Here are 6 foods every person on a diet should avoid. Don't let fancy packaging fool you! Many foods geared toward people who want to lose a few pounds are loaded with ingredients that are far from healthy. Loaded with sugar, flavor enhancers, trans fats, high fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners, many of the ingredients in these foods have the potential to wreak havoc on your metabolism.
1) Skinny Cow Heavenly Crisp Peanut Butter Candy Bars
With over 4 teaspoons of sugar and trans fats, it's hard to believe anything about this product could do anyone's metabolism a favor. Needing something sweet to pull you through? Have a couple squares of dark chocolate instead. In fact, go ahead and have a couple squares every day. Your body will thank you in the long run!
2) Yoplait Light Harvest Peach
Weighing in with over three teaspoons of sugar and high fructose corn syrup and aspartame, this foodstuff is far from what healthy yogurt should be. Just because something is labeled as "fat free" doesn't mean it won't necessarily add inches to your waistline. If you love yogurt, try a cup of plain yogurt with cinnamon, stevia and fresh fruit. Want to make your own? It's easy and loaded with belly-loving probiotics!
3) Lean Cuisine Sesame Chicken
It seems that trans fats, arguably the worst thing for our body, are hard to avoid. This salt-laden microwaveable entree is yet another place you'll find it! You'll also get a dose of over three teaspoons of sugar as well! Instead, you're better off making a small serving of whole grain pasta, quinoa or rice with vegetables and a little bit of fresh-baked chicken. Don't have time the time to make a fresh lunch or dinner every day? Take an hour every few days to make extra for leftovers. You'll save your health and a few bucks as well!
4) Diet Soda
It's not good for you. It doesn't help anyone lose weight. In fact, research has shown it has the opposite effect. Packed with non-nutritive sweeteners, like aspartame, sucralose or acesulfame potassium, diet sodas can be a metabolic disaster for a lot of people. If you need something sweet, try adding a splash of 100% fruit juice to sparkling water.
5) Special K Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Meal Bars
This 180 calorie bar is anything but a healthy meal replacement. Containing nearly four teaspoons of sugar, trans fats, soy (one food I think we should avoid) and 30+ ingredients, it's a far cry from good-for-you. Your body would be a lot better off with a tablespoon of peanut or almond nut butter and an apple.
6) 100 Calorie Right Bites Fudge Stripes
Just because something sounds light, doesn't mean it's better - and this is a perfect example. Containing enriched (refined) flour and trans fats, it wouldn't be hard to find 100 healthier calories elsewhere. A handful of dark chocolate chips, a handful of nuts or a small piece of cheese with fruit would do you body better!