By Jan Hauser
Weight Loss Coach, Personal Trainer Food
Everywhere you go, you see foods marketed as good for you. But are they also good at helping you to burn fat? The answer will surprise you!
Check out these 13 sneaky “health foods” –and learn what to eat instead.
Sushi rice tops the list of all the rices in its ability to put fat on your body because it is sticky. Sticky rice can be digested quickly, dumping carbohydrates right into your bloodstream. The rapid rise in blood sugar levels after eating sushi rice triggers fat storage.
The Personal Trainer Food Way: Order sashimi instead of sushi. Sashimi is just slices of raw fish that don’t come with rice. However, many restaurants mistakenly serve it on top of a sushi roll. If that happens, push the roll to the side and just eat the fish.
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2. Dried Fruits
Once dried, a cup of grapes shrinks to a 1/4 cup of raisins, dense with fruit sugars. With the reduced volume, dried fruit doesn’t fill you up like the original fruit, so you eat more. To make matters worse, food manufacturers frequently infuse dried fruits with sugar. Some contain so much sugar that they are actually “candied fruit.”
The Personal Trainer Food Way: A fresh apple once a day is a better snack to keep at your desk or in your home. Apples fill you up, and along with a smart eating program like Personal Trainer Food have been shown to enhance weight loss.
3. Salad Bars
Salads and dark leafy greens are awesome at helping you eat healthier. But the salad bar is riddled with foods that will pile on pounds. In addition to croutons, they feature candied nuts, sugar-coated dried fruits, granola, potato salad, pasta, Asian noodles, tortilla strips, fruit parfaits, and sugary-sweet dressings.
The Personal Trainer Food Way: When you get to the salad bar, LOAD your plate with leafy greens, then start selecting non-starchy veggies, meats, eggs and cheese– just like we tell you in the simple fat loss guidelines you get with every order. Leave NO room on your plate for the junk food.
Smoothies are nothing more than a thinly disguised milk shake. Both easily have up to 14 teaspoons of sugar. Even if you make your smoothies from fresh fruit at home, the incredibly high level of fruit sugars taxes your system so your body is forced to store fat.
The Personal Trainer Food Way: If you are craving a sweet, fruity taste, try non-caloric flavored waters or water enhancers such as Crystal Light. You can also make your own fat-burning fruit-infused drinks.
5. Bran Muffins
In terms of baked goods, a bran muffin seems like a wholesome option. But you might as well have a piece of chocolate cake –with frosting. It has the same sugar content. If you think that the bran in the muffin makes it healthier than cake, think again. Those sharp, woody flakes have been known to cause GI upset and bloating that can also tip the scale.
The Personal Trainer Food Way: If you are trying to eat right at your local coffee shop, look for protein platters, chicken salad, and even breakfast sandwiches. Set aside the carby parts of those meals such as the bread, peanut butter, fruit and beans.
6. Granola and Granola Bars
The word “granola” evokes a healthy, hippie image but this food has changed radically through the years. Today’s granola is drenched in sugar and usually has tons of candied fruit and even chocolate chips in it. Chocolate-coated or not, granola bars are no better than candy bars.
The Personal Trainer Food Way: Granola and granola bars have no place in your diet if you are trying to lose weight. To get the results you want, snack on apples, nuts, deli meats and cheese sticks instead. Our You Choose Program includes some great fat-burning snack options!
7. Sports Drinks
Most sports drinks are not much more than colored sugar water. Unless you are an serious athlete who participates in intensely heavy training sessions, you don’t need them. It’s easy to cancel out the fat-burning effects of your workout if you drink sugar-laden sports drinks instead of water.
The Personal Trainer Food Way: Many people chug down their water just before doing their workout routine– but that doesn’t hydrate your body properly. Sipping on your water throughout the day is the best way to prepare for and recover from your workouts.
While thinner than a slice of bread, a twelve inch wrap has more than double the carbs as two slices of bread. And, because you can put so much more in a wrap, it doesn’t take much to make a whale-sized serving. This compounds the fat-potential of this food.
The Personal Trainer Food Way: There’s nothing wrong with eating a hearty wrap, just do it the right way so you won’t gain fat. Use leafy greens like lettuce, kale or collards as your wrap and fill it with meats, non-starchy vegetables, cheese and full-fat dressings. Almost any delicious Personal Trainer Food entree can be wrapped up this way.
9. Agave Syrup
Agave syrup is all the rage as a sugar substitute because it doesn’t spike blood sugar levels. BUT agave is actually WORSE for you than High Fructose Corn Syrup. Fructose in large quantities will make you insulin-resistant, and promotes ugly belly fat. High Fructose Corn Syrup is 80% fructose. Agave is a whopping 90% fructose!
The Personal Trainer Food Way: If you have agave syrup in your house, throw it out immediately. Need a sweet treat that won’t make your belly bulge? Try this.
10. Rice Cakes
Rice cakes have long been the darling of dieters. But this starchy snack has no protein, fat or fiber; they are just empty calories. In fact, when you eat them, you are pretty much guaranteed to put on weight. The reason? They have a fat-promoting glycemic index of 91– as much as pure glucose.
The Personal Trainer Food Way: Craving crunchy snacks? Go for sliced cucumbers, baby carrots, sliced radishes, bell pepper wedges, almonds or crispy apple slices. These foods will burn fat, not store it.
11. Ancient Grains
There is no such thing as an ancient grain– all grains can be traced back to the beginning of time. So-called ancient grains fell out of favor when wheat became popular. They are making a comeback with buzzwords that make them sound healthy. While some of their nutritional profiles are better than standard wheat, they are still starchy grains that should be avoided if you want to lose weight.
The Personal Trainer Food Way: If you are in your fat loss phase, avoid all starchy grains no matter how young or ancient they are.
12. Veggie Burgers
Most people think that if a food is “vegetarian” that it is automatically good for you. But consider this: veggie burgers are more highly processed than a plain ground beef burger. Furthermore, the starchy ingredients can add up to as many –or more calories as a burger. All those starchy calories will make you fat, but the ground beef burger won’t.
The Personal Trainer Food Way: Lose weight by eating the 100% beef Angus burger like the juicy one on our menu with all the fixings. Yes, you can have things like cheese, mayonnaise, mustard, pickles, and avocado. Just skip the bun!
13. Diet Food
Diet foods you find at the grocery store and some big-name weight loss programs are just glorified TV dinners at a premium price. The disappointing portions of cardboard food and cheap starchy fillers will make you gain weight instead of lose it.
The Personal Trainer Food Way: Real meat, vegetables, eggs and nuts is the delicious and satisfying way to feed your body right and lose weight. You were made to live on real food, not diet food. Eat the right foods like Personal Trainer Foods and you will lose weight.
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Jan is a 14-year veteran in the fitness industry and has personally coached and trained thousands of people to live fit and healthy lives around the world. 100 pounds ago, she knew exactly what it is like to be obese, sick and unhappy, feeling like there was nothing that could be done about the excess fat she had gained. That is why she couldn’t be happier to be a part of the Personal Trainer Food team today. She has successfully and permanently lost the fat using the principles of this program.