You’ve been eating as healthy as you can stand. But that scale won’t budge. Frustrated, you go back to your whole grain, gluten-free, organic, vegan dish.
Still no change.
Why does it keep happening?
You might be choosing the wrong foods.
Food labels are tricky. Many make you think you’re choosing the healthier option when you’re not. A great example I can think of is Nutella. When it first came out, most of us believed it hazelnut spread that was a healthier alternative to peanut butter.
Now we know the amount of sugar in it makes it no different than chocolate. But if all you read were labels, you’d never know.
That’s what many of these “organic,” “gluten-free” or “raised with antibiotics” foods are doing to us these days.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how “healthy” it is if you’re over on calories. If you consume more calories than your body burns, you will not lose weight.
Here are a few foods perceived as healthy to watch out for.
6 High-Calorie Foods That Are Considered “Healthy”
1. Brown Rice
Brown rice is quite frankly not that much better than regular rice. It actually has about the same amount of calories as white rice, and just as many carbs.
While there are some benefits to brown rice, it’s definitely a high-calorie food, as one cup is 216 calories. And one cup is not very much. Most people will have more like two cups per serving, which puts 4oo calories toward a side dish.
You don’t have to forego brown rice, but keep that in mind when planning out your meals.
2. Salads and Dressings
Salads are often perceived as healthy. And they certainly can be. But if you’re not careful, you can easily consume the same amount of calories as fast food.
Take for example the Wendy’s Chicken Caesar Salad. That has 720 calories. The quarter-pound cheeseburger? 510 calories.
If there is fried meat, croutons or dressing, make sure you read up first before consuming too many calories.
3. Chia Seeds
Let’s take a moment to talk about these deceptive little monsters.
First off, don’t trust things that claim to “detox your body.” That’s the job of your liver. It doesn’t need aid from other products to work efficiently. Very, very few of these types of products do anything to “detox” you.
Chia seeds will make you more…regular, to be polite, which could be a plus (or a negative). but you aren’t going to lose weight simply by adding Chia Seeds to your diet.
Just one ounce is 138 calories. And if you’re filling up your drink or smoothies with these, I can practically guarantee you’re using much more than one ounce.
To learn more about why “detox” diet doesn’t work, head to this blog post.
4. Whole Grain Bread
Yet another perceived healthy food that can ruin weight loss.
Is it better than white bread? Sure, in some ways. But not for shedding pounds. It has the same amount of calories, about 70 calories per slice. If you can stand lettuce wrapping, or even just making an open-faced sandwich, it will cut down a lot of calories and carbs, which can really help in the long run.
Sorry, everyone. Granola is a lie.
It’s generally high in sugar, carbs, low in protein and is packed with calories. One half cup has about 200 calories.
But yours is organic, you say? Your body doesn’t care what type of sugar it is. It’s sugar. Even the “no sugar added” granolas usually have honey, berries or something sweet in it to make the grams of sugar still high. And sure, it’s great that it’s not cane sugar or high fructose corn syrup. But it is sugar, and that translates to high calories, regardless of the type.
If you’re needing healthier alternatives to breakfast, check out this blog post.
6. Macadamia Nuts
Nuts can be a good source for a high-protein, low-carb snack. But the downside is they are high in calorie. Before you scarf your mouth with these, be sure to check the calorie content.
Macadamia is the biggest culprit with 900 calories in just one cup! They’re definitely more to enjoy as a small snack and not to be filled.
If you have any questions on eating healthy or the amount of calories you should consume each day, share with me in the comments below or call/text me at 480.238.4643.