Low-calorie is the most simple rule for weight-loss, as the amount of weight gained is directly correlated to the extra calories that one consumes. But the science of weight-loss is not that simple as it depends upon various other factors. However as simple rule of thumb we assume that food that are low-calorie will be good for us, which is not the case for these food items mentioned below. In fact, studies have shown that our food eating behavior can change when we come across ‘low-label’ food items. For instance it may lead overweight people to overeat.
Salad: salad is good for our health but low-fat or fat-free salad will leave us hungry quickly. Food manufacturers are known to add sugar or artificial sweetener to fat-free salad dressing to make them taste good. This can lead one to eat more than the required calorie needs.
Powdered Peanut Butter: they are known to contain less fat than conventional peanut butter but those fat are good quality fat that makes us feel fuller for long duration and curbs our appetite. The powdered version may also contain added sugar and preservatives to maintain taste.
Potato Chips (low-fat): they have slightly less calorie as compared to their regular counterparts (regular potato chips) but the reduction in calorie is usually overcompensated by increasing the serving size which makes one to eat more of the calories.
Ice cream (low-calorie): a scoop of low-calorie ice cream may seem healthy but when it comes to checking our junk eating habit it may lead one to believe that they are exercising a healthy option and may increase the frequency of indulging in such treats. This will not only be hard for building a good habit but will also halt the weight-loss process.
Sugar-free candy: these candies are not entirely sugar free as they contain artificial sweeteners to give the sweet taste. It may actually be beneficial to reward oneself with an occasional sugar candy for maintaining good healthy habits, instead of indulging in too many sugar-free candy.
Diet-Soda: is not as good as it sounds. It still contains empty calories and added flavors along with preservatives that is not conducive for healthy eating habits.
Calorie-free gum: Gum is recommended among peer groups to and usually seen as an aid in curbing binging disorders, however it may lead one to eat more during one sitting and thus pile on extra calories.
Low-fat butter spread: like peanut butter, low-fat butter spreads contain lots of additives and preservatives. They also make one to overeat and increase their servings of the butter as one may think they are consuming less calorie.
Watermelon: contains 90 percent water and are also sweet, although with natural sugar, still one may feel hungry after consuming them. As compared to other fibrous fruits they are less satiating.
Celery: have become famous but are not so useful for weight-loss as one may think. They can not substitute for nutritious food that helps one to feel fuller for longer period of time.
Hence, not all low-calorie alternatives are useful for weight-loss goal and one should consume everything in moderation instead of over doing any particular food item.