4 Of The Worst Snacks For Weight Loss

Obese Woman About To Eat A Huge BurgerLosing weight is tough. You constantly battle cravings while trying to find healthier foods to add to your meals.

Not only that, but diet changes are difficult to make all at once. This is where something like the 12-Week ‘Real Food’ Transformation found inside the Salvation Diet (www.stabilitypact.org) can really help. By focusing on just one small food transformation each week, it’s much easier to stay focused and eliminate all of your bad food habits.

As the creator of the Salvation Diet, Chris Walker, says…

“By doing these weekly transformations, you’ll slowly eliminate all the bad food items and replace them with “real food” that allows your body to stay in a state of ketosis. Your mind will be clear and your body will run like a well-oiled machine the way God intended.”

This whole process is even harder when it comes to snacks. Cooking a healthy meal is one thing, but when you’re looking for something quick to grab, healthy options can feel a bit limited. And, if we’re being honest, it’s much easier to grab a prepackaged bag of chips than it is to slice an avocado.

However, when you want to lose weight, this is a challenge you must overcome and conquer. To make things easier, here are 4 of the worst snacks for weight loss. A couple may surprise you.

Fruit Yogurt

Yogurt? Surprising, isn’t it? Yogurt is usually considered a great choice for snack time, but the type of yogurt makes all the difference.

Most fruit yogurts contain large amounts of sugar, a leading contributor to weight gain. By cutting back sugar-based snacks, like fruit yogurt, you can lose weight easier. To make your own healthy version of a “fruit yogurt”, reach for plain Greek yogurt and add fresh fruit such as blueberries.

Sweet And Salty Trail Mix

Trail mix is often thought of as a healthy snack because it typically contains nuts which contain healthy fats and protein. But when you add the pieces of chocolate and the sugar coated dried fruit pieces, the calories quickly add up.

Just two handfuls can be 350 calories. You want sweet and salty trail mix if you’re stranded in the woods, but when it comes to weight loss, you’re better off reaching for a fruit-and-nut bar.

Grapes

Like yogurt, grapes are another surprise that makes our list of worst snack foods for weight loss. After all, grapes are fruit and fruit is healthy, right?

Here’s the problem. Every grape you eat is about five calories. This doesn’t sound like a lot, especially if you’re only eating a few of them, but as one dietician aptly put it, “Grapes are like the potato chips of the fruit world.”

People tend to eat a ton of them before they feel satisfied, and they don’t have any protein. That is where grapes become a problem for weight loss.

Smoothies

When you think of smoothies, you usually picture a healthy snack full of protein, fiber, and beneficial nutrients. But, if you’re buying a bottled smoothie, the calories add up fast.

This is because most bottled smoothies contain 150 calories and have two servings in each bottle. That’s 300 calories at a go. But hey, it’s still better than a milkshake, right?

Making your own smoothie is a better alternative to bottled smoothies, but you still need to be careful. The calories add up fast when you start adding up all the fruit, fruit juices, milk, yogurt, seeds, nuts, peanut butter, protein powder, etc.  In many cases, a smoothie is a better substitute for an entire meal than it is for a snack.

There you have it, some of the worst snacks for weight loss. While these may not be the “worst of the worst” when you consider things like potato chips and soda, the 4 options above aren’t as healthy as they may seem on the surface, and they can put a damper on your weight loss goals.

Maria Turner