We all know that fruits and vegetables are good for us and that we should eat more of them. Most of us also have at least some concept of the healthy eating plate, and that the largest portion of that plate should be filled with vegetables (and some protein and a few carbs). Because of all this emphasis on eating your greens, we would be forgiven for thinking that if we just added more fruits and vegetables to our diet, we would magically lose weight. In reality, however, there are some perfectly natural greens that you might want to avoid if you want to lose the flab. Let’s take a look at some of these.
The first big no-no is dried fruit.
Cup for cup, dried fruit has five to eight times more calories than the fresh kind because it has been dehydrated and is much denser.
Consider, for instance, that you could eat a cup of grapes and only clock up 60 calories. Swap that cup of grapes for raisins, and the calories add up to 460! Many of us take dried fruits with us to work because they are easy snacks and because they keep for a long time. The problem is that it would be easy to eat a lot of dried fruits and have too much calorie intake without you realizing it. It might be better to simply buy small amounts of fresh fruit every day and bring them along with you.
Most of us like sugar. We put it in our coffee and tea and even on our breakfast cereal. At the same time we all know that too much sugar is bad for us. As a result, we have started looking for ways to replace that sugar and one popular alternative sweetener is agave nectar. However, this natural sugar substitute that also is a firm dieters’ favorite is actually not good for you.
The problem with Agave, is that it is not healthy at all. If anything, it is even worse than sugar.
The problem with sugar is its fructose. This is used to give us a huge dose of energy that we should use straightaway. If we don’t, it is then converted into fat. Agave nectar has far more fructose than sugar, which is why it is such a bad alternative. So it is actually advisable to stick to sugar if you must have things slightly sweeter.
The issue with avocados is a bit hard to explain. It is actually recommended that everybody should eat avocados regularly as it is one of the natural superfoods. This is because it is packed with vitamins, minerals and fibers that all help to improve our natural bodily functions. Aside from that, it contains monounsaturated fat, which is good for the heart. However, we need to eat avocados in very moderate amounts because the monounsaturated fat they contain is still fat.
While they’re packed with more than 20 vitamins and minerals, avocados are still calorically dense.
This is unfortunate, because it is such a healthy food to eat. Experts suggest that rather than eating a whole avocado stuffed with other healthy things, try adding half an avocado to your salad. Or, if you like guacamole, try to not eat as much or reduce the amount of avocado that you put in it.
Potatoes are a root vegetable and therefore don’t really count towards your daily intake of fruits and vegetables. It is hard to comprehend this because carrots are also a root vegetable but they do count. Onions, on the other hand, do not. Be that as it may, it is vital to note that potatoes will make you fat.
Every serving of fries eaten in a day was linked to weight gain of more than three pounds, while eating an extra serving of potato chips led to a gain of 1.69 pounds.
Thus, you might want to replace potatoes with rice or pasta. But pasta and white rice, in particular, can also cause weight increase, so be moderate in your consumption of these.