peanut butter. This product is most popular among those leading very active lifestyle. Unfortunately, the belief that peanut butter is a source of healthy fats is not true. Most of this type of products available on the market have been made from roasted peanuts, a source of unsaturated fatty acids from the omega 6 family (oftentimes already oxidized), that are already too common in our diet and that can - when consumed in overabundance - disrupt the action of leptin and insulin – hormones responsible for the energy balance in the human body.

Breakfast “fit”-type products. Enjoyed by a great deal of people trying to lose weight, especially – women. They are being advertised as healthy and helpful in losing excess pounds since they contain “wholemeal grains”, which are rich in fiber. Unfortunately they also often contain added sugars, and sometimes even unhealthy trans fats. On an important note - many choose to eat them along with some kind of fruit yoghurt – the “advantages” of which are explained three paragraphs earlier. Plain’ol oatmeal would be a much better choice.

The full list of “Your figure’s dietary enemies“ is much longer, and includes such things as margarine, “low fat” sausages, some vegetable oils and many other products that are considered “beneficial” for health and figure. It's worth keeping in mind that the addition of “light” or “fit” tag often lulls us into a sense of safety, and causes us to eat the chosen product more often, since it's supposedly so helpful in losing weight.