The best recommendations for losing weight and improving your health are diet and exercise. However, more often than not, eating healthy and getting exercise is easier said than done. At 5280 Fitness and Sports Performance, we offer a variety of programs to help you reach your peak performance, whether you’re looking to improve your sports performance, add a corporate wellness program to your business, or lose weight. Our experienced trainers can give you the support and motivation that you need to stick to your fitness plan. Visit us online, or stop by our fitness center in Westminster!

5280 Fitness and Sports Performance can help you create and stick to a fitness plan, but the eating healthy part is largely up to you. What’s even worse is that some of the foods that are said to be healthy may actually be working against you. In today’s post, we will discuss a few supposedly healthy foods that you need to avoid. Continue reading below, and if you’re interested in nutrition coaching, contact 5280 Fitness and Sports Performance to get started today!

Sugar-Free Desserts

When you’re trying to eat healthily, it’s normal to crave sugar because you know you shouldn’t have it, therefore, most people choose to eat sugar-free desserts as a way to sort of cheat the system. However, sugar-free desserts aren’t as healthy as they sound. Because these desserts are labeled as sugar-free, most people assume that they are healthier than the real deal, but what they don’t realize is that even though it doesn’t contain sugar, there are still other ingredients that aren’t good for you. Next time you go to the store, look at the nutrition label on your favorite sugar-free snack. Instead of sugar, you may notice that these snacks contain higher levels of sodium or fat, and in some cases, manufacturers will use a sugar substitute that is even worse than real sugar.

Gluten-Free Products

Just because gluten-free products don’t contain gluten, doesn’t mean they are a more healthy option. Eating gluten-free has recently become the trendy thing to do, but in reality, there are no health benefits associated with eating gluten-free products if you don’t have celiac disease or an intolerance to gluten. In most cases, the only nutritional difference is that gluten-free products don’t contain any sort of gluten, making them safe for those who can’t have them. Other than that, the nutritional value is pretty much equal.

Reduced-Fat Peanut Butter

Similar to sugar-free desserts, if you take out one ingredient, typically the manufacturer will add two or more other ingredients, and reduced-fat peanut butter. Contrary to popular belief, the fat found in peanut butter comes from the peanuts themselves. While the term “fat” sounds unhealthy in and of itself, it’s important to know that there are different kinds of “fats” that you can find in your food. The fat that comes from peanuts is actually the good kind of fat and will help to produce energy. When you take that fat out of your peanut butter, typically more sugar and sodium are added to make the product taste better. A good rule of thumb is to look at the ingredients on the back of the jar of peanut butter. The fewer ingredients you see on the label, the better the product will be for you.

Synthetic Oils

If you like to cook, then you know that oil and butter are essential ingredients in most recipes. With that in mind, it’s important to use only pure oils and butter and avoid their synthetic counterparts that claim to be healthier. For a long time, real butter and real oil were said to be bad for you because they are high in fat. However, as we’ve mentioned a few times in this post, when you take out natural fats, typically they are replaced with ingredients that are less healthy. Not to mention, your favorite butter substitutes usually consist of oil that is bleached to give it a more butter looking appearance.

These are just a few examples of supposedly healthy foods that are not really good for you. If you’re looking for ways to improve your health, 5280 Fitness and Sports Performance can help! In addition to providing you with the support and motivation to stick to your fitness plan, we also offer nutritional coaching. With help from us, you will be stronger and healthier than ever before. Contact us to learn more or stop by our fitness center in Westminster to get started today!

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