Losing weight may become a losing battle if you don’t get the basics right. And the most basic thing you need to know is the right food. This, combined with sufficient exercise is the biggest component of any weight loss recipe.

Our focus here is food. When it comes foods, knowing what foods you should NOT eat is as important as knowing the ones you should mostly be eating. Here’s a list of 12 top foods you should avoid, or at least greatly limit if you hope to lose weight.

Let’s start with the obvious ones, Fast Foods. Cheeseburgers, french fries, milkshakes and taco’s are all high calorie foods which consumption would sabotage your weight loss efforts.

They come with no real nutrients, just empty calories in the form of preservatives. This applies to nearly all greasy and sugary processed foods. They are your prime suspects.

If you should go near them at all, it should be as rare, occasional treats. Next come Sauces. You would guess that items like gravies, sweetened condensed milk, cheese sauces and salad dressings are all high in calories. And you would be right.

You should also get rid of extras like cream on your baked potatoes and cream sauces for your pastas. For salad dressings, go for oil and vinegar as alternatives. This will eliminate hidden calories and increase your chances of losing weight.

Table Sugar: For obvious reasons. Sugar is all calories and nearly zero in nutritional content.

Honey: Contrary to popular belief, honey has very little nutritional value. Meanwhile it comes packed with calories—nearly as high as sugar! You should greatly limit your consumption of honey, too.

Soda: Besides their high calorie content and nutritional deficiency, sodas also contribute to tooth decay.

Vegetables with High Starch Content: Potatoes are god examples. Nearly everyone loves them. But beware, potatoes are high in starch, and so the human body handles potatoes the same way it does sugars. A potato meal causes your blood sugar to rise, and they are harder for the body to process. So potatoes and similar starchy foods tend to keep the body in an elevated insulin condition. And that makes weight loss much harder.

Fruit Juice: In themselves, fruit juices are fine. Problem is that majority of what you see as “fruit juice” in the marketplace these days are nothing but high fructose corn syrup. And they’re now implicated in the rampant obesity in our society. So if you must drink fruit juice (and you should!) then make it home-made, 100% pure juice devoid of fructose corn syrup and other preservatives.

Fried Foods: This should come as no surprise to anyone. Most fried foods are high in hydrogenated oil which the human body is unable to fully process. So they get stored as fat, and that’s more weight!

White Bread: Nearly all of the nutrients have been drained out during processing. What you have left is mainly carbohydrates.

Margarine: They are high in hydrogenated oils, which isn’t good for weight reduction.

Caffeine: In itself, not much problem. The problem with this substance is just that it causes dehydration which tends to increase appetite. And if you must lose weight, increased appetite is one thing you don’t need.

Alcohol: It slows down your metabolism by as high as 73%. That’s bad news for weight loss!

Ensure you read the nutrition labels in the foods you purchase. If you stay away from these and similar low nutrition and high calorie foods, you’ll find it easier to lose pounds and maintain optimum weight.

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