Dr Oz: Calorie-Loaded Quinoa
There’s a list of foods that could be blamed for causing your diet to fail, but there’s an entire section of the list made up of surprising foods that are usually seen as healthy. The first food is quinoa and it could be the one food wrecking your diet, thanks to its calorie content. One cup of quinoa is contains 212 calories and is loaded with fiber and protein. However, the problem comes from what people tend to add to quinoa.
When eaten on its own, quinoa is perfectly fine. But if you make too much and then add oil, salad dressing, cheese, avocado, nuts, and more, it can soon become a calorie-loaded meal. There’s nothing wrong with adding quinoa to your diet, but to keep it low-calorie, Dr Oz suggested mixing 3 cups of cauliflower rice with 1/4 cup of quinoa.
Dr Oz: Portion Distortion
Another seemingly healthy food that can quickly and easily get you in trouble is peanut butter. The main problem with peanut butter tends to be portion control. A typical snack made of up a banana with peanut butter is 280 calories. But if you eat more than two tablespoons of peanut butter, you could be eating as many calories as an ice cream sundae.
Dr Oz: Whole Wheat Wrap VS Bread
The third food potentially wrecking your diet is the whole wheat wrap, because of its carb content. A sandwich made with two slices of bread contains 25 grams of carbs and approximately 40 inches of surface area. A wrap contains 31 grams carbs and has 78 inches of surface area, which means there’s more space to add fat- and calorie-loaded condiments. Essentially, it can be far too tempting to go with a wrap, even if it’s whole wheat.
Dr Oz: Does Fruit Make You Fat?
What about fruit? Could it really be responsible for making you fat? Nutritionist JJ Smith, author of “Green Smoothies for Life,” explained that the natural sugar in fruit doesn’t metabolize in the body the same way white sugar in candy does. Additionally, fruit contains fibers, vitamins, and minerals that your body wants. The key is to eat fruit the proper way. For example, try pairing fruit with protein to stabilize blood sugar. JJ loves combinations like berries with Greek yogurt and powdered peanut butter. You could also try apple slices with turkey or blueberries with walnuts.
Another fruit rule you’ll want to follow is to always eat fruit whole with the skin. Most of the fiber is found in the skin which means you’ll feel fuller longer and reap the benefits of all the nutrients found in the entire fruit. When all is said and done, stick to two servings of fruit per day and eat low-sugar fruits like apples and berries if you want to lose weight.