6 Surprising Foods That Might Be Sabotaging Your Weight Loss

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Published on: July 31, 2015

While we try to do our best to eat smart and steer clear of the “bad” foods, we might still be sabotaging our diet and health goals unknowingly, since there are some supposedly good-for-you foods that are not really that good for you. So before you start filling your grocery basket with the not-so-healthy edibles, here are six superfoods that don’t really live up to their hype.


  1. Yogurt. Although yogurt is packed with good bacteria and is rich in calcium and protein, most yogurt brands still contain too much sugar. Labels stating that they’re low-fat usually have a high sugar content. Some flavoured yogurts even contain 24 grams of sugar, and that’s just over you daily recommended sugar intake.


  1. Soy Foods. Processed or not, consuming soy in high quantities can actually be harmful as it contain plant compounds that resemble the human oestrogen. By consuming a lot of soy products, you’ll increase your risk of infertility, disrupted endocrine function and even breast cancer.


  1. Nuts. Nuts are not really that bad and are actually a great grab-and-go snack if you only watch your portion size. The ideal serving of nuts would only be ¼ cup, containing around 160 to 220 calories. So remember to always portion your nut servings, and make sure that you buy dry-roasted or raw nuts to avoid extra oil and salt.

 Bowl of mixed nuts

  1. Spinach and Kale. Although both leafy greens rank at the top of the list for their nutrient density, eating too much of spinach and kale can actually be harmful to your health. Both veggies are actually rich in oxalates, which if combined with calcium, can increase your risk of getting kidney stones. Always remember that when it comes to eating fruits and veggies, variety is the key. So practise alternating a variety of vegetables in your diet, such as asparagus, Brussel sprouts, eggplants and peppers.


  1. Quinoa. Even though quinoa is said to be an excellent source of protein and fibre, eating it in excess can still cause some problem in your health. Excessive quinoa consumption can cause gas and bloating, and even your most dreaded weight gain.

While some of these foods can help you in achieving your weight loss goals, it’s still important to ensure that you eat them in right amounts to ensure that you’ll only get their health benefits and not their harmful effects.


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