Many people are making the change
from consuming sugary cereals or fatty fried breakfasts
to eating a portion of muesli in the mornings.
This is no surprise, as muesli is often specifically marketed
to the health-conscious crowd.
However, you may be dismayed to learn that the type of muesli
that you can find in most stores is actually quite bad for your body
if you are trying to shed fat or maintain a healthy weight.
There are some muesli mixes which can have up to 500 calories per serving,
can have a high fat content and can contain an unacceptable amount of added sugar.
If you hate the idea of giving up muesli but are committed to eating healthily,
the best thing that you can do is make your own muesli.
HOW TO MAKE MUESLI
All you need to do is buy oats, sunflower seeds,
a very small amount of dried fruit as they are calorie packed.
and a mixture of your favourite nuts
With a serving of fat free milk, and some fresh fruit this healthy muesli
will give you the fuel you need to start your day
without causing your blood sugar levels to skyrocket.
2) BANANA CHIPS
Anything associated with fruits or vegetables
will tend to get a reputation as a healthy food,
but on closer examination it depends.
Banana chips could be healthy except the manufactured ones
are made by deep frying, which means that just one serving of them
will contain a staggering 10g of saturated fat and at least 150 calories.
In addition, banana chips contain fewer of the essential vitamins
and minerals that can be found in a fresh banana.
Bananas themselves are virtually fat free
and provide just 100 calories per average serving.
Banana chips are convenient and easier to keep fresh, and can annoy people
especially in the office when the peel sits in your garbage releasing unpleasant funes.
3) TUNA SUSHI
Not all unhealthy foods are bad for you because they cause you to gain weight;
some are dangerous in other ways.
Tuna sushi is a classic example of a seemingly healthy food
that can be hazardous to your health in large doses.
While sushi is compatible with trying to lose weight
because it is relatively low in calories and fat,
there is a hidden possibility of consuming an excess of mercury.
The key fact that you need to know
is that you should avoid eating more than six ounces of tuna sushi per week.
In particular, you should be aware of the fact that the sushi served in restaurants
typically tests as containing even more mercury than the types that you can buy in stores.
If you do end up consuming too much mercury, you can develop mercury toxicity
and may develop systems such as sleeplessness, weakness, poor memory,
vomiting, high blood pressure, anxiety and abdominal pain.
At worst, you could be at risk of sustaining neurological damage.
Further, pregnant women should be especially careful when it comes to tuna sushi,
as there is a documented increase of disabilities in unborn babies
whose mothers consume sources of mercury.
4) ENERGY BARS
Grocery stores love to put energy bars in the aisle reserved for foods
which enhance weight loss,
and these bars are also prominently featured in many health food stores.
However, the average energy bar is anything but good for your waistline,
and may well be even worse than a candy bar
when it comes to encouraging your body to store excess fat.
Most energy bars contain at least 500 calories,
providing the same amount of calories as a small dinner or a large lunch.
In spite of the huge amount of calories inside them, energy bars are often very small,
so you are likely to feel hungry again soon after eating one.
In addition, the sugar content tends to be shockingly large,
so many of the calories that come from energy bars turn out to be empty.
However, it is possible to find energy bars that are good for you.
If you want to find a healthy one that won’t undermine your attempts to lose weight
or stay slim, take a close look at the labels and pick a bar
which contains no more than around 220 calories
and gives you at least 4 grams of protein.
5) TRAIL MIX
Trail mix is a highly convenient snack,
and the fact that it typically contains plenty of nuts and dried fruit
tends to create the impression that it is a healthy addition to your diet.
However, most trail mix products often contain
sugar-covered nuts, yoghurt-coated raisins, corn syrup,
and the aforementioned deep fried banana chips.
As a result, just a couple of servings of trail mix could lead you
to accidentally consume up to 600 calories, a hefty amount of trans fats,
and excessive amounts of empty calories in the form of refined sugars.
If you eat trail mix on a regular basis,
you may be horrified and confused the next time you step onto the scales.
However, it is possible to locate and purchase healthy trail mix.
Bypass the mixes that are full of candy, and look out for ones
that are almost entirely comprised of nuts, with a couple of pieces of dark chocolate
and some dried fruit thrown in.
Eating conservative portions of this type of trail mix is perfectly compatible with living a
healthy lifestyle and keeping a trim figure.
HOW TO MAKE A HEALTHY TRAIL MIX
3/4 by volume nuts and seeds - select your favourite
1/8 by volume dried fruit - super packed with calories
1/8 by volume chocolate chips or other tasty but not necessarily healthy treats
6) PREPARED SALADS
A definite NO-NO
While some salads are truly good for you,
prepared salads can be just as bad as the burger you wanted to order.
The most popular salads found in restaurants
will often be drowned in extra fats and calories so that consumers will find them tastier.
If you are concerned that a restaurant salad might not be healthy,
ask your waiter about the ingredients. If you receive a vague answer or learn that your
salad will be full of calories, it is better to order something else from the menu.
Of course, an even better option is to make your own salad at home
Using green vegetables, lean meat, delicious herbs, fruits,
and a modest dressing with low fat and sugar content.
7) REDUCED FAT YOGHURTS
Dieters often gravitate towards the low fat yoghurt shelf in the dairy section,
because the promise of reduced fat content
implies that these yoghurts will be helpful for those who want to lose weight.
However, the lack of fat tends to create a taste that is bland at best, and outright
disgusting at worst. In an attempt to compensate, yoghurt manufacturers
will often choose to heap a lot of extra sugar into their products,
creating a much more palatable taste at the cost of selling an unhealthy snack.
In the end, the high sugar content can make these reduced fat yoghurts less healthy
than a regular yoghurt, so it pays to be particularly careful
when choosing yoghurts at the store.
The ideal yoghurt will contain low levels of sugar,
Once your eyes are open to the range of unhealthy foods that are advertised as being
healthy, your diet immediately becomes more conducive to developing a fit, slender body.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN YOGHURT.
Boil whole milk
Cover and cool to 50 C ( 1 1/2 hr - 2 hr for 2 litres depending on temp of your kitchen.)
Pour into finished container with starter ( use some from last batch or some plain Greek
Style Yoghurt )
Cover and let sit on counter until done , or store in fridge overnight
We do not stop being playful because we grow old
We grow old because we stop being playful
George Bernard Shaw
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