Chips, gooey desserts, anything that starts with fried - you know to fight off these calorie cows with a stick. What's tricky is that some foods with famously healthy reputations are actually worse for your weight than the snacks in vending machines and drive-throughs. We fill you in on what they are and why they keep you from hitting that golden number on the scale. After you ban these foods from your diet read up on the best weight loss tips we've ever read.
No matter what you put in it, the average wrap is a major offender. If you roll it out, it can be 1 foot across - seriously - and pack up to 300 calories. Since the surface area is way bigger than two slices of bread, you coat it with a lot more mayo or dressing than you would a sub or sandwich.
The veggies and seaweed wrap are low-cal, but a lot of the most popular rolls are slathered with cream cheese or mayo (e.g., in that spicy sauce that comes on many options), and the seafood inside may be tempura-battered. Thanks to those ingredients, a standard roll can clock in at 500 to 600 calories. Also, soy sauce is loaded with sodium. It won't make you gain weight, but it'll cause you to retain water, so your jeans will feel (and look) tighter. So instead of sushi, opt for oysters, salmon, or one of these flap-fighting and delicious aphrodisiac foods.
3. Dried Fruit
Cup for cup, dried fruit has five to eight times more calories than the fresh kind because it has been dehydrated and is much denser. Fresh grapes, for example, have 60 calories per cup, while raisins have 460. And many brands add sugar, amping up the calorie count even more.
Since it's loaded with good-for-you nuts and oats, it's too bad that they add oil to make it crisp and tons of sugar for more yumminess. One bowl racks up around 500 calories. Other cereals with the same nutrients but less oil and sugar pack half that. Snacking on this so-called health food could be giving you belly pudge.
You put so little into your coffee, it seems like a harmless way to get calcium - especially when compared to full-fat cream. But a few spoonfuls per cup of joe two or three times a day quickly turns into 200 or more calories plus the same amount of fat as a big pat of butter!6. Rice Cakes
These light snacks are fat-free and low in calories, but they're also completely lacking in fiber or protein - ingredients that experts say actually curb hunger. That means downing two or three won't do anything but add more calories to your daily total and leave you craving something with substance. Try one of these satisfying foods that will help you melt flab away. And limit the flavored kinds - they don't satisfy you more and they tend to have lots of sugar or sodium.
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