Foods to Avoid When Trying to Lose Weight

Foods to Avoid When Trying to Lose Weight

It would be impossible to cover all of the foods that are considered acceptable to eat when you are trying to lose weight. Common sense can tell you that French fries are a no-no and an apple is great.

What we will do instead, is focus on foods you SHOULD NOT eat. Of course, this could be a long list as well, so we will touch on the worst and give you some possible substitution choices.

BeveragesCup of Coffee

Avoid too much caffeine – many sodas have caffeine. Too much caffeine can have insulin-stimulating, weight-loss-inhibiting effects. Stick to decaffeinated sodas, teas, and coffees.

Since the best idea is to drink a lot of water in when you are trying to lose weight, try water with a slice of lemon or lime in it. It can be very refreshing and very satisfying!

Alcohol is not helpful in any weight loss plan. There’s no better way to pack on the pounds than to drink excessive amounts of alcohol.  Even the ones that claim they have fewer calories. Moderation is the key with alcoholic beverages!

Boxed Pre-Packaged FoodsWhole Grain Pasta Dish

In general, you should stay away from a lot of these products if you want to lose weight. Anything with a lot of chemicals on the ingredient list are not going to be good for your diet.

White rice, while very filling, contains starches that can inhibit your weight loss. Stick to brown rice instead.

Pasta mixes are usually also not good because of the starches they contain. Stick to whole grain pastas instead. They taste just as good and are much better for you! Plus they can help you lose weight.

White Breads

For the same reasons as pasta and white rice, white breads should also be avoided. Whole grain breads provide you with the carbohydrates you need and are less processed than the white breads. Be sure the bread you choose is made with whole wheat flour instead of just wheat flour.

If you love Mexican food, stick to whole wheat flour tortillas or corn tortillas when you choose your burritos, enchiladas, or soft tacos.

Canned and Jar FoodsTin Can for Canned Foods

Anything that is canned or jarred needs to be free of excessive chemicals. If the label contains ingredients with more than four syllables or are hyphenated, it won’t be good for your diet.

Chicken broth can be very fatty, so stay away. So are many soup mixes. The good news is that there are plenty of light or low fat choices out there. These are the ones you should choose.

Commercially made tomato sauces or tomato based sauces can contain ridiculously huge amounts of sugar and salt. A better choice is to make these sauces yourself where you can control what goes into it. You can also look for reduced sodium or no-salt sauces on your grocers shelves.

Avoid canned fruit or canned vegetables, when possible. They can contain processed or refined sugars, so stick to fresh fruits and vegetables whenever possible. They are the best for you when trying to lose weight.

If you have to have a little oil to cook your foods in, choose extra virgin olive oil over the vegetable or corn based oils.

MeatsProtein Foods when trying to lose weight

Choose only lean meats to get your protein intake. If you love your steak, choose a lean cut and don’t make the portion any larger than your clenched fist. And do check out our suggestions for cooking up a savory grilled steak.

Choose fresh fish instead of canned and be sure it’s of the lower fat variety. This includes salmon, tilapia, and cod. Don’t bread your fish either, broil it or grill it to get rid of any residual fat that might remain.

White meat chicken breasts are better than dark meat because the darker meat contains more fat. The same applies to turkey.

Tuna is always a good choice- even if it’s canned. Just be sure to get the tuna canned in water – not oil!

Dairy Foods to Lose WeightMilk and other dairy products when trying to lose weight

Skim milk should be your first choice over whole milk or two percent. Avoid drinking too much milk, however, because it naturally contains some fats that can turn into unnecessary fat on you!

For cheese, find low fat or fat free varieties. Use it sparingly!

Eggs are all right on your diet, but when possible, you are better off using only the whites. Egg substitutes are a great way to get your egg fix, so look for these in the store as well.

Fat free or reduced fat sour cream is alright in moderation, but try to substitute with plain yogurt instead.

Vegetables and Fruits to Lose Weight

Sweet orangeAlmost all fresh vegetables are good for you. It’s a generally accepted belief that you can eat all the vegetables you want and still lose weight. That’s pretty much true – as long as they are prepared the correct way. It’s always best to steam veggies. You can also drizzle them with a little olive oil and bake them in the oven or, even better, roast them on the grill! Yummy!

Oranges and peaches contain a lot of natural sugars. Because the sugar is naturally there, it’s not horribly bad for you, but you may want to avoid overload. Too much sugar – natural or otherwise – can convert to fat.

Author: Jeni

Certified by the Professional School of Fitness and Nutrition in March, 1995; honored for exemplary grades. Practicing fitness and nutrition for over 20 years. Featured in the Feb. 1994 issue of "Shape" magazine. Featured in Collage in the spring issue of 1995 Low fat recipe's published in Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, among others. September, 2001: Featured in "Winning The War on Cholesterol" By Rodale Publishing