Weight loss is difficult. You know you should avoid refined carbs and sugar. Knowing which foods are healthy is difficult. "Healthy" foods can be loaded with calories.
Depending on what you add, acai bowls can have 500 to 800 calories and a few days' worth of sugar.
Harris-Pincus says it's hard to find nutrition information on store-bought products. If you like them, stick to a smaller size with acai, fresh fruit, and protein powder or nuts.
1. Acai Bowls
"Avoid anything labeled'spicy' or 'crunchy,'" Harris-Pincus says. A spicy tuna roll has 100 more calories than one without spicy mayo.
Harris-Pincus says coconut oil has a health halo and is a wellness go-to. Coconut oil has 120 calories per tablespoon.
Overusing this high saturated fat oil can derail paleo and keto diets. Use coconut oil sparingly.
3. Coconut Oil
"Sugar-free chocolate chips may save a few calories, but portion size is key," says Harris-Pincus. Anyone who's overdone sugar-free candy knows that sugar alcohols like sorbitol can cause GI distress.
4. Sugar-Free Candy
Keto ice cream is low carb, but high in fat and calories—often more than regular ice cream.
"One popular keto ice cream brand has 210 calories per 1/2 cup, while regular vanilla ice cream has 127," she says.
5. Keto Ice Cream
Gluten-free bread is considered healthier than wheat bread by those who think going gluten-free will help them lose weight. Gluten-free grains used in bread are processed and lack key nutrients like B vitamins, Harris-Pincus says.
6. Ice Bread