Here are the worst diet wreckers that researchers say should be enjoyed only occasionally to help you win at losing.
I always advocate for a non-diet approach to losing weight. I love studies that look at the behaviors of those who successfully lose weight and are able to keep it off and try to incorporate some of those behaviors into my own life.
There are obvious things like limiting screen time, eating out very infrequently, limiting alcohol, never skipping meals, eating lots of produce, weighing yourself frequently.
A few recent studies, however, also reveal what we need to limit in order to lose more and gain less. In one study, New Zealand researchers identified 49 foods considered the most damaging for your diet. In another study, University of Pittsburgh obesity researchers found several foods that were linked with weight loss at six months and two years later. The Pitt study’s worst diet wreckers: desserts, fried foods and sweetened beverages.
Below are the foods the New Zealand researcher say are most linked to being overweight. If you eat or drink these, cut back as much as you can.
Ditch These to Win at Losing
1. Alcoholic drinks
3. Butter, lard, dripping or similar fat (used as a spread or in baking/cooking etc.)
5. Candy, including lollipops
7. Coconut cream
8. Condensed milk
10. Corn chips
11. Cream (including crème fraiche)
12. Chips (including vegetable chips)
13. Deli meats
15. Energy drinks
16. Flavored milk/milkshakes
17. Fruit canned in syrup
18. Fruit rollups
19. Fried food
21. Frozen yogurt
22. Fruit juice (except tomato juice and unsweetened black currant juice)
23. Glucose (pure sugar)
24. High-fat crackers
26. Hot chocolate, chocolate milk
27. Ice cream
31. Muesli/granola bars
33. Nuts roasted in fat or oil
36. Popcorn with butter or oil
39. Reduced cream
40. Regular powdered drinks
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