Why These Common Diet Foods Are Actually Making You Gain Weight
Sticking to a diet, or even simply trying not to overeat, can be tricky. We all know that certain foods are crazy-easy to gorge on (see: the mysterious disappearance of an entire packet of Tim Tams), but others are annoyingly less so. (Ever binged on endless bowlfuls of baby spinach? Us neither.) That said, it turns out there are a few common diet foods that sneakily tempt over-indulgence too. In fact, certain "health" foods can actually make you even hungrier. The accidental over consumption of calories that follows is then swiftly chased up with associated weight gain. NOT COOL HEALTH FOODS.
Before you launch your quinoa salad at the wall in (understandable) frustration, know that just because certain foods aren't technically the *best* or *healthiest* option, doesn't mean they don't deserve a place in your diet. By adding a serving of healthy fat or protein, or loading up on green veggies, you can successfully boost a meal's ability to keep you feeling fuller for longer. It's easy when you know how, but to make said changes you need to know EXACTLY which common diet foods could be the culprit behind potential weight gain.
Keep scrolling to find out what they are.
You might think making the switch from Wonder White to wholegrain means you're living that #HealthLife, but surprisingly brown bread can actually score higher on the glycemic index than the white stuff. Not only does a high GI rating indicate a food is not ideal for keeping your blood sugar stable, it also means it's unlikely to keep you full for long. Look for low GI and high-fibre breads, or make your own. We're into this quinoa and chia loaf by Teresa Cutter.
The myth that egg yolks are bad for you has been disproved time and time again, and yet the idea that they increase bad cholesterol in healthy individuals continues to stick around. Most people can eat up to seven eggs a week with no increase in heart disease risk, and some studies even suggest this level of consumption may help ward off some types of stroke. Whole eggs are a solid source of fat and protein which both help to keep you feeling satisfied. Who knew egg whites were really the less-healthy option?
Regardless of whether your juice of choice is organic and cold-pressed or comes in a carton, it's going to be relatively high in sugar. All juice has some (or all) of the fruit or vegetable fibre stripped away, which can cause your blood sugar to spike in a dramatic way. (Plus, restrictive juice cleansing can actually cause hair loss.) Choose whole fruit and vegetables over juice where possible—they'll fill you up on less calories. If you must guzzle your snack opt for a blend with more veg than fruit.