Improving your diet can be a challenge, especially when there’s so much confusion and misinformation floating around. Whether you’re trying to lose weight or commit to a healthier lifestyle, it can help to consult with a nutrition coach before stocking up at the grocery store. The professionals at J Train are dedicated to bettering the lives of their New York City clients by providing a range of fitness and nutrition services. They advise that some common foods have a reputation for being healthy but should be avoided.
5 Supposedly Healthy Foods
1. Multi-Grain Bread
Multi-grain bread contains several different types of grains. The whole-wheat variety is what has the most fiber and vitamins, so if your bread isn’t 100% whole wheat, it’s probably missing quite a bit of nutritional value. Also, multi-grain products often have refined, processed grains that aren’t necessarily good for you.
2. Gluten Free Snacks
Avoiding gluten (the protein found in wheat, rye and barley) is very beneficial for the digestive systems of people affected by Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. But simply because a product does not contain gluten, does not automatically deem it to be healthy. Many gluten-free snacks are packed with refined sugars and additives that can easily increase your daily caloric intake if you are not cautious. So be informed and read your labels when purchasing gluten-free items.
The majority of granola products are packed with sugar. Even smaller portion sizes can make your calorie intake quite high and isn’t likely to be fully satisfying, leaving you hungry enough to consume more. Be cautious when buying granola and seek out products that are specifically low in sugar and high in fiber.
4. Pre-Made Smoothies
Store-bought smoothies usually have additional ingredients besides fruit and vegetables that quickly turn them into a high-calorie liquid. When you make smoothies at home, you can control the portion sizes and make sure nothing goes in that will add unnecessary sugar and calories.
5. Frozen Diet Meals
Although frozen diet meals eliminate a good deal of the calories and fat found in traditional frozen meals, they’re still high in sodium. Keep in mind these are also processed foods that have contain little to no nutrients.
Living a healthy life begins with education. Hiring a nutrition coach is a great way to get started on the right path. Contact J Train at (212) 255-2570, and visit them online to learn more about their fitness services, including home visits, private training, and acupuncture. You can also follow them on Instagram for more updates at @jtrainwellness.
By J Train