Foods to Avoid for Weight Loss

Any snack that contains carbs

When you eat crackers, dry cereal, bread, or rice cakes alone, your body converts the carbs to simple sugars and sends it directly into your blood stream. In response to the sugar rush, your body produces extra insulin, which helps your body absorb the sugar ASAP. 

Frozen meals

To make fresh ingredients last extra long in your freezer, food manufacturers often load frozen meals with sodium, a natural preservative which does not help to lose weight..  When food manufacturers try to squeeze a meal’s worth of calories into a teeny-tiny box, every bite ends up containing lots of calories by design.

High-fiber snack bars

Yes, everyone needs fiber — because it is what keeps your digestive system churning and keeps you feeling full, even when you’re cutting back on calories.

“Low-fat” foods

It is well known that people tend to eat more when they know they’re eating a food that’s low in fat. The problem is that when food makers remove fat from food, they inevitably remove some of the flavor and compensate it with sugar which makes the product even worse to consume.


It takes several oranges to make one 6-ounce glass of OJ, but when you drink juice, you consume all the calories from those oranges without the natural fruit fibers that fill you up.  Another thing: Fructose, the natural fruit sugar that makes fruit and fruit juice taste sweet, tricks your body into gaining weight by blunting your body’s ability to recognize when it’s full.

Artificially sweetened drinks

Good-bye, diet soda, and every other sweet-tasting drink that mysteriously contains zero calories! “There are some people whose brains are wired in a way that artificial sweeteners induce or enhance cravings.

Cereal sold in a value-size box

The same goes for super-size snack packages. People consume more when they eat from larger packages.  When people know there is more food available, they subconsciously let themselves eat more of it.  If you’re going to spring for a value pack of any packaged food, measure out your serving instead of eating out of the bag so you don’t fall pray to your own mind’s games.


While some cocktails have fewer calories than others, alcohol just doesn’t support weight loss. It contains empty calories that don’t fill you up or provide any nutrients, softens your resolve so you’re more likely to overeat, and impairs your judgement, regardless of your weight loss goals. 

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