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The foods you eat can have a major effect on your weight.
Other foods, especially processed and refined products, can make you gain weight.
Here are 11 foods to avoid when you’re trying to lose weight.
1. French Fries and Potato Chips
One study even found that potato chips may contribute to more weight gain per serving than any other food (5).
Bottom Line: French fries and potato chips are unhealthy and fattening. On the other hand, whole, boiled potatoes are very healthy and help fill you up.
2. Sugary Drinks
Sugar-sweetened beverages, like soda, are one of the unhealthiest foods on the planet.
Even though sugary drinks contain a lot of calories, your brain doesn’t register them like solid food (12).
Liquid sugar calories don’t make you feel full and you won’t eat less food to compensate. Instead, you end up adding these calories on top of your normal intake.
If you are serious about losing weight, consider giving up sugary drinks completely.
Bottom Line: Sugary drinks can negatively affect your weight and general health. If weight loss is your goal, then giving up soda and similar drinks may have a big impact.
3. White Bread
White bread is highly refined and often contains a lot of added sugar.
One study of 9,267 people found that eating two slices (120 grams) of white bread per day was linked to a 40 percent greater risk of weight gain and obesity (14).
Bottom Line: White bread is made from very fine flour and can spike your blood sugar levels and lead to overeating. However, there are many other types of bread you can eat.
4. Candy Bars
Candy bars are extremely unhealthy. They pack a lot of added sugar, added oils and refined flour into a small package.
Unfortunately, you can find candy bars everywhere. They are even strategically placed in stores in order to tempt consumers into buying them impulsively.
If you are craving a snack, eat a piece of fruit or a handful of nuts instead.
Bottom Line: Candy bars consist of unhealthy ingredients like sugar, refined flour and added oils. They are high in calories, but not very filling.
5. Most Fruit Juices
Most fruit juices you find at the supermarket have very little in common with whole fruit.
Fruit juices are highly processed and loaded with sugar.
In fact, they can contain just as much sugar and calories as soda, if not more (16).
Also, fruit juice usually has no fiber and doesn’t require chewing.
Stay away from fruit juice and eat whole fruit instead.
Bottom Line: Fruit juice is high in calories and added sugar, but usually contains no fiber. It is best to stick to whole fruit.
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