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Food to avoid for weight loss

Some foods are worse offenders than others when it comes to packing on the pounds. We know what to eat on the three day Military Diet, but what about your days off? Or if you’re trying to prevent weight gain after losing weight on the Military Diet? Below are some of the worst suspects for weight gain… Obviously it’s okay to treat yourself now and then, but for long term weight loss, avoid these foods in your every day diet.

Hats off to anyone who can eat just a handful of potato chips. There’s actually well funded science behind why we crave and consume potato chips in unhealthy doses. Manufacturers create products that are ‘hyper palatable’, meaning they are the perfect combination of fat, sodium and sugar, engineered to light up all the pleasure centers in our brain that makes us want to keep eating.

Plain old boiled potatoes are actually healthy, but once you turn potatoes into french fries, they become very high in calories and fat. If you don’t want to wear your potatoes on your hips, consider mashed potatoes as a healthier alternative to fried potatoes.

By now you’ve probably heard that soda is one of the unhealthiest foods on the planet. Drinking can after can of liquid sugar will definitely cause weight gain in the short term with more disastrous effects like diabetes in the long term. If you are serious about slimming down, forget about soda forever.

Sure white bread tastes great, but it also has almost no nutritional value. And after eating heavily refined carbs, the sugar that enters your bloodstream is stored as fat in your body. Remember, it’s not just the loaf of Wonder Bread that causes trouble – baguettes and bagels and croissants are the same too.

Candy bars may give you the afternoon lift you crave, but you come crashing back down for a reason. You get a nice serving of calories but you also get massive amounts of sugar, oil, flour, fat, corn syrup. Gram per gram, candy bars are the worst thing you can eat when you’re hungry and they don’t fill you up anyway! Opt for an apple or a handful of nuts.

If you’re trying to steer clear of soda, you might mistakenly pat yourelf on the back for choosing ‘healthier’ fruit juice. Most juice you buy in the store has very little in common with the actual fruit it came from after processing because juice is loaded with added sugar. Usually as much as a soda! Do yourself a favor and eat an orange instead.

Does anyone really think they’re doing their coworkers a favor when they bring donuts to the office? These ridiculously tasty fried wonders are loaded with sugar, flour and trans fat. Donuts also take your blood sugar on a roller coaster ride and make you hungry again right away. A donut has around 300 calories, more than a bag of chips or most cookies. Next time, just step away from the donuts.

Beer drinkers get beer bellies for a reason, especially men, because their fat is stored differently than women. All alcohol is empty calories, but beer gets more blame for midsection fat because a typical beer has 150 calories. If you down four beers, you might as well have just eaten a Big Mac. Alcohol adds belly fat because when you’re drinking, the liver is busy burning alcohol instead of fat.

Pizza is everyone’s favorite food for a reason, but commercially made pizzas are also very unhealthy with their high calorie combination of fat, refined flour and processed meat. The first slice of pizza lights up your brain’s pleasure center like pinball machine, but we all know it rarely ends at one slice. And a large slice of pepperoni pizza contains 311 calories, 14 grams of fat, and 700 milligrams of sodium. We don’t really need to tell you why pizza is bad for weight gain…

Whatever happened to a good old black cup of Joe for a buck? Drinking plain coffee can help you lose weight, but don’t confuse it with those sugary coffee drinks like frappuccinos with more calories than a large order of fries. The sugar content alone is going to crash you back down to earth an hour later. Black coffee boosts your metabolism and encourages fat burning, so why pay $5 for a drink that is as fattening as a soda or a donut?

Many breakfast cereals are marketed as healthy when they are in fact the furthest thing from a healthy way to start your day. Most cereals have sugar listed as the second or third ingredient, meaning a few hours later, your blood sugar will crash leaving you hungrier than when you started. If you can’t live without breakfast cereal, read the ingredients before buying and make sure it is low in sugar and high in fiber. Don’t forget to top it off with some protein as well.