The chip bags are almost a forgotten memory, you haven’t had a chocolate chip cookie in months, and you can’t even really remember what soda tastes like, so what haven’t you lost all the weight yet?!

Getting rid of the usual junk food products is definitely a great start, but it’s just the first step on your journey. If you’ve been stuck on the same scale number for the last little while and you can’t seem to figure out why, check and see how many of these ten foods you have in your kitchen – There’s a good chance that they’re to blame!

Low-Fat Peanut Butter

There’s a lot of taste in fat, so when companies take it out of something, they usually put something else (or many things) in to make sure that the whatever it is doesn’t taste like cardboard. In the case of low-fat peanut butter, it’s actually quite a bit – The ingredients like doubles and then some, the calorie count doesn’t drop more than a smidge, and you end up with a ton more sugar and sodium.

What is Peanut Butter?

A much better option is to go with an all natural peanut butter where the only ingredients are peanuts and salt.

Gluten-free Cookies

Gluten-free snacks and ingredients are lining more grocery store shelves than ever before but, unless you have a gluten intolerance or suffer from celiac disease, they’re not necessarily any better for you than their gluten-laden counterparts.

Somewhere along the line, people started using gluten-free and healthy synonymously. They’re not; a gluten-free cookie is still a cookie no matter how it crumbles.

Fat-free Salad Dressings

If you compare the calories on fat-free and regular salad dressings, you might be surprised to learn that there isn’t much of a difference at all. Add to that all of the extra ingredients and preservatives required to make that fat-free product shelf-stable and you’ve got a chemical concoction that doesn’t really have any benefits at all. People also tend to eat more of something if it’s labeled fat-free.

Instead of using bottled dressings, learn to make your own – They’re better for you and can be altered to suit your unique tastes.

Turkey Bacon

While it’s true that turkey bacon contains less fat and fewer calories than regular cured pork bacon does, it also contains upwards of 180mg of sodium in it per slice. In case you weren’t aware, too much sodium can bloat you; bacon is a huge contributor to that.

It’s also a processed food which means that, in addition to being ridiculously high in sodium, it also has a ton of additives in it. Those additives may have health risks associated with them (more research is needed to know for sure either way), so try to limit how much you consume (and always remember to read the label so that you know exactly what you’re getting).

Juice

If your juice actually says ‘drink’ or ‘beverage’, there’s a good chance that there’s very little, if any, actual juice in it at all. If you look at the labels of these drinks, they’re mostly just full of sugar, water, and some added (sometimes natural) flavorings.

Even 100% pure fruit juice isn’t the best you can get – Nothing will ever be better than the source. It might not be as convenient, but a piece of fruit will always be the better option.

Premade Smoothies

Another thing that’s gaining popularity in grocery and health food stores is those premade smoothies. The convenience of not having to dirty your own blender is tempting, but you might still want to steer clear of them.

What is a healthy Smoothie?

Some of them can cost you as much as 1000 calories (per drink!) and – because you didn’t make it yourself – you can never know for sure what exactly is in it.

Sports Drinks

These things were made for professional athletes who are sweating every bit of everything out of them; most people don’t really get much out of them at all. If you’re really giving it your all at the gym for an hour or more and you’re absolutely drenched at the end of your workout, you might want to give one of these a try.

On the other hand, if you just spent a half hour walking briskly on a treadmill while scrolling through your social media, you’ve barely burned enough calories to even make up for it. In almost every instance, water is the better choice.

Bottled Iced Tea

Tea is actually really good for you and is chalked full of antioxidants, but the stuff you buy at the store with an ‘Iced Tea’ label actually has very little tea in it at all; it’s pretty much sugar and water with just enough tea flavor to call it that.

If you make your own at home with your own tea bags, you can sweeten it to your tastes (with various things) and save yourself a couple hundred or so calories.

Nonstick Cooking Spray

These things became popular because they have a very small number of calories – about six – per spray. The thing is though, almost no one is only spraying them for a second, so they’re probably getting way more calories than they think.

Olive oil is a better choice. Sure, it has more calories, but it also has good fats and heart-healthy polyphenols and, because it actually has flavor, you might end up using less of it than you work the nonstick spray.

By getting rid of these overly processed foods and choosing to reach for whole, raw, real foods instead, you’re more likely to have the success you’ve been waiting for.

Did we miss anything on the list? What sorts of things do you make sure to steer clear of when you’re trying to lose weight? Let us know in the comments section below.

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