Blame it on SRK’s six-pack-magic, Aamir’s eight-pack-charisma or Priyanka’s hot bikini body, but flaunting the flattest tummy and a set of well toned abs is the latest dream for many youngsters.
Constantly exercising your abdominals will never be enough if you do not pay attention to what you eat. In the quest to lose weight and fit into that perfect outfit, a lot of people tend to get carried away. Some take their diet plan to an extreme and restrict their intake of food.
While others indulge themselves every now and then in some sweet treats. Very often, we tend to think certain foods are healthy, when actually they could be killing your diet plan. From salty foods like popcorn to muffins, smoothies, sauces etc you need to be careful of some items.
While fresh vegetables are great sources of vitamins and minerals, the salad dressing could be doing you harm. The dressings are loaded with sugar, preservatives and lots of salt which contains harmful sodium.
Before choosing a fruit smoothie, keep in mind that it could contain upto 80 grams of sugar and often fruit pulp instead of fresh fruit. We usually tend to opt for these foods thinking they have health benefits but actually they don’t.
Muffins may seem like a healthy choice. They’re loaded with sugar and refined flour. Each muffin has a good 500 calories hidden in it. So before you pick one up, think twice.
Most of us think that when something is multigrain or contains cereals, it’s a healthier choice. Check your bread or pasta packet for its label. Most of the food items merely contain refined grains such as white flour. Unless it says its whole grain, you won’t be getting many benefits.
While cheese is made of milk which contains much required protein and calcium, it’s also full of fat. Most cheeses have added salt and artificial flavoring. Cheeses such as Feta or Parmesan or cheddar are healthier choices.
Anything loaded with salt is bad for you. The best way to curb your sodium intake is to avoid processed and canned foods. Say no to tinned tuna or luncheon meats as well. Instead choose healthier, fresh food options like fresh poultry and seafood.