Common mistakes we make while trying to get in shape: Eating the wrong way

So, you’re hooked. You want to be healthy. Great!

Unfortunately, it’s common that people will make mistakes when they are trying to be fit.

When you make fitness a goal, you need to go about it the right way.

If you want to actually see results from your fitness routine, read on.

In this post, I’ll focus eating “no no’s,” and I’ll pick up with mistakes people make at the gym in the next one!

Slip-ups while eating

Blurred grocery store and shopping cart

Eating the right way can be confusing.  It also can be frustrating when you hear something is good for you and then you find out that it isn’t good for you at all.  We hear it all the time…

Eating “low-fat”

Foods that are marketed as low-fat or fat- free are NOT good for you. They usually save you a few calories, but they replace harmless fats with low-performing carbs that digest quickly. This will cause a sugar rush and, immediately afterward, rebound hunger.

Some tricks that might get you:

  • Low-fat yogurt — Is NOT good for you!

So much sugar and other fake ingredients are loaded into the low-fat yogurt to make up for the loss of flavor from fat. Fatty yogurt isn’t very good for you either because it still contains a lot of sugar.

Vanilla chobani yogurt

Healthy yogurt choice

Your best bet is to switch to eating Greek yogurt, which is made with less sugar. Try to avoid the ones with the fruit on the bottom since that “fruit” is loaded with sugar, too!

I actually prefer vanilla Greek yogurt to any other yogurt. Give chobani a try! It’s loaded with protein, and it’s delicious.

  • Reduced-fat peanut butter –Don’t even think about it!

Regular peanut butter is good for you! You will not be doing yourself a favor by choosing a reduced-fat peanut butter. Peanuts are full of healthy monounsaturated fats so it is best to go with the natural or normal version of peanut butter. Most of the reduced fat versions have the same amount of calories because when they take out the fat they add in sugar and other gross fillers!

Granola and protein bars = CANDY

Granola bars

Let’s start with granola bars. You’re in a rush, so you grab a granola bar on the go, thinking you’ve made a quick and nutritious choice.

I hate to break it to you, but most granola bars are NOT healthy! Most of them contain candy-like ingredients and are usually dipped in a sugary syrup. They are also highly processed, contain artificial ingredients and have little fiber in them. So you end up eating a snack that is full of fat and sugar with hardly any nutritional value.

Many protein bars are also loaded with sugar and lack fiber and other nutritional factors. They are high in calories, ranging from 150 to 300 and more, and are full of artery-clogging saturated and/ or trans fat! Yuck!

How to pick the right healthy foods

The first and easiest step to making sure you’re eating healthier is to buy unprocessed and natural foods.

What should you look for?

  • White meats
  • Fresh veggies and fruits
  • Whole grain starches (without added sugar or corn syrup)

Next, you have to read the labels!

First, look at how much sodium, sugar and fat (especially trans-fats and saturated fats) the item has. Don’t buy it if it has high amounts of any of these additives!Man reading ingredients at grocery store

Make sure you read the ingredients, too. The fewer the better. If there is ever an ingredient on food that you can’t pronounce, then don’t buy it!

Avoid man-made ingredients:

  • Corn syrup
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Aspartame
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG)

These fake ingredients are used to make bad foods taste better. They are not good for you!  Keep your foods simple, and you just can’t go wrong!

Look for what you should avoid doing at the gym, next! I’ll talk about the common mistakes we all make in our workout routine (yes, everyone makes mistakes!)

You want to be healthy, right? Stay tuned.


6 thoughts on “Common mistakes we make while trying to get in shape: Eating the wrong way

  1. Great article. Trying to tell people that low fat or no-fat items are bad for you just get stares. I think it is because people do not read labels. If they did, they probably would not buy these foods.

    • Yes! Thank you. They don’t read labels and give in to what society tells them is true. People think they are doing themselves a favor, when in reality, they are worse off by eating certain “healthy” foods. Stay tuned for the next post on working out mistakes!

  2. I love so many of the tips in this post! People need to make sure they understand what they’re eating. I sometimes eat protein bars because I need some quick protein, but it’s overall a much better choice to eat regular peanut butter or Greek yogurt. The strange syrup so often found on granola or protein bars is truly gross. As a vegetarian, I consider myself label-conscious, but I still sometimes get tripped up by what I’m buying. Thanks for the tips!

  3. I think this is a great article full of really helpful information! As SPBrunner wrote, if you just say that these foods/snacks are bad for you, people don’t understand why. This is actually the first article I’ve continued reading about these snacks because you gave reasons. I am intrigued by all the information you provided since I had no idea that yogurt and protein bars are generally unhealthy. Those are my go-to snacks, but not anymore! Thank you for keeping us informed on a lot of foods that have tricked us in stores! I’ll be sure to start reading labels/ingredients, as I agree others should as well!!

    • I’m happy to hear that, Jill! It is so easy to be tricked in stores. I also found it hard to believe that many snacks that are marketed as healthy are actually really bad for us! Reading the ingredients will help you immensely.

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