• Give a Gift
  • Customer Service
  • Promotions
  • Videos
  • Blogs
  • Win
  • Games

June 10, 2013

10 Surprising Foods That Pack on the Pounds

Share
Special Offer

When you're trying to maintain your weight, it can be difficult to decipher which foods should be on our daily menus, and which we should ditch for good. With all of the trendy diets, health "buzzwords," and deceptive packaging we deal with on a day-to-day basis, the foods you once thought were figure friendly could actually be causing you to slowly pack on pounds. We consulted Lisa Drayer, a nutritionist, author, and spokesperson for Nectresse natural no calorie sweetener, who gave us the rundown on what we should — and more importantly, shouldn't — be snacking on this summer.

Dried Fruit: This common snack can be highly caloric. When fruit is dried, there is less water so sugar becomes more dense — like grapes dried into raisins. Portions should be limited to a quarter of a cup.

Peas and Corn: These vegetables are considered to be a starch because they have a high carbohydrate count. Consider them as bread-carb portions.

Granola: This is often masked as healthy, but a 1/2 - 3/4 cup of most types of cereal is equal to only 1/4 cup of granola in calorie count.

Avocado: These are packed with "good" fats, but when you consume avocados in dip form — yes, we mean guacamole — you can mindlessly consume hundreds of calories. Keep your avocado portions small, like slices on a sandwich.

Frozen yogurt: Unlike regular yogurt, frozen yogurt doesn't have live cultures, and it can have even more calories than ice cream.

Smoothies: Smoothies may seem healthy because of the nutritious ingredients like milk, berries, and banana, but they often have many calories and are loaded with 4 times the daily limit of sugar.

Glaceau Vitamin Water: This calorie drink can have as many calories as a can of soda and is enhanced with sugar.

Ground turkey burgers: This common beef substitute often has skin ground up in the meat, so make sure the turkey you're buying is lean and low in fat.

Energy bars: This grab-and-go snack should be limited to 200 calories per bar, unless you're using it as a meal substitute.

Gluten-free foods: Gluten-free foods are not necessarily healthier and still have a lot of calories — you're not saving in sugar or fat.


Share
Connect with Marie Claire:
Advertisement
horoscopes
daily giveaway
One (1) winner will receive a year’s supply of makeup products from L’Oréal Paris (ARV: $188) and a year’s supply of hair products from L’Oréal Paris (ARV: $108).

One (1) winner will receive a year’s supply of makeup products from L’Oréal Paris (ARV: $188) and a year’s supply of hair products from L’Oréal Paris (ARV: $108).

enter now
You Know You Want More
More From Health and Fitness
The 10 Biggest Myths About Cellulite

There's no cure for cellulite. Or is there?!

13 Food Myths You Shouldn't Believe

Forget everything you thought you knew about food.

A Revolutionary Way To Prevent HIV Is In The Works

For women, this could change everything.

post a comment

Special Offer
Link Your Marie Claire Account to Facebook
Welcome!

Marie Claire already has an account with this email address. Link your account to use Facebook to sign in to Marie Claire. To insure we protect your account, please fill in your password below.

Forgot Password?

Thanks for Joining

Your information has been saved and an account has been created for you giving you full access to everything marieclaire.com and Hearst Digital Media Network have to offer. To change your username and/or password or complete your profile, click here.

Continue
Your accounts are now linked

You now have full access to everything Marie Claire and Hearst Digital Media Network have to offer. To change your settings or profile, click here.

Continue