Losing Weight? Watch Out for These 5 Foods!

When you’re trying losing weight, first assess the types of food you eat. A person’s diet and lifestyle are major contributing factors to losing weight. In fact, many people will agree that weight loss is 80% diet and 20% exercise; meaning if you are in the gym and trying to be active, you may be reversing all that effort eating processed and refined foods at home. Here are some of the foods to avoid if you want to lose weight fast.

1. Nutrition Bars/Protein Bars

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Bars, no matter how “good for you” they’re marketed, are packed with added sugar. Even a small protein bar that claims to satisfy your candy cravings while keeping you full can have around 45 grams of added sugar1! No wonder it curbs your cravings: you’re giving in to them! Factor in artificial flavors, preservatives, thickeners and oils and you’ve got a ton of calories for a pretty lame nutritional profile. If you’re really craving a snack, consider splurging on fresh berries, nuts or any one of these safe low carb snacks.

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2. Processed Fruit Juices


Most supermarkets have fruit juices on display and with so many brands, choosing one can be hard. However, if you’re trying to lose weight, skip this aisle! These processed fruit juices are loaded with added sugar and are missing the ever important fiber2. Opt for fresh fruit or better yet, stick with water!

If you’re craving something sweet to drink, there are plenty of low sugar options out there. One of our favorite brands is Bai5, they’re sweetened with Stevia and erythritol and come in a variety of tasty flavors.

3. Alcohol & Beer


Alcohol’s calorie content is far more than that found in carbs and proteins. It delivers 7 calories per gram! Being a heavy drinker can lead to weight gain without contributing any added vitamins or benefits. Many alcoholic beverages are mixed with juices, soft drinks, and mixers, all high in sugar! While alcohol is metabolized in your body, fat oxidation stops, therefore hindering your body’s ability to burn stored body fat3. Many people’s inhibitions are lowered while drinking, which is more likely to lead to mindless snacking or “cheating” on your diet.

There are healthier options out there when losing weight! Check out our Guide to Keto & Alcohol – see how you can enjoy an occasional drink without compromising your diet.

4. Fast Food



In most cities, every block is likely to have a variety of different restaurants and fast food joints ready to serve you. Most people fall into the trap of fast food because it’s convenient and cheap. Making a habit out of ordering or picking up fast food can be detrimental to losing weight. No matter where you go, restaurants may use unhealthy ingredients such as processed meat, sugar, artificial colors, additives and flour4. You never truly know if you’re eating something healthy unless you make it yourself.

If you want a slice of pizza, you can make it at home using healthier ingredients! Know exactly what you’re putting in your body and it will thank you!

5. Sugary Coffee Drinks


Coffee stops being coffee when baristas add buckets of milk, artificial cream, sugar and flavors. What you pay for is a shot of caffeine and a ton of unnecessary calories. A cup of real, black coffee has many benefits and can be enjoyed regularly! Caffeine boosts your metabolism, keeps you alert and active, burns fat that helps when losing weight and more5!

Save your money and calories and make your own coffee! Enjoy a tablespoon or two of real cream in your daily cup and enjoy its natural flavors! You can also opt for making butter coffee, which has gained wildly popularity in the last few months. You get a boost of satisfying fat, a creamy cup of coffee and nothing artificial.

In the summer months, enjoy a fresh cold brew!



  1. http://www.clifbar.com/products/clif-bar/clifbar/chocolate-brownie#nutrition
  2. http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2014/06/09/319230765/fruit-juice-vs-soda-both-beverages-pack-in-sugar-and-health-risk
  3. http://www.shapefit.com/weight-loss/alcohol-calories.html
  4. http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/10-ingredients-fast-food.htm/printable
  5. http://authoritynutrition.com/top-13-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-coffee/


The content on this website should not be taken as medical advice and you should ALWAYS consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. We provide nutritional data for our recipes as a courtesy to our readers. We use Total Keto Diet app software to calculate the nutrition and we remove fiber and sugar alcohols, like erythritol, from the total carbohydrate count to get to the net carb count, as they do not affect your blood glucose levels. You should independently calculate nutritional information on your own and not rely on our data. The website or content herein is not intended to cure, prevent, diagnose or treat any disease. This website shall not be liable for adverse reactions or any other outcome resulting from the use of recipes or recommendations on the Website or actions you take as a result. Any action you take is strictly at your own risk.

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