10 Foods To Avoid If You Want To Lose Weight

 Obesity is a condition that occurs when a person has excess weight or body fat that might affect their health. A person who is overweight is more likely to develop diabetes and other health problems.

At its most basic, obesity results when someone regularly takes in more calories than needed. The body stores these excess calories as body fat, and over time the extra pounds add up.

Some weight loss foods can help you reach your goals, while there are other foods to avoid when trying to lose weight. 

Here are 10 foods to avoid when losing weight.

1. Sugary Drinks

Sugary drinks

Many beverages, such as sodas, sports drinks, and fruit juices, are very high in added sugars but often low in other nutrients. Consuming these beverages adds calories to the diet but does not help a person feel full.

So, try to replace sugary drinks with plenty of water instead, to see proper weight loss results.

[Read more: 5 Ways To Manage Your Diet For Diabetes]

2. Processed Foods

Highly processed foods, including sugary cereals, fast food, and microwave dinners, are typically packed with calories, added sugars, preservatives, and unhealthy fats, yet devoid of essential nutrients, thereby leading to unhealthy weight gain.

Thus, you should consider cutting out processed meals and snacks, and focus on whole foods instead.

3. Baked Foods

Baked foods  weight

Pastries, cookies and cakes often contain large amounts of added sugar, refined flour and sometimes trans fat, that contribute to weight gain. These foods are high in calories but not very filling, and you will likely become hungry very quickly after eating these low-nutrient foods.

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4. Candy

While a serving of candy once in a while isn't likely to cause weight gain, regularly eating it on top of your normal diet might. If you eat a lot of candy and don't burn off those extra calories, the sweet treats can certainly contribute to weight gain.

5. Chocolate

Chocolate and weight

Dark, milk, and white varieties of chocolate are high in fat and calories. The latter two types are typically also higher in added sugar. As such, chocolate could cause weight gain if eaten in large amounts too often.

6. Ice Cream

Ice cream

Most ice creams are high in sugar and fat and can add a lot of extra calories to your meal. Enjoy it as an occasional treat, not as a dietary staple, and choose low sugar or homemade alternatives if possible.

7. White Bread

White bread

White bread is made from refined wheat flour, and thus contains simple carbohydrates. These are quickly broken down to give energy. They can cause a sugar spike soon after digestion.

And because white bread is digested fast, it is not filling, and you will eventually crave something else. If you are not careful, you will end up eating more than you should. Increased daily caloric intake over a long period causes weight gain. 

8. Pizza


Commercially prepared pizza is often high in calories and processed meats. Try finding a pizzeria that uses healthier ingredients or make your own at home.

9. French Fries And Potato Chips

Fries chips

French fries and potato chips are high in fat, refined carbs, and salt. Studies link both foods to weight gain. Instead, go for boiled potatoes for a more nutritious alternative.

10. Alcohol

While the relationship between alcohol consumption and obesity remains unclear, there are good reasons to think that alcohol may play a role.

Alcohol stops your body from burning fat, it is high in empty calories, it leads to greater hunger and less satiety (the feeling of being full), and causes poor food choices. So, it's important to monitor your alcohol consumption as part of a healthy diet, regardless of whether or not you're managing your weight. 

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