I came across a lecture on a website recently, which reminded us all of the basic yet fundamentally important fact that: ‘just because it says “diet” or “low-fat” does not mean it is healthy for you.’
A diet expert tells those longing for a slimmer body: ‘Don’t be afraid of carbs – quinoa, lentils and barley actually aid in weight loss. High-fat foods are not the enemy either – avocado, fatty fish and coconut oil are actually very good for you.’
So here goes…diet foods the effectively defeat the objective:
- FLAVOURED FAT-FREE YOGART: “When companies take out the fat, they add in sugar. Although they might appear lower in calories, sometimes a single serving of yogurt can contain up to 15 grams of sugar,” a diet expert explains. “Choose plain-Greek yogurt because it is higher in protein and add in your own flavour such as fresh berries or cinnamon.”
2. STORE PURCHASED SMOOTHIES: “Many store bought smoothies are loaded with high calorie ingredients, preservatives, and artificial sweeteners that bring their “health” factor down,” says Roots. “To be safe make a smoothie at home, it’s very easy and then you know exactly what is going in it!”
3. ‘LIGHT’ SALAD DRESSINGS: According to research- “you need to eat salads with fat-based dressings to get the most out of the vegetables. They also contain very few calories, which may be a good thing for weight loss, but a salad with low-calories will not keep you full for long. Therefore, you will end up snacking or eating more at your next meal.”
4. FAST FOOD SALADS: According to ABCNews: “the Grilled Chicken Bacon Ranch salad at McDonalds contains 13 grams of fat and 270 calories, and with light balsamic vinaigrette dressing it comes to 360 calories and 21 grams of fat”
5. PROTEIN / MEAL REPLACEMENT BARS: “The general rules are when you flip the bar over and notice the ingredient list takes up almost the entire side (which means it’s loaded with chemicals and fillers), it contains more than 200 calories per serving, and contains more than 8-10 grams of sugar, it is closer to a candy bar and should be avoided,” Roots says.
6. TRIAL MIX: “Nuts, dried fruit and seeds mixed together seem like a great diet food to snack on, but the truth is that it is extremely difficult to stick to the proper serving size. Many people do not realise how much they are eating and they end up consuming almost a half a day’s worth of calories in one sitting.” Now that’s an achievement if you ask me…perhaps not the right one though. Ah well. Next time!
7. ORGANIC COOKIES: “Just because something is organic doesn’t mean it is healthy or if a package of cookies only has 100 calories, most likely it is loaded with artificial sweeteners and chemicals, which make them actually worse for you than eating an actual cookie.”
8. DIET COLA (or ‘soda’ if you are that way inclined): Again, we are reminded of another fundamental fact: “Just because it has the word “diet” in it does not mean its diet-friendly.” The site goes on to elaborate: “Diet soda has been linked to the development of metabolic syndrome and obesity. In a study conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Centre, people who drank two or more diet sodas a day had waist sizes that were six times bigger than those who didn’t drink diet soda.
9. GLUTEN FREE…ANYTHING!: The site expands- “Some gluten-free foods are healthy, but the truth is, there are many foods claiming to be gluten-free that are not diet friendly. Any food that is pre-packaged will never be as good as eating a food in its natural form such as fruits, vegetables, and lean protein,” says Roots. When choosing gluten-free foods make sure you check the nutrition labels for ingredients such as the sugar content, sodium level and calories – “the more ingredients you can’t pronounce, the worse it is for you.”
10. FRUIT JUICE: An expert reports: “Fruit juice isn’t always as fresh and natural as it may seem. It may even contain more sugar and calories that a sugary soft drink.” According to Authority Nutrition, “fruit juice contains some nutrients, but less compared to many plant foods. It contains no fibre and is just as high in sugar and calories as most sugar-sweetened beverages.”
11. GRANOLA: “Granola and granola bars may be one of the least healthy snacks – most are loaded with sugar and have very little fibre. One cup of granola can equal about 600 calories, about 25 grams of sugar and almost 30 grams of fat. If you really want to purchase granola, make sure you read the labels and choose the option low in calories and fat.”
12. FROZEN DINNERS: “most often these pre-portioned frozen dinners are loaded with preservatives and sodium and are lacking enough vegetables to have nutritional value,” says Roots. She suggests creating your own “frozen dinner,” by making a large portion of something like chicken stir-fry and keeping in in a tupperware container in the freezer for the week.
13. DRIED FRUIT: So, it’s a common fact: fruit is great for a diet snack”. This is because, of course “it’s loaded with vitamins and minerals that are good for your health”. A sitte claims: “Dried fruit tends to be high in calories and natural sugar. Also, considering dried fruit is energy-dense, it’s much easier to eat large amounts of it at a time, which in turn can result in excess sugar and calorie intake”- according to Authority Nutrition.
14. RICE CAKES: Perhaps a bit of a shocker to some this one- “Rice cakes rank high on the glycaemic index, making it the kind of carbohydrate that will leave you hungry again in a couple hours, while also sending your blood sugar soaring”.
