Thursday 1st March 2018 - Tagged: Lifestyle, Nutrition

Here are some popular healthy fats that are making you fat:

1. Avocado
Avocado is one of my favourite foods, especially when transformed into the amazing guacamole.
The problem is how much we consume. Half an avocado is normally a pretty good measure when eating a meal. I love mine with fajitas (freshly made of course).

2. Nuts
Nuts are a great healthy fat, but they have the same problem as avocado… consumption.
Nuts are far too easy to keep eating. We must remember that fats are higher in calories (9cals per gram) then carbs and protein (4cals per gram).
By the way, when I say nuts I don’t mean peanuts. Peanuts are legumes and grow underground. Actual nuts grow on trees.

3. Fruit Yoghurts
Fruit yoghurts aren’t a food I eat regularly, but for many of us they are.
The problem here is the ‘fruit’ part which consists of sugar, corn syrup and a little fruit juice.
Really simple guys. Add your own fruit to your unsweetened yoghurts and I promise you that your body will appreciate it.

4. Fruit Juices
Sticking with fruit, lets now look at it as a liquid.
I never have fruit juices in my diet at all. They send your insulin levels up and down like a yo-yo. You simply don’t need them in your life.
Eat fruit instead as it will give you some healthy fibre and leave you more aware of how much you are consuming.

5. Granola
Granola is a high calorie food that’s full of sugar.
Granted, there are some decent fats in there, but realistically a bowl of granola is far too much.
Maybe try switching to oats and sprinkling some granola over the top so you still get that bit of sweet you’re looking for.

6. Lite Foods
Lastly, this is the big one for me as we are fooled into believing that the word ‘lite’ means healthy or better for us… BULLS**T!!!
These foods are additive rich, chemically engineered and over processed. These are the foods that are likely to give you health issues in later life. Just because they are slightly less in calories then their original foods doesn’t mean they are ‘better for you’.

There you have it. Healthy fats that are making you fat.
Remember that moderation does and always will hold the key to nutritional success.
No one should tell you what you can or can’t have in life (unless it’s your mum), but stick with moderation and you’ll find a fair balance and enjoy a far better lifestyle.

Stewart (SMPT)