1. Flavoured Oatmeal Packets
Although convenient, flavoured oats don’t do your morning breakfast any justice. Flavoured oats are steamed, flattened, pre-cooked, cut into tiny pieces and dehydrated whereas whole rolled oats are just steamed and flattened. Flavoured oats have a lot of hidden salt and sugar, so it’s better to opt for plain instant oats and flavour them as you like – with raisins, fruit, honey or cinnamon.
2. Diet aeriated drinks
We all know that aeriated drinks are bad for us. But, did you know Diet aeriated drinks do more harm than good? In fact some say it might be better to have a regular soda in moderation than a diet soda. The logic is diet soda are fully of artificial sweeteners that trick your body into thinking that you are consuming real food. Overtime this might mess with our bodies’ abilities to process the calories from sweet things, making it harder for us to metabolize the sugars we get from other sources like candy and cookies.
3. Puffed rice
Rice cakes are considered to be healthy, but this diet snack has very little nutritional value. They have a low calorie count, but athletes need calories to keep their energy levels up. Puffed rice cakes have a high glycaemic index, which could get your blood sugar soaring. For better carbs, grab some fruit or a whole grain muffin.
While athletes require to have more calories than the average guy, it doesn’t mean they can scarf down sugary foods on a regular basis. Too much sugar causes a spike in insulin, priming your body to store more fat. No athlete gets on top of his game by having a big bowl of cereal with marshmallows and sprinkles.
5. Microwave Popcorn
This movie staple is full of saturated and unhealthy fats and sodium. In some cases, they are laced with chemicals to give them the right flavour and colour. Microwaved popcorn doesn’t fuel an athletes body for strenuous training nor does it encourage recovery after a long workout. Microwave popcorn bags are also lined with something called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a chemical which is also found in Teflon pots and pans—yikes. There is a flip side, however. If you air pop the corn or pop it on the stove with a small amount of coconut oil, it turns into somewhat of a superfood, boasting high levels of antioxidants and a hearty dose of fiber.
6. Flavored Yogurt
Flavoured yogurt cups are easy to find, convenient and tasty, but they are loaded with sugar especially the ones with fruit at the bottom. This not only increases your blood sugar, but also prevents you from achieving a lean physique by increasing your odds of binging. Greek yogurt is a far better breakfast for serious fitness and health enthusiasts because it is protein-packed. That is, if you go with plain.
7. Fruit Juice
Tetra packed Fruit juices are deceiving. You feel it’s got all real fruit, with essential vitamins and minerals, but what it really has is artificial flavouring and boatloads of sugar. It lacks the essential component of fruit – skin and fibrous flesh, that holds majority of its nutrition. Since you don’t chew it the sugar is sent directly to your liver very quickly, which can be stored as fat.
8. Bottled Salad Dressing
Bottled salad dressings are full of processed oils, chemicals, salt, sugar and preservatives. Stuff that you would never put in your regular salad. Instead of sabotaging your health with these opt for almond, mustard, coconut, olive oil or vinegar based dressings which you can add your own spices to and if you crave creaminess in a dressing, use avocado, Greek yogurt or tahini as your base.