15. VEGGIE BURGERS: The truth is revealed…”these burgers aren’t made with just vegetables; they are based on processed soy. They also tend to have an excess amount of sodium, and when you add toppings to it, your calorie consumption will go sky high.”
So about three and a quarter billion years ago (a month…literally 30 days) The Girl On The Bench nominated this swanky junior account to take part in ‘The Liebster Awards’. Sounds flash right? I cannot even physically say the damn word- and no, I haven’t tried.
But basically, I answer 11 questions, no-one reads them, and I pass a different 11 onto the next person/s…finish my sentence. But besides the joking, this is a way to bring bloggers together, so DO IT OR DIE! (But wait, it’s my go first, back off)
What song best describes your life right now?
*Frantically locates iphone and destroys itunes search bar*
Initial overly-dramatic answer: See You Again- Wiz Khalifa.
Now this is not just because this Wiz guy/girl has a crazy-mc-crazersten name, as myself (Sukhi Ruparelia). Don’t even try. It is because of the STUPID S-E-V-E-N week summer holidays, meaning I haven’t seen my fellow amigos’ in d e c a d e s. And the line “i’ll tell you all about it when I see you again” seems of extraordinary relevance at this delicate point in my ever so sore life.
I would give some type of mella dramatic d e e p answer to this but the itunes charts aren’t offering me that particular option right now. Damn you Apple.
2. What’s one memory that you wish you could relive?
The past. Welcome to dramatic central. I don’t believe in looking back at mistakes and changes you could or would of made steps to avoid; what’s done is done and there is not a thing on this earth which can change that. Learn from the mistakes made at present, learn from them now, and let them fade. Don’t dwell. It’s not going to change a thing.
*end of unpredicted and quite frankly unnecessary counselling session*
3. Nandos level of spice?
I don’t get Nandos. I never get asked how much spiciness I should allow myself. How is a girl to know. Please send help. End of examination.
4. Three things that you love about yourself
(1) My friends and family (yes they are part of my life, they are part of me. Leave.), (2) my ability to surprise myself (I’ll leave that open to interpretation…), and (3) my shoes…they are also a part of me. A girl has got to have her shoes.
5. If you could live the life of one fictional character who would you be?
A fictional character…like um, one of the fictional ones. Maybe a character from Eastenders. Hell, they get paid alot. *Completely dodges point of question*
But seriously…probably, I don’t know. Help.
6. Where is your happy place?
With my family/ in my bed. The two are inseparable. One simply cannot outweigh the other- except for the bed aspect.
7. What is your favourite quote?
*Frantic Google search of “inspirational quotes” returning “About 92,100,000 results”- shut up, Google.*
“You’ve got what it takes, but it will take everything you’ve got.”
Just re-read that again.
No more to say. Inspiration sh*t works- curtsy of Google enterprise.
8. Winter or Summer?
Autumn. Yeah, I went there beach. It is just SO DAMN PRETTY! And does a shed load of good for my instagram posts. Follow me- self promo achieved. *Realises the World Wide Web is a large target, backs off*.
But a combo of the summer warmth with the winter setting and snow would be nice please.
9. One piece of advice you would give your younger self?
DON’T BE AFRAID TO BE YOUSELF YOU LITTLE IDIOT. PEOPLE JUDGE YOU FOR YOU, NO MATTER WHICH ‘YOU’ YOU ARE. DON’T AVOID THE INEVITABLE.
Calm. I am Calm.
10. If you could do one thing for the rest of your life with guaranteed success what would it be?
Be in love? No? Oh, okay. Next.
11. What makes you happy in 10 words?
Achieving something utterly unexpected with the benefit of other people. (BOOOOOOSH.)
IT’S OVER…to you. Here are:
Should you accept this award, here are the rules:
Acknowledge and accept the Liebster Award by leaving a comment on the blog where you were nominated.
Copy and paste the Liebster Award logo onto your own blog.
Link back to the blogger who awarded you.
Answer the 11 questions put to you by the person who nominated you.
Nominate and link to 3 to 11 other blogs you enjoy that have less than 3000 followers or are less than 12 months old.
List 11 questions for your Liebster Award nominees on your blog.
Inform your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.
- Snack On Life, Freshie
- Pastel Pixals
- Not Girly, kinda Nerdy
- Pastel Sparkles
- My Fancy Notebook
- Mute Style
And my ever so flash questions for those stated above are:
- What is one ambition in your life you feel you will never complete? (and why?)
- Is there anything you have strived to do but never have due to the influence of a factor you feel is uncontrollable? (i.e. afraid of judgement, lack of confidence)
- Biggest pet peeve? Why?
- Dogs or cats…or both?
- Have you any interesting hidden quirks?
- A job you hate with a high pay rate or a job you adore paying next to nothing?
- Personality over looks?
- What is the first thing you notice when meeting someone new?
- Desired future career?
