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If you’re trying to lose weight or get in shape, there are foods you should just completely eliminate from your diet. You don’t have to go cold turkey on all processed foods (which is a challenge for sure), but these are the worst of the bunch!

Phase out these foods and you’ll be well on your way to perfect health!

1. White bread (and bagels)

There is simply no need for white bread in your diet. Go for 100% whole wheat bread instead. You can find certain brands, such as Arnold, that do not contain unhealthy ingredients, or even better, bake your own bread at home. (And try sprouted grain bread, too, for the ultimate healthy choice.)

The same goes for bagels. You can get whole wheat varieties, so if you must have a bagel, don’t get a plain white bagel. Or at least treat yourself to a really good, luscious bagel! Or even a doughnut, but only on special occasions!

Just don’t half-ass it. White bread has about as many positive health benefits as a jelly doughnut, but it’s much less rewarding. So why bother? I say, make whole grain bread an important part of your diet, and have a doughnut if you need to treat yourself on a special occasion.

(Note that some people will do better by eliminating both white and wheat bread, and only consuming rye.)

2. White pasta

Whole wheat pasta is widely available these days, so get it instead. It’s better tasting and much healthier than white pasta, and it’s even a good source of protein!

As with bread, I can’t stand to eat the plain white stuff after trying the delicious whole wheat variety.

(Note that some people will do better by eliminating all wheat-based pasta.)

3. Soda

This stuff is evil. It is packed with sugar, usually in the form of high fructose corn syrup. Diet soda is even worse, being chock full of artificial sweeteners (i.e. dangerous chemicals).

Plus, soda contains other crap and preservatives that you don’t want a part of. Just to name one – phosphorus. Too much phosphorus in your blood pretty much sucks the calcium straight out of your bones! Why risk your health for this caramel-colored sugar water?

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4. Potato chips and snack crackers

Typically, all chips and crackers that come in a bag or box are full of partially hydrogenated oils and trans fats. Even snack crackers that look healthy are usually as bad as cookies. Plus, an entire box or bag of these snacks won’t fill you up, so you’ll consume astronomical amounts of calories!

I used to eat this stuff all the time when I was younger, but once I cut it out of my diet and replaced it with wholesome foods, I no longer desired it. It wasn’t until I quit eating the stuff that I realized, “oh wow, that stuff provided no satisfaction whatsoever.”

5. Yogurt (the flavored ones)

You hear about the health benefits of yogurt all the time. But such health benefits apply mostly to plain yogurt (the sour stuff you get in larger containers.)

The flavored yogurts (the ones with fancy, colorful packages that appeal to children) are just loaded with so much sugar it’s unbelievable. A small container might have 26g of sugar!

As an alternative, get some plain yogurt and mix it with all natural granola or some fresh or frozen fruit. (I suggest Greek yogurt.)

If you take my advice and just gradually eliminate these foods from your diet, you’ll be healthier and happier in no time!

(And you may even be on your way to six pack abs!)

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This article was originally published on January 6, 2009. It was updated and republished on June 13, 2018.

Photo credits: babbagecabbage | Lars K. Jensen

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  1. Ugh, why would you tell people to ruin perfectly good yogurt with granola? Granola is NOT a health food. Make a bowl of oatmeal and put greek yogurt on it, sure. But not granola. You take something perfectly healthy and cover it with that much sugar and fat, and you might as well just have the sweetened yogurt.

  2. @Joanne

    Granola is mostly oats and nuts if you get the good stuff (or even better, make it yourself,) so it’s not much different from oatmeal. Sugar and fat are both vital for endurance athletes as long as they’re used correctly.

    Not all granolas are the nutritional equivalent of Pop Tarts! 🙂

  3. For yogurt, I’ll chop up some bananas or blueberries and mix it right in that way.

  4. @TTFK

    Those are great choices. I’m partial to red raspberries, as well as strawberries and cherries.

  5. Great choices

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