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Foods That Could Bust Your Diet

We all try so hard to keep to a healthy diet, but sometimes we may be trying so hard that we don't realize we are doing more harm than good. To keep us on top of things, WebMD has created a list of the top diet busting foods (and I have elaborated):

  • Soups: Stay away from cream based soups and stick to low calorie soups that are broth based.
  • Sugar-Free Cookies: No Sugar does not mean no calories or that it's good for you.
  • Pork: Stick to tenderloin and sirloin if you need the other white meat.
  • Coffee: Orange Frappuccino - Need I say more?
  • Salad Dressings: Get dressing on the side or water it down and check out my nutritional breakdown on popular dressings.
  • Breakfast Bars: Watch out for high fructose corn syrups.
  • Dried Fruits and Granola: A handful of both is OK, with more than that you'll be adding more calories and fat.
  • Juice and Soda: They aren't just drinks and the calories do (and will) add up.
  • Low-Fat/Low-Cal Foods: The problem here is that most people see low calorie on the label and eat three times as much because, well, it's low-cal.
  • Nuts: Like dried fruit, nuts are great for you just in small handfuls worth, not in small jars worth.

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MissMisery960 MissMisery960 8 years
I've stayed away from these foods/drinks for awhile, but there were no changes....
soup is my weakness. :(
sartorialgal sartorialgal 10 years
oh, you know what i do if i feel like a soda but dont want the calories, i just juice half an orange add some mint leaves and ice and pour on club soda or sparkling mineral water. Low cal no sugar and fizzy!
xMiss-Worldx xMiss-Worldx 10 years
oh wow, thank you so much for the tips! this is really helpful!
Basma Basma 10 years
Thanks amazing and helpgul tips :) ,,,OMG we eat alot of fat daily !!!
kiddylnd kiddylnd 10 years
What you really have to watch out for are those stinkin 100 calorie packs! Yeah, 100 calories but they have 2, 3, 4...even 6 grams of fat sometimes! 6 grams of fat for a teeny, tiny little snack! I can find MUCH better ways to spend 6 grams of fat. Heck, I could eat dinner on 6 grams of fat!
Chaoticfury Chaoticfury 10 years
Cream of mushroom soup was heaven to me!!! I let go in March finally and replaced it with miso (not exactly the same, but I'll live). That was my biggest weakest.
i-am-elle i-am-elle 10 years
I can't seem to stay away from soda and I ate a whooooole bunch of yummy peanuts yesterday. Dangit!!
onesong onesong 10 years
i'm pretty set on all of these, but i will remind you ladies that you need some fat and calories to make your meal stick with you! so if you're eating a salad for lunch, definitely get the ranch dressing...i like the dipping idea, but the dressing will keep your lunch with you for a few hours and keep those 3 pm angry tummy gremlins at bay.
misskboo misskboo 10 years
The problem with dried fruit is that the sugar content is extremely high (which means the calorie and carbohydrate is too). The water has been removed which intensifies the flavour and sweetness. Imagine a handful of fresh cranberries and then imagine if they were all dried - there is not much there so most people tend to eat more than they need. Dried fruit is a good source of energy in moderation though. I mix some with some raw nuts (about 1/4 cup total) in a baggie for a snack. I am never without a snack if I need one and it satisfys the sweet and savoury cravings (and I know it's good for me).
Pink_Lipstick Pink_Lipstick 10 years
I still eat low-calorie foods, but my diet of choice is simple calorie counting, so I have good portion control. I'm trying to decrease my soda intake though; I always drink diet soda, but I still need more water.
Moody Moody 10 years
I love nuts and dried fruit. But I have no portion control... :(
kaa kaa 10 years
MaggieTheCat: the problem with dried fruit is that compared to fresh fruit, it's very calorie-dense and won't make you feel full. (eating 1o fresh apricots vs. a handful of dried apricots...)
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 10 years
A good substitute for soda, I've found in my experience, is sparkling water. I used to drink soooo much soda when I was in college but now since my boyfriend and my friends that I hang out with don't drink soda (haha they drink beer! this IS england afterall! but i hate beer) I'm less tempted to drink it - only on occasion, and I'll usually have sparkling water when I'm craving the carbonation (sp). I still firmly believe that some fruit juice is really good for you - especially high pulp orange juice. I don't care if that has calories, I'm still drinking it, it really prevents me from getting the nasty colds other people living around me have!
krisua krisua 10 years
All very good tips indeed.
rainonme224 rainonme224 10 years
thanks for the tip mollipop, i've always seen people dip their forks into the dressings but never understood why lol. I don't eat much of these foods on this list except ranch dressing and the occasional soda.
mollipop mollipop 10 years
I'm a sucker for regular ranch dresssing, but it's calorie-laden and thus not so healthful. So to compromise, I always order my salad dressing on the side, and then dip my fork in the dressing before forking a bite of salad. This allows me to use even the fattier dressings, like (regular) Ranch dressing, w/o actually consuming all the calories I would have if I just let the cook dump the dressing on.
MaggietheCat MaggietheCat 10 years
Oohh I love dried fruit... Why is it so bad? The preservatives they add to it? If I make my own, is it okay? Or should I stick to fresh fruit?
poetess poetess 10 years
Nuts are great snacks, but portion control is key. A little bit of good fat from salad dressing helps nutrient absorption. Pork, well, I am a vegetarian, so I will not speak about pork, but lean cuts of fish, turkey and chicken are usually excellent diet options.
purrtykitty purrtykitty 10 years
i love starbucks light (creme) frappuccinos. maybe it's just me, but i think the light vanilla bean tastes like a vanilla milkshake, with nowhere near the calories or fat content. i have them as a tasty snack a few times a month - with no whip, of course!
jianna jianna 10 years
re: Coffee. It's only bad if you get it all full of milk and syrups. Plain black coffee is zero calories, if you can drink it that way.
rlveronica rlveronica 10 years
Exactly. I'm doomed! :[
darkoblivion darkoblivion 10 years
A good thing to remember is that if it's "no sugar" that probably means they've added fat. If it says "no fat" then that probably means they added sugar. But if you read your labels carefully, it won't be a problem!
rachelbojangles rachelbojangles 10 years
there are days where I crave the feeling of soda carbonation. I usually pour a little bit of soda-any kind- and I'm satifised. It only happens like 2-3 times a year
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
When I learned that fruit juices had calories, that was one of the saddest days of my life :-( I still find it sad because even though water and tea are for you, sometimes I want a fruity variety for a drink.
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