For years I struggled with my weight and had no idea what foods to eat to lose weight and how to maintain a healthy body weight. Although that’s all changed now, I can still relate to how confusing it can be to make healthy food choices because I was once that girl who was clueless about health.
I was always running after my own tail, jumping from one fad diet to the next and feeling hopeless and frustrated that I wasn’t getting the results I longed for so much. The struggle was real!
During my health journey I’ve realised one of the single biggest reason it’s confusing to make healthy food choices is because there’s so much misinformation out there.
Not to mention food manufacturers love using clever marketing slogans and buzz words on their products to convince consumers that their product is somewhat of a healthy option when instead they are the very thing making you gain extra pounds while wrecking your health at the same time.
So today I’m going to clear up some things, so you have an easier time to make the best choices for yourself when it comes to your health.
After all, our health lies in our hands so it’s really important to know exactly where we’re going wrong and that’s why I’m exposing these 5 “health” foods that are labelled as healthy but are actually far from it!
Contrary to popular beliefs, dairy is not a health or weight loss food. It’s acid forming, congestive and causes inflammation in the body. It can trigger acne and allergies such as asthma.
It also contains saturated fat and cholesterol and naturally occurring hormones which all contribute to weight gain.
Which makes perfect sense since dairy is, in fact, baby cow’s growth formula.It’s designed to turn a 65pound calf into a 700pound cow as quickly as possible. No wonder one of the side effects of consuming dairy is weight gain!
In fact, I remember when I newly started my health journey; dairy was actually the first thing I cut out my diet.
I stopped drinking milk, eating cheese, yoghurt and anything else that had dairy in it and within a couple weeks I lost inches off my waist and slimmed down. All without doing any exercise or cutting anything else out my diet, just the dairy.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying cutting out dairy out your diet is the only thing you have to do to lose weight; there are other factors you have to consider when it comes to weight loss, like staying hydrated, doing regular exercise and following a healthy diet, but cutting out dairy products will make you lose weight faster than if you don’t.
And if you think you can never give up cheese or other dairy products, not to worry! You don’t have to give them up because they are many alternative dairy products in almost every major supermarket these days. You can get dairy-free cheese, milk, yoghurt etc. which all taste delicious and come with way less saturated fat and no cholesterol.
Whether they’re conventional, cage-free, free-range or organic, eggs are one of the unhealthiest foods you can consume. In fact, they’re the single largest source of cholesterol in the standard western diet and contain artery-clogging fats, which puts you at a high risk of heart attack, stroke and even type 2 diabetes.
One egg has as much cholesterol as one big mac making it clear that eggs are far from a weight loss food and there’s nothing healthy about them! They promote obesity and disease and like all animal products, you should work towards eliminating them from your diet for good.
In the last 10 years, media outlets have been exposing the health consequences of consuming red meat and more and more people are becoming aware that red meat is very unhealthy and is linked to diseases and because of this, many people turn to chicken and fish thinking its the healthier and leaner option but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Both chicken and fish are not much better than red meat as they also contain saturated fat and cholesterol and are also linked to obesity and chronic diseases.
Switching from red meat to white meat doesn’t lower bad cholesterol and still puts you at risk of developing all the diseases associated with red meat.
The bottom line is all animal products are high in fat by default and are all linked to weight gain, which leads to obesity and disease. So if you want to lose weight and maintain a healthy body, you must eliminate all animal foods from your diet.
All oils are unhealthy and promote weight gain. Yes, even coconut oil and olive oil, which are mistakenly often marketed as health foods, which couldn’t be further from the truth.
Don’t get me wrong I love both coconut oil and olive oil and they’re great for external use (on skin and hair) but they’re not weight loss foods and are not the healthiest foods to consume.
This is because oil is a processed food (just like refined white sugar) and is made up of 100% fat. No food in nature is 100% of one macronutrient. All the foods in nature contain all of the 3 macronutrients ( carbohydrates, protein and fat) in varies degrees because that’s how nature creates food, as a combination of nutrients not as an isolated nutrient.
So if you want to lose weight and maintain a lean, healthy body avoiding oil 90% of the time is a must as its just pure fat and will make your body pile on weight fast if you consume it regularly.
And although we need sources of healthy fat in our diet it’s better to stick with sources of fats from whole foods such as avocados, nuts and seeds, which contain the healthy fats as well as fibre, protein, vitamins, minerals and all the other nutrients, as nature intended.
5.Low fat & sugar-free products
We’ve all seen the low-fat and sugar-free labels. They’re very popular with diet foods. From yoghurts to mayonnaise to diet sodas, they’re everywhere! The problem with these labels is that they can be very misleading.
Just because something is “sugar-free” or “low fat” it doesn’t necessarily make that product is healthier. In fact, most of the time it makes the product just as bad (if not worse!) as the original version.
A lot of the time to make the product “low-fat” or “sugar-free” other unhealthy ingredients are added or replaced. For example, diet drinks replace sugar with an artificial sweetener called aspartame, which yes doesn’t have as many calories as white refined sugar but it comes with serious side effects.
Aspartame has been linked to many health problems including memory loss, migraines and surprisingly even weight gain!!
The solution to avoid eating chemical-laced products would be to avoid eating processed foods and stick to eating whole, plant-based foods.
So there are the top 5 foods that are normally mistaken as healthy foods that you want to avoid. You’ve probably noticed that all the foods listed are either animal-based foods or processed foods and that is exactly the problem.
Meat dairy and eggs are not human foods and are linked to obesity and disease. Packaged processed foods are very convenient but they’re unhealthy and linked to obesity and disease.
That’s why I always recommend eating whole, plant-based foods and less processed, manufactured, packaged products. Eating a vegan diet that is predominantly made up of whole plant foods makes it easy for you to eat healthily, lose weight and maintain a healthy body for life.
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