Weight loss diets can begin as early in the day as breakfast but certain foods and drinks can be misleading. Many people often believe it’s key to pile in as much fruit into meals as they can in order to shed the pounds. However, while fruit is are undeniably healthy it can catch dieters out if too much is eaten or it’s consumed in the wrong form. There’s one traditional breakfast drink which definitely should never be consumed by those wanting to trim down.
Orange juice may be a classic morning drink but it’s a poor option for people wanting to lose weight.
The fruit juice is packed with sugar and, if shop-bought in a carton, low in nutrition.
The nutritional value is further deteriorated if it has been processed at higher temperatures.
This means consumers are being served a high dose of calories and sugar even before they’ve tucked into any breakfast foods.
So, as tempting as a glass of OJ may be – or that festive mimosa on Christmas morning – there are much better options out there.
“Choose a freshly squeezed juice, cold-pressed juice or high-pressure-pasteurized fruit and vegetable juice that contains more nutrients and less sugar, registered dietitian Isabel Smith told Business Insider.
Look out for a juice that has two vegetables for every fruit included in the drink.
Or instead, replace fruit juice with water or unsweetened tea, there are plenty of tasty herbal teas available.
If craving the sweet taste of fruit in a drink, though, try squeezing some citrus into sparkling water.
There are some breakfast foods that could also catch a dieter out if they’re not careful.
For instance, yoghurts may seem like a healthy option but if they’re pre-flavoured they will contain lots of added syrup and sugar.
Always opt for plain yoghurt as it will promote slower digestion and fruits and nuts can always be added if looking for something more substantial.
Low-fat yoghurt should be steered clear of as, while it may have fewer calories, it will have more sugar.
Low-fat products are also often pumped full of artificial preservatives, flavourings and colourings to mimic the full-fat versions.
If dieters want to lose fat, they need to eat fat, but they need to make sure they choose healthier choices such as avocado and oily fish such as salmon – both of which make for delicious and filling breakfasts.