DENVER -- Fruit smoothies, salads and energy bars. They are foods we often turn to while trying to loose weight. But doctors say they may not be as good as you might think, especially if you only get moderate exercise.
Beth Jauquet of Cherry Creek Nutrition said fruit smoothies can do an immense amount of damage for dieters.
"Smoothies often have added calories because of high sugar items like juice and lemonade," Jauquet said. "A way to decrease the calories is to add non-fat milk or soy milk.”
Energy bars are convenient, but can also add weight if you eat them along with regular meals.
"Keep in mind that energy bars are meant to be meal replacements," Jauquet said. "They are designed to pack a lot of nutrition. To do this they add high calorie items.”
Watch out for bananas. Just one has about 30 grams of carbohydrates -- more than half of the daily allowance for dieters.
Also remember that additions to your morning coffee like whole milk and sweetened whipped cream can add up to 500 calories and 15 grams of fat.
Keep a close eye on what you put on your salad. Leafy greens are nutritious, but salads all gunked up with dressing and toppings like bacon and ham can end up ruining your workout results.
It may take an hour of jogging to to burn off one of these "healthy lunches."
Of course you can still enjoy these treats every now and then and still make your goal weight, just remember, everything in moderation.
For more information visit http://www.cherrycreeknutrition.com/ and http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/mayo-clinic-diet/MY01646AlertMe