4 Healthy Foods That May Be Derailing Your Diet

You Don't Have to Give Up Chips and Guacamole!

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that big plates of pasta and rich desserts can make the scale groan, but some of the foods that you always thought were healthy may also be keeping you from shedding those last stubborn pounds.

Here are four healthy foods that can derail your diet:

Avocado

I was excited to read in the Nutrition Journal that people who ate a half an avocado every day had less body mass and smaller waists. Avocados contain healthy amounts of fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin K, vitamin C and potassium.

One of the popular ways to use avocados is in guacamole. Once you add chips to the mix, it’s easy to overeat. Just ¼ cup of guacamole contains 8 grams of fat, but nutritionists consider 1/5 of the avocado as one serving. That cuts the fat down to 4.5 grams.

Almonds

A big handful of almonds hits the spot when you’re starving between meals. I was surprised that a cup of almonds has a scale-busting calorie count of 529 calories and 45 grams of fat.

Keep calories down by measuring ¼ cup portions into zip lock bags, and when the snacking urge hits, you have a healthy serving ready to eat.

Egg Whites

I see so many breakfast sandwiches made with egg whites, but the ones I have tried don’t have much taste and are not a satisfying meal.

Eggs have received a bad rap in recent years with nutrition experts because they can raise cholesterol levels. However, the yolk contains choline, which is an essential fat-burning ingredient.

Now, nutritionists are chilling out, and recommending no more than 2 egg yolks a day.

Multi-Grain Bread

What could be healthier than a sandwich made on multi-grain bread? Before you pack that sandwich, read the nutrition label. Terms such as “whole grains”, “7-grain,” and “multi-grain” can mean that enriched white flour may be mixed in with some whole grains, but you don’t know how much. Multi-grain bread is often higher in sugar and calories.

Choose breads that are 100% whole-grain.

 

 

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