While dieting, fruits and vegetables are usually what you can freely eat with unlimited amounts. But in reality, there are some fruits and vegetables that are better for you than others.
It’s not that fruits and veggies have no nutritional value; quite the opposite, actually – all fruits and vegetables are good for you and have proper nutritional value.
But it’s a different story when you’re trying to lose weight – it is actually a good idea to limit your consumption of a few of these fruits and veggies so you can see maximum results quicker.
Here are 5 types of fruits and veggies that you should stay clear off until you hit your weight loss goals.
1. Tropical fruit
Fruits like mangos and pineapples certainly are delicious, but they contain higher amounts of sugar than other fruits and therefore contain more calories. You might want to save them for special occasions, or just switch to a fruit like apples, which much fewer calories and lots of fiber. For weight loss, stick to these seven fruits that are low in sugar – blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, apples, peaches and grapefruits.
2. Dried fruit
Because dried fruits have had most of their water removed, that means there are more calories in smaller quantities of food. For example, one cup of dried raisins has almost 500 calories, and one cup of dried prunes has 447! It’s best to exercise strict portion control when it comes to dried fruits.
It figures that one of the most delicious fruits is also high in fats and therefore calories. One cup of pureed avocado contains 384 calories! However, the fat found in avocados is the heart-friendly kind that your body needs, so eating an avocado every now and then won’t wreck your diet.
4. Mashed sweet potato
While we certainly love sweet potatoes, they’re definitely not the lowest-calorie vegetable around. A cup of mashed sweet potatoes contains 249 calories. A regular potato, skin and all, contains 212, and a cup of lima beans contains 202. You can blame starches! A cup of leafy green veggies like lettuce, spinach and kale contains less than 20 calories. That means load up on the healthy salads! Eat clean, eat raw.
5. Vegetable juice blends
While it might be difficult to get your required fruit and veggie intake every day, it’s a better plan to force yourself to eat whole fruits and veggies than relying on vegetable juice blends. Many of the vegetable juices that taste like fruit juice contain way more salt or sugar than you need. While you’ll be getting your daily fruit and veggie intake, you’ll also be drinking your entire day’s worth of sodium! Be sure to read the ingredient list when buying veggie juice.