While trying to shed the extra pounds, there are some misconceptions you might need to drop too, like foods that are deemed ‘healthy’ but are actually far from it.

1. Caesar Salad. Just because it’s a salad, doesn’t mean it’s health food. A small bowl could contain about 40gms of fat and 300-plus calories. The danger lies in the dressing, so go light on that, and try and resist too much of the Parmesan cheese too.

2. Smoothies. With upto 80gms of sugar, hardly any protein and no fresh fruit, the 350 calorie-or-more, store-bought smoothies might be anything but healthy, using mostly concentrates and sweeteners, and that dollop of ice-cream that some are topped with really doesn’t help. A much better option is to make your smoothies at home, with real fruit and low-fat yoghurt, cutting out sweetener altogether.

3. Energy Bars. These will definitely give you short bursts of energy, since basically, they’re just enhanced candy bars. They can be packed with upto 500 calories but still leave your hunger unsatisfied because of their small size, and you’ll be tempted to add on something to this mini-snack, with tragic results for your diet.

4. Lite Oil. Whether it’s olive oil or any other vegetable oil, the word ‘lite’ may seem tempting on the label, but it often just means light in colour and taste, having the same fat and calorie content as the other, regular types. If you’re serious about losing weight, it’s best to just stay away from all kinds of oil.

5. Iced Teas. You can only have homemade iced tea without a second thought about piling on the pounds. The ones you order in restaurants or the bottled or canned variety are all invariably loaded with sugar. A regular 20 ounce bottle contains 60 gms of sugar on average. The antioxidants in it still don’t make it a health food if you consider the havoc the sugar will be playing with your diet plan.