10 Foods You Don't Want to Eat If You're Trying to Lose Weight

Updated: Dec 5, 2019

If you see how your efforts to lose weight are in vain, then maybe something is wrong. Dont give up but limit the following foods below to help shred those extra few kilos.

Any snack containing only carbohydrates

When you get used to eating crackers, dry cereals, or rice cakes only, your body turns carbohydrates into simple sugar by sending it directly to your blood. To cope with it, your body produces extra insulin, which helps the body immediately absorb sugar.

The problem; You end up with low blood sugar and hungry as if you did not eat anything from the beginning. So, you're looking for sugar sweets without nutritional values ​​to meet your energy needs (Dr. Charlie Seltzer, MD, weight loss specialist)

It goes without saying that you will not completely cut off carbohydrates, otherwise there is no way to live. The important thing is that snacks containing a combination of carbohydrates, healthy fats and protein need more time to digest and keep you packed for longer. Try a snack with a slice of walnut bread, or whole grain crackers with low fat cheese (Rachel Harvest, New York).

Frozen foods

To have fresh foods that last longer in the freezer, frozen food manufacturers provide them with a lot of sodium, a natural preservative. Sodium will cause you to drink more water, which in turn inflates you, so you will not look at your best, no matter how many pounds you want to lose.

Also, by trying to fit the energy requires of an entire meal into a small box, each bite of frozen food ends up containing more calories. While large portions deceive the mind into thinking that the body is full, the portions of frozen foods are unsatisfactory and contain many calories.


Orange juice is often considered a healthy alternative to soft drinks and other sugary drinks. However did you know that when you juice oranges and other fruit, you remove all the natural fibres and extract simply the sugars of the juice. Normally these sugars are fine when consumed with the fibres of the fruit as the body is able to use the sugar more efficiently. But when ingested purely in liquid form, it is a full on sugar hit that ultimate results in a huge insulin boost and potential weight gain.

Also, fructose, natural fruit sugar, makes its taste sweet, but it tricks your body into gaining weight by delaying the body's ability to recognise it's full (Melissa Rifkin, Montefiore Medical Center). This makes you eat more and increases the risk of diabetes and increased insulin resistance.

Foods labelled "Low-Fat" (low in fat)

Research has shown that people tend to eat 30% more when they know they eat low fat foods. The problem, in addition to overeating, is that manufacturers are removing fat from food along with its taste. However in order to make food more palatable, they often add sugar making the product even worse for you.

Snack Bars with high fiber content

Yes, everyone needs fiber because it keeps the digestive system active and satiated, even if you cut calories. However a snack bar that has has 25 grams of fiber is overkill and is often not needed when we have a balanced diet.

The fiber intake should be systematic throughout the day, improving our digestion and not disrupting our stomach. That's why bars are to be avoided. Instead, try to eat more natural fibers in meals (from fruits, vegetables etc).

Cereals in large packages

The same applies to large-sized snacks (see above). People consume 22% more when eating larger packages, according to research (Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab). When someone knows that there is more food available, they unconsciously let themselves eat it.

The same is done for food that is on sale or discounted, meaning we will eat more when the food costs less. Now while we are not advocating to buy more expensive food so you can starve, but rather to better measure your portions rather than eat the whole box.

Alcoholic beverages

It is almost unlikely that you will find a nutritionist who can combine alcohol for weight loss (really!?!). While some cocktails have fewer calories than others, alcohol does not help us. It contains "empty calories" that do not fill you up or give you nutrients.


Donuts, which consist mainly of sugar, wheat and fat and offer nothing from a nutritional point of view, not to mention that they have been fried in oil that has been used several times.

They are one of few junk foods that have both the negatives of a sugary treat and fried food.

Soft drinks and drinks with preservatives

Goodbye 'diet soft drink', and any other drink that contains mysteriously "0 calories". If it is too good to be true, it often is.

While diet sodas may not have any real sugar, the artifical sweetners still send a signal to the brain in to produce insulin, which leads to the negative effects that a sugary soft drink would bring on. Not only that, but it changes the way your body metabolises other calories, i.e. now you body thinks it does not need the energy from your lunch (because it thinks you just had sugar hit from the diet soda) so instead of burning lunch off, it stores it as fat.

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