10 Diet Foods That Actually Make It Harder to Lose Weight
Watch out, dieters -- foods targeted at you may actually be working against the goal of losing weight and staying healthy. Sugars masquerading behind other names or in processed forms, artificial ingredients, and disproportionate amounts of carbohydrates to fat and protein are all factors.
For most people, weight gain and health issues stem from getting too much sugar, which gets turned into fat, after avoiding dietary fat. But nature provides a balance of fat and sugar for a reason: to balance the way it is absorbed into the bloodstream, with the fat slowing down the sugar. When the fat is taken away, the balance is lost, with negative effects on short- and long-term weight and health. Rather than reach for fat-free or diet versions of a favorite food, go for a smaller amount of the real thing. Similarly, when a craving for a treat hits, opt for something that offers some form of nutrition rather than just empty calories.