Diet Foods That Make You Fat

You could be sabotaging your weight loss by turning to the wrong foods. Certain reduced fat, low-calorie and sugar-free foods claim they are dieter-friendly – but often turn out to be your worst choice. Some low-calorie options are loaded with fat, and some fat-free options are loaded with sugar, and vice-versa. Avoid these fat traps, learn the healthy alternatives, and navigate your nutrition wisely.

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Fat Trap #1: Sugar-Free Cookies

Often enough, sugar-free cookies contain the same or more fat as the original recipes. While a serving of cookies my have 0 grams of sugar, it can just as easily contain 9 grams of fat.

Slim Strategy: Try Graham Crackers

If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, nosh on graham crackers. The crunch and subtle sweetness can quell the need to seek out other diet-destroying desserts. Graham crackers have almost a teaspoon of sugar less per serving than other cookies, and only contain about 1 gram of fat.

Fat Trap #2: Veggie Chips

Essentially, a potato chip is born of a deep-fried vegetable, so veggie chips are no better than regular chips. A small bag of vegetable chips can have about the same amount of calories (150) and fat (9 grams) as a small bag of chips. In addition, manufacturers mask potato or corn flour-based chips with food coloring to pass them off as veggie chips.

Slim Strategy: Try Baked Tortilla Chips and Salsa

Get that salty, crunch from tortilla chips. Pair a serving (12 chips) with ½ cup of store-bought or homemade salsa and you’ll get a full serving of vegetables. This snack weighs in at a little more than 150 nearly fat-free calories. Just be sure to watch the sodium content.