In the quest for weight loss, cutting corners (and calories) by choosing fat free or ultra low-calorie foods seems like a no-brainer—chewing gum to quell hunger or spraying rather than tossing your salad with dressing, for example. But in some cases, certain "diet" foods can do more harm than good and won't get you any closer to your weight loss goals, says Laura Cipullo, an RD and CDE in private practice in New York City.
Here are six "guilt-free" foods that won't do you any favors.
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Yes, you read that right. As a way to fill up on very little calories or satisfy an emotional urge to eat, some dieters (and diet plans) suggest consuming as many raw or lightly cooked vegetables as you can stomach. Why does this backfire? First, eating too much roughage bloats your belly, makes you gassy, and can even cause constipation, none of which will help you look better in a bikini. Besides, bingeing is bingeing, whether it's a bag of potato chips or a whole head of broccoli—and will just perpetuate the cycle of emotional eating. Find a non-food activity like painting your nails or playing on Pinterest when you get the urge to nosh for no reason.