Eating These Foods Everyday is Slowing Your Progress


Reviewed by: Erica An, APD, BNutr&Diet

You have been making ‘healthy fudge’ for months, you choose the banana bread instead of the choccie cake for morning tea and you’ve have been drinking ‘Super Buff’ Protein Powder at the gym. So why aren’t you seeing progress in your weightloss results?

Let’s take a look at foods that may be slowing your weightloss progress!

Drinks: sports drinks, smoothies, juice and ‘diet’ soft drinks

Unless you are running a half marathon, put the sports drinks back in the gym refrigerator. As for smoothie and juice bars, take a good look at what is in those ‘super-sized’ juicy drinks. Often they contain at LEAST 4 pieces of fruit! Additionally, fancy juice bars often sneak in goodies like sorbets and sweet yoghurts before they hit the blitz button. If you think a ‘diet’ drink will get you super slim, more and more studies are linking ‘diet’ drinks with Metabolic Syndrome and abdominal adiposity.

Instead: Have WATER with a single serve of whole fruit or have a juice or smoothie that is made up of mostly vege, roots and 1 fruit.

Protein products: powders, bars and balls

The idea of eating ‘clean’ and consuming protein powder leaves me baffled. Protein powder is a heavily processed food with ingredients that belong in your chemistry text book not in your mouth. Snacking on Choc Protein Bars is not far off snacking on Cadbury chocolate bars in terms of calorie content and if you are making your own version of protein balls at home, are you honestly able to stop at one?

Instead: Drink a glass of reduced fat milk or have a small tub of yoghurt

The ‘quitting sugar’ desserts

The ‘quitting sugar ‘phenomenon has been on my radar for a few years now. I am all for lowering the amount of refined sugar in your diet and getting rid of the teaspoons of sugar in your tea and coffee. However, snacking on sweet treats that are supposedly ‘sugar free’ is not a smart way to lose weight. Not only are people eating more ‘treat foods’ under the guise of being ‘healthy’, most of these ‘treats’ are loaded with rice malt syrup which is, in fact… SUGAR.

Instead: Enjoy a punnet of berries with a dollop of yoghurt or have some vege sticks and hummus. Save those ‘treats’ as a once a week indulgence.

‘Healthy’ Café Items: banana bread, blueberry muffins and yoghurts

If you rely on the local café for your morning or afternoon tea; banana bread, blueberry muffins and café yoghurts may seem like a good option… but let’s be real; you may as well be eating banana cake with cream! Most of these café options aren’t healthy at all. Sure, they are delicious but be aware that in terms of calories, sugar and fat, they are clearly on the indulgence spectrum.

Instead: Have a slice of raisin toast with some low fat ricotta or a hard boiled egg and some wholegrain toast.

The bottom line: people are consuming supposed ‘health’ foods in excessive quantities and making them part of their every day. Instead, choose minimally processed, whole foods and ‘clean up’ your diet by including more foods that are close to nature. Now that’s healthy!

Also read: 7 Takeaway Lunches for 400 Calories or Less


Lisa Donaldson, APD, M.Nutr&Diet, B.Edu
Lisa is the Lead Dietitian for 12WBT. With a Masters in Nutrition & Dietietics as well as a Bachelor of Education, Lisa is keen to help all 12 Weekers understand how to achieve health for life. Lisa studied Sports Dietetics at the Australian Institute of Sport and has a keen interest in gastrointestinal health. A highly regarded communicator, Lisa is a spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia, the ‘Dietitian in Residence’ at the University of Canberra and a lecturer at the Australian Defence Force Academy. She has also been an expert on ABC Television’s Ask the Dr Series.

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