- Pre-Measured Packs - this is referring to those 100-calorie snack packs. This is due to the fact that we don't usually stick with just one pack!
- "Diet" Treats - When we select fat-free and sugar-free food options, many times these foods up the fat and hidden sugars in the food. This does not lead to fewer calories in the product.
- Liquid Calories - This is probably the easiest area to blow our diets. A can of pop has 10 tsp. of sugar - lattes are loaded - and many of us add lots of sugar and cream to our tea and coffee. Alcoholic beverages also pack a calorie punch. Even fruit juices will many times have added sugar, so when keeping track of dietary choices, include your beverage choices in the equation.
- Super-Snacks - this refers to our tendency to graze through the day. The authors recommend limiting snacks to two per day, and keep track of the serving size
- Rich Proteins - I think many of us are aware of this diet sabotager. Lean proteins (chicken, fish, beans) pack fewer calories than sirloin and processed meats.
- Fat-Free Salad Dressings - This is similar to staying away from fat-free diet treats. The dressing is filled with extra sugar and calories. We actually need some fat in order to absorb fat soluble nutrients from our food.
- Baked Potato Chips - These chips are still loaded with calories, and do not contain nutrients. The authors recommend popcorn as a better option - I would recommend organic popcorn. Many people are sensitive to corn products, so if you experience fatigue or headache the day after you eat popcorn, you may have a sensitivity.
I am still reading the book List Maker's Get-Healthy Guide by the editors of Prevention. I chose this list just based on how frustrating it can be to lose weight,and many times we are being sabotaged by foods that we consider to be healthy options. As a side note, according to the Washington University School of Medicine, on average, we eat an additional 236 calories on weekends which can lead to a 9-pound weight gain over a year's time. Thinking of my own diet, I am sure that I eat even more than that on weekends! The following is a list from the authors of this book as to the top 7 foods that sabotage dieting efforts: