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There are many foods out there that may seem Ok but are actually high in calories or fat. Ten of them are:

  1. Rice Cakes—they can contain considerable amounts of high glycemic index carbohydrates. When eaten, foods rated high on the glyemic index will cause a rapid rise in your blood sugar level. These simple carbs may stimulate unwanted fat storage and slow your body’s fat-burning capabilities.
  2. Fruit Juice—it is not only calorie-dense, but also high in sugar. By drinking water instead, you can save between 110-200 calories per cup as well as reducing your sugar intake.
  3. Flavored Oatmeal—sugar is usually high on the indredient list in flavored oatmeal packets. It’s better to cut down on the packets or use unflavored oatmeal.
  4. Alcohol—although it doesn’t contain fat, it is loaded with calories.
  5. Salad Dressings—salads can be an ideal food for supporting weight loss. They may not be your best choice when you add fat-loaded dressings. A typical dressing has between 6-8 grams of fat and 75 calories. A person usually puts on 3-4 teaspoons equaling 30 grams of fat and 300 calories. The best choice is a low fat dressing…such as vinegarette.
  6. Muffins—they can be very calorie-dense. Beware of the low fat muffins, many of them contain more sugar to compensate for the lack of fat.
  7. Breaded Chicken or Fish—they may contain ample servings of protein, but also lots of unwanted fat. Opt for grilled or broiled.
  8. Frozen Yogurt—it has long been one of the most popular “health foods” available. What many don’t realize is that while non-fat frozen yogurt might have less fat, it is not calorie free. It can still contain carbohydrates that can be converted to fat. Many of the frozen yogurt varieties are low in protein and calcium.
  9. Deli Meats—may commercial deli meats are high in fat and sodium. Some may also contain sugar. Your best choice is lean turkey or chicken.
  10. Regular Sodas—a 16-ounce glass of regular soda contains 197 more calories than a diet soda. The majority of these calories come from simple sugars. If you have to drink soda, stick with diet.

Some of these items have been an eye- opener for me. I’m going to start reading all the ingredients on what I buy.