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6 Healthy Foods That Might Be Stopping You From Losing Weight

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Written by Taasir

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Mangoes and pineapples do not promote weight loss
  2. The kilojoule of honey is denser than that of sugar
  3. One tablespoon of peanut butter can add up 200 calories to your body

A healthy diet is the way to go! But that’s not the case when you are trying to reduce some pounds. Even after being on a healthy diet, you may sometimes find yourselves having a tough time trying to lose weight. There is a difference in eating a healthy-nutritious diet and a diet designed for you to lose weight.

We have lined up the top 6 healthy foods, which though nutritious but may not aid in weight loss. Here the are:

1. Tropical fruits

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When it comes to weight loss, fruits are the best snacks. However, tropical fruits like mangoes and pineapples are not the ideal choice for a snack when it comes to weight loss. They sure are delicious but their hidden calories will not do good to that excess weight. So we recommend that you consume these fruits in moderation or stick to more citrus fruits.

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2. Honey

When you switch to a healthier diet, specifically to lose weight, honey is the first sweetener that comes to your mind. But what if we told you that honey could prevent you from losing weight. Its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties are the reason why honey is one of the healthiest natural sweeteners available. However, the kilojoule of honey is denser than that of sugar. So you need to stick to just one or two teaspoons of it to get the sweet hit and not affect your weight as well.

3. Peanut butter

Peanut butter is healthy, and so is the case with the fats you get from it. But at the end of the day, they are fats. Just one tablespoon of peanut butter can add up 200 calories to your body. To make things worse, the store-bought varieties have added sugar. Check the ingredients mentioned on the pack and choose the one with lowest added sugar content.

4. Natural yogurt

One of the healthiest sources of protein from dairy products is natural yogurt. Natural yogurt helps in keeping your bones strong, promotes digestion and keeps you full for longer, hence promoting weight loss. Well, yes and no! It is high in terms of fat content as well. Consuming too much of it thinking it to be healthy may prevent weight loss. Stick to just a spoon or two as dessert.

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5. Nuts

Nuts are rich in essential nutrients like Vitamin E, iron, potassium, zinc, antioxidants and Omega 3 fatty acids. But because they are so tiny and not very filling, it is easy to over eat them. Nuts are 50-75% fats, due to which binge-eating them can lead to weight gain. So stick to a limited number of nuts every day.

6. Coconut

Coconut and all its subsidiaries like oil, water, sugar, flour, milk and cream are known for their health benefits and been gaining a lot of popularity lately. From improving digestion to boosting body immunity, coconut can do it all. This is due to the lauric acid content, a special type of fat which is responsible for coconut’s health benefits. But then it’s fat again at the end of the day, so you must watch your portions while consuming for any of these.

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