Makola market, Accra: Woman buying yams on a partly cloudy day | photo taken by Adomonline's Dennis K. Adu
Makola market, Accra: Woman buying yams on a partly cloudy day | photo taken by Adomonline's Dennis K. Adu/ 2022

In this article, we delve into the world of nutrition to uncover 10 foods that could potentially be hindering your weight loss efforts.

These seemingly innocent foods may not only contribute to excess calorie intake but also affect hormonal balance, metabolism, and satiety.

By identifying and understanding these culprits, you’ll be better equipped to make informed dietary decisions that align with your weight loss objectives.

So, let’s explore the unexpected food suspects that might be thwarting your progress and learn how to make smarter choices to finally achieve that desired weight loss.

Breakfast Cereals

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Although breakfast cereals are “healthy,” they typically contain high amounts of added sugars and lack fibre.

Many breakfast cereals are laden with trans fats, so choose healthier options like porridge or steel-cut oats. These alternatives provide a more nutritious choice and contribute to overall well-being.

Salad Dressings

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Salads are a fertility ground for weight loss as they can be packed with nutrient-dense, low-calorie ingredients. But beware of the dressing you choose to drench your salad in. Creamy dressings like ranch and Caesar salad add calories quickly and counter all the work you’ve put into assembling a healthy salad. 

White Pasta

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White pasta is a staple in many diets, but it can be responsible for your difficulty with weight loss. White pasta has a high glycemic index, bringing blood sugar spikes that increase fat storage and diminish metabolism. Switch to whole grain options as healthier alternatives. 

Fruit Juice

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Fruit juices seem like a healthy alternative to soda, but they hold more sugar and calories than soda. You should eat whole fruits rather than juices to experience the nutritional advantages of fruit without consuming extra calories.

Low-Fat Foods

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Low-fat foods are designed to help people lose weight, but the associated health claims lack evidence. Low-fat foods contain additives that increase calorie intake. It is better to eat healthier whole food with fewer processed ingredients. 

High-Fibre Snack Bar

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Despite their labels, many snack bars don’t have much fiber. The ingredients list usually reveals the presence of added sugar and unnecessary additives. To maximize your dietary benefits, choose whole foods rather than processed snacks. 

Frozen Meals

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Frozen meals are convenient, but their excessive salt, sugar, and hidden calories are not the best option for those trying to lose weight.

Look out for portion size, as many frozen meals have a single-serve disguise on the box but provide two servings. Also, they lack freshness, so they fall short nutritionally compared to homemade meals prepared from scratch.

Diet Soda

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People substitute diet sodas for regular sugary sodas. But even diet sodas contain artificial sweeteners, which increase the likelihood of obesity. If you aim to reduce your sugar intake, unsweetened iced tea is better for your health.

Flavoured Water

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Flavoured waters are less healthy than they appear. These waters contain artificial sweeteners, sodium, and other additives contributing to weight gain. Opt for natural water or infused versions with fresh fruits and herbs to stay hydrated without compromising your health goals.

White Rice

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White rice contains minimal fibre, which slows digestion and causes bloating. Switch to brown or wild rice as they have higher fibre content that keeps you fuller for extended periods. Additionally, these alternatives are nutritionally superior, providing vital vitamins and minerals not found in white rice.