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Don't Fall Into these Food Traps

Food temptations can make it difficult for anyone to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Here’s what you need to do to avoid food traps and diet pitfalls.

Exercise & Fitness By Himanshu SharmaSep 19, 2014

Mind the Trap

Food temptations can make it difficult for anyone to adopt a healthy lifestyle. It can happen to anyone, whether one is on a certain diet/workout regimen or just trying to watch his/her waistline, and then a mistake here and there derails the process. Here are some common diet pitfalls and food traps. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Fast-food Breakfast

We’re always in a rush in the morning and often pick foods that are readily available. Picking up these can make a huge dent in your daily calories count. To avoid fast-food breakfast, you can prepare it in advance the previous evening. (Image source:Gettyimages)

After-dinner Dessert

After you’ve had a healthful dinner and finished the meal with a dessert, it will undo your healthy day. Don’t deprive yourself completely of anything sweet after dinner; you can make a healthful one with fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth, such as frozen banana slices dipped in melted chocolate. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Cocktail Parties

Cocktail parties can tempt you to fill up on all of the delicious goodies put on offer. Don’t excuse yourself thinking it is just one day. Eat something at home before you go to a party so you have less to eat and drink. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Cookouts

You may think grilling, barbeques and cookouts are healthful, but only when you choose wisely. When you find yourself in such situations, avoid charring meats and eat veggies as much as possible. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Buffet

It will be daunting to practice portion control in a buffet. Use a salad plate instead of regular plates, avoid second-serving or fill up your plate with colourful fresh fruit and raw, steamed or even sautéed veggies. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Coffee Shops

Now you’re with a friend at a coffee shop that has many sweet drinks and pastries on display. Ordering one of those calorie-and-sugar bombs can be troublesome. Just pick something like a latte or a fruit shake/juice to be on the safer side. When ordering a coffee, say no to add-ons that have flavoured syrups or whipped cream in them. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Juices with Added Flavours

Don’t just pick up a juice becuase its label says ‘all-natural’. You may think that gulping down a glass can do no bad to you, but it truly can. Turn it around to check the label for calories and sugar content. When unsure, it is better to have a glass of water and eat the whole orange instead of just the juice. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Diet Soda

If you opt for diet sodas over the regular ones thinking that the former won't add to your waistline, think again! Diet sodas can actually lead you to consume more sugar and also more calories. Swap soda for water; squeeze in it something citrus or a splash of juice. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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