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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Another classic dieter trick: keeping your mouth occupied with sugar-free chewing gum. But this won't make you feel full or dampen cravings. In fact, the act of chewing sends signals to your gut to release enzymes and stomach acid for digestion, increasing appetite and even causing acid reflux. Plus, excess gum chewing can cause jaw pain and headaches. Skip the gum and brush your teeth post-meal instead. The minty taste will signal that mealtime is over, and it's good for your teeth.