- What made you get into blogging?
- Three things on your bucket list?
There you have it! If anyone, anywhere found some sense of interest in my somewhat desperate attempt at answering questions which quite frankly are beyond my level of understanding…I praise you! You’re stamina must not be undermined.
Thank you for reading, or whatever the hell you’re doing here!
I would like to think I have more money than sense, however in reality I am richer in sense than money…but unfortunately for me I don’t have a lot of that either. I prefer to spend my £6.50 weekly pocket money allowance on pizza duvet covers and emoji curtains than the basic necessities of life like knickers or socks. Consequently, as a result of my binge buying, my wish list shall remain a wish list until I have acquired about £50,000 via an extensive bank robbery (-or other more socially acceptable sources), so here is: my very wished-wish list of items and objects I will never own from a pre-summer hall in spring:
*WARNING: THE FOLLOWING PHOTOGRAPHY CONTAINS PICTURES FEATURING HIGHLY ‘OBSESS-ABLE’ PRODUCTS WHICH SOME VIEWERS MAY FIND IRRESISTIBLE*
1. Sleeping with pizza: duvet covers
I appreciate my introduction to this item was a tad bizarre, and may or may not have sparked a wee kink on at least one persons mind. Perhaps it would have been more socially acceptable to title this ‘Sleeping in pizza‘- although that could also be interpreted in an unintended way. To any one who owns/ or longs to own a pizza duvet cover- I applaud you. You have such extreme self control not to order 15 boxes of Dominos every time you walk into your bedroom.
If you are an obsessive pizza person, click http://www.redbubble.com/people/snkatk/works/12801207-pepperoni-pizza?p=duvet-cover.
2. Emojis in real life- i.e. emoji cushions
I realise the smiling poo emoji tops the irresistable to-buy list, however the reality of having a grinning deposit laying beside you is somewhat strange. I urge you to choose from one of the other 476 emojis to cushion-ise from your emoji keyboard; like the heart eyes emoji- or whatever you would so label it. These are a great way to brighten your room, and obtain obsessive house fans from your visitors.
To give your room a little (big) bit of colour, click http://yehaw.co.uk/emoji-cushions-super-cute-6-styles-from-7.html
3. Mixed emotions cropped top- or should I say ’emoji-tions’…(sorry)
If it is fame you crave then this is your destiny. I guarantee walking around with this attire clinging to your chest will attract a few eyes- expect screaming- as I didn’t (did) do when I came across the fabulous creation. (Also, Freshtops have such fresh tops for sale- clever name really- I highly recommend you check them out- click http://www.fresh-tops.com/.)
To become famous, click http://www.fresh-tops.com/products/emosmiles-crop-top.
4. Take a trip with emojis- the emoji backpack
I urge you not to wear the crop top on the same day or even in the same hour as using this bag- or you may be referred to a psychologist with serious concerns of a life threatening emoji obsession. I personally cannot resist this, if I look at this beautiful contraption for much longer I’m pretty sure I will turn into an emoji bag myself. Besides the emojis, these bags are also super comfortable (or ‘comfy’ as they say on the street).
To enlarge your physical emoji collection, click http://www.shopjeen.com/products/emoji-backpack.
5. Slice sleeper- The pizza sleeping bag
This may stir up a slightly awkward and really rather uncomfortable situation when you arrive for a sleepover with a 10 foot pizza topped with 3 foot detachable mushrooms and broccoli- but you ‘only live once’ apparently. Hugging a giant broccoli is apparently very relaxing- or so the picture suggests. I’m unsure how comfortable this is, but comfort will be far down the list of priorities when your sleeping in a giant slice of mixed-veg pizza.
Get your 10 foot pizza slice, click https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/96236038/plain-slice-of-pizza-sleeping-bag?ref=related-7.
6. A burger on a bed- the burger duvet
You may have gathered by now that I am a tinkle hungry writing this post- hence the past gazillion food related objects. This is an animated version of the pizza cover- besides the fact its not pizza, and animation isn’t precisely the terminology used to describe a real life photograph (< confused yet?). This is also a slightly more socially acceptable cover for your bed, meaning you will not be urged to hop up to the nearest burger king at every glance.
To order your burger, click http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/11/burger-bedding-davidelfin_n_2273081.html.
7. A grey day- cloud light and sound system
This will confuse the neighbours; its not everyday you witness a glowing rain cloud floating in the next door window playing ‘Shake It Off’ by Taylor Swift. This is more of a fantasy purchase that I’m not (I am) quite crazy enough to actually buy. The price is a little offputting- hence the reason I haven’t actually looked at the price yet, or even looked for the price, so my statement is only an assumption.
To buy your singing glowing rain cloud, click http://www.richardclarkson.com/shop/cloud.
I realise it is highly unlikely I have any readers left- which is presuming I had any to begin with- after unintentionally urging them to go to every other webpage but this one. Even so I would just like to say thank you for reading- please spend responsibly (< is that off an advert?).