A very low calorie diet is a diet where you consume fewer than 800 calories per day. When eating so few calories, it is important that everything you eat gives you the nutrition you need to be healthy. As such, there are a few foods that should be avoided when on this diet.
Fast foods are full of a ton of calories, and eating a meal at a fast food restaurant can quickly total up to your entire allotted calories for the day! This can leave you hungry the rest of the day. In addition, many fast foods offer little nutritional value, so not only have you used up your calories for the day but you also have not gotten your daily requirements of nutrients that your body needs.
Sugar adds the calories up quickly and offers no nutritional value, so it is important to avoid any food that is made up primarily of sugar or sugar-like substances, such as high fructose corn syrup. Sodas may seem harmless, but 1 or 2 sodas can use up most of your points for the day.
Like sodas, candy is made up almost entirely of sugar and offers no nutritional value, while adding calories. However, candy does not pack on quite as many calories as soda, so sneaking the occasional piece of candy shouldn’t hurt your diet too much. Just remember not to overindulge.
Like sodas, alcohol may seem harmless to your diet, however this is not the case. Alcohol is packed with calories while adding no nutritional value. In fact, alcohol is actually damaging to your body. This is definitely the food to avoid on a very low-calorie diet.
This may seem backwards because we are always told that fat is the enemy. Plus, fatty foods usually contain more calories because fat contains 9 calories per g as opposed to 4 calories per g that protein and carbs contain. However, the danger of fat-free foods is the way they’re processed. When fat is removed from a food, it often tastes bland. To compensate for this, food companies offset the fat with addition sugar, sometimes adding more calories than the original product! Fat-free foods don’t have to be avoided per se, but it is important when choosing foods that are fat free that you read the labels carefully.
If you read the nutrition label on a bottle of salad dressing, the calorie content doesn’t look that bad. And since you’re adding it to a salad, which is low calorie to begin with, you’d think it wouldn’t hurt much. Look again at that label. The serving size listed for most salad dressings is 2 tbsp. A bottle of salad dressing usually contains around 20 servings. If you overdo it on the salad dressing, you could be adding a lot more calories than you intended! Next time you make a salad, consider using vinegar with a small amount of olive oil for your dressing–and pass on the ranch dressing.