Top 10 Foods To Avoid While Dieting

July 2, 2013


Dieting is tough. Some of the tastiest foods also happen to be some of the most fattening and unhealthy. Knowing which foods to avoid while dieting is key to losing weight.

Here are ten foods you should avoid while dieting.

1. Snack Cakes

Snack cakes are a dietiers worst enemy because they are tasty and convenient. Don’t let your fast paced life lead you down the road for diet disaster.

Fill your pantry with healthy snacks that are just as convenient as those sugary and fattening snack cakes.

2. Soda

Regular sodas are packed full of calories and have no nutritional value. That means the calories are empty, do not help you feel full or satisfied and only make you gain weight.

Diet sodas are no better, because they contain a lot of sodium which causes your body to retain water and look bloated. The best thing to drink while dieting is water and herbal teas.

3. Mayonnaise

Many people like to add mayonnaise to their sandwiches or use it is salad dressings, dips and other recipes.

Mayonnaise is full of fat and has many hidden calories.

Since it is not eaten alone, many people do not think about the risks of eating it.Even lite mayonnaise is unhealthy and fattening.

4. Creamy Soups

Creamy soups are not a good idea for dieters because the cream base used to make them is full of fat and calories.

If you want to enjoy soup, choose one with a clear broth and make sure there is no added sodium.

5. Boxed Meals

Boxed meals may be cheap and convenient, but they are full of preservatives that can make you gain weight.

If you check the nutrition label you will find that a serving from a boxed meal has a lot more calories than if you would have made the same meal out of fresh ingredients.


6. Cheese

A little bit of cheese is good for you, but you have to be careful that you do not over indulge with it.

Cheese that is made with whole milk contains a lot of fat and many types of cheeses contain salt and preservatives.

All of these things can cause you to bloat and gain weight.

7. Red Meat

Red meat is not healthy, it is often full of fat and it takes a long time for your body to digest it.

It is okay to have small amount of red meat in your diet, but it should only be eaten in moderation even when you aren’t dieting.

8. Whole Milk

Whole milk is full of fat and although you need calcium that comes from milk, you can get it other ways while dieting. Try switching to 1%, 2% or skim milk.

You can drink or use these milks the same as whole milk, but without the added fat.

9. Fast Food

Fast food is irresistible to many people, but it will ruin your diet faster than almost any other food.

Almost all fast food meals are fried in grease and contain large amounts of fat, salt and preservatives.

10. Frozen Meals

Frozen meals can be fast and easy to make, but they are also full of calories that have no nutritional value.

Most frozen meals are also full of sodium which is not healthy and will cause you to retain water.

Don’t let the hard work you put into dieting be in vain. These ten foods are all hard to avoid, but doing so will help you stay healthy and lose those extra pounds.


  1. Talitha Garlic

    September 24, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Mayonnaise has absolutely no “hidden” calories; all the calories are plainly listed on the label. Mayonnaise is 100% fat, just like butter, margarine and cooking oil; and they all have the same number of calories per teaspoon.

  2. infogoddess

    October 3, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    A teaspoon or two of mayo on my sandwich will not destroy my diet.

  3. DanaCee69

    October 3, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    One simply has choices to make. If I had to eat only healthy stuff all the time I’d be bored with eating altogether. And if I had to prepare and cook every meal for me and mine there’s be no time to work or play. Id have to own a small farm to grow all my own organic veggies and raise my own meat. Add up the cost of purchasing a small farm, hiring the necessary help and the time lost at work to cook, farm, butcher, store and canning it all and you’re talking millions.

  4. Chezza Mp

    October 28, 2013 at 2:43 am

    Eat Clean and regular exercise is the message. If it doesn’t grow on a tree or in the ground, try to avoid it. Next time you’re at the supermarket, try shopping from the perimeters. You’ll find most items that are healthy and okay to eat there (except perhaps the bakery), like fish, fresh vegs, meat, healthy dairy