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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The first rule of diet food: Don't assume sugar-free means calorie-free—when one nutrient is removed, it must be replaced with another, Cipullo says. In this case, artificial sweeteners, which are known to cause gastrointestinal distress.
Sugar-free candies also contain carbohydrates—and that means calories. Plus, if you fill up on these, you're missing an opportunity to eat real food, the kind that fills you up and provides your body with energy and nutrients.