Trying to Lose Weight? Don’t Eat These Foods

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Trying to lose weight? If so, researchers say these 49 foods and beverages are the worst diet wreckers.  They’re the items consistently enjoyed by people who are overweight.

I don’t really believe that any food or beverage must be entirely off-limits because your diet equals the sum of everything you eat and drink, not one or two items. However, I also know that those who are trying to lose weight sometimes find it easier if you tell them not to eat or drink certain items. Now, obesity researchers at the University of Otago in New Zealand have identified 49 of the words foods and beverages that pack in too many calories for their size and they offer essentially no up side nutritionally. The research is published in the current issue of the New Zealand Medical Journal, researchers say the list was primarily developed to help overweight and obese people easily identify which foods they should avoid.

According to the study, foods labeled as “healthy,” “smart,” or “all-natural” doesn’t mean that they should be part of a weight loss diet. For example, honey and granola are just a few of the supermarket staples that have tricked dieters into believing they’re healthy choices, when in fact, they are as equally loaded with calories, fat, sodium, and simple sugars as their more vilified counterparts of table sugar, potato chips, and sweet cereals.

After reviewing the list, most of us trying to lose weight could easily live without most of these foods. I always advise someone who is trying to lose weight to avoid alcohol, liquid calories, fried foods, baked goods and many other foods on this list.

If you’re struggling to lose or maintain a healthy weight, review the list and see how many of these items you frequently eat. If you eat or drink several of them more than 1-2 times a week, it’s time to think about cutting back to having fewer of five foods on this list no more than twice a week. And, if you’re eating foods on this list, be sure to balance your diet with other healthier choices like fresh fruits and veggies, less processed whole grains and lean protein sources.

Here’s the list, in alphabetical order:mixed-drinks

1. Alcoholic drinks

2. Biscuits

3. Butter, lard, dripping or similar fat (used as a spread or in baking/cooking etc.)

4. Cakes & Cupcakes

5. Candy

6. Chocolate

7. Coconut cream

8. Condensed milk

9. Cordial

10. Corn chips

11. Cream (including crème fraiche)

12. Chips (including vegetable chips)fritos

13. Deli meats

14. Doughnuts

15. Energy drinks

16. Flavored milk/milkshakes

17. Fruit canned in syrup

18. Fruit rollups

19. Fried food

20. Fried potatoes/French fries

21. Frozen yogurt

22. Fruit juice (except tomato juice and unsweetened black currant juice)

23. Glucose (pure sugar)

24. High-fat crackers

25. Honey

26. Hot chocolate, chocolate milk

27. Ice creamchocolate-muffin

28. Jam

29. Marmalade

30. Mayonnaise

31. Muesli/granola bars

32. Muffins

33. Nuts roasted in fat or oil

34. Pastries

35. Pies

36. Popcorn with butter or oil

37. Puddings

38. Quiches

39. Reduced cream

40. Regular powdered drinks

41. Salami

42. Sausages

43. Soft drinks

44. Sour cream

45. Sugar (added to anything including drinks, baking, cooking etc.)

46. Syrups such as golden syrup, treacle, maple syrup

47. Toasted muesli, granola, and any other breakfast cereal with more than 15 grams of sugar per 100 grams of cereal

48. Whole milk

49. Sugar-rich flavored yogurt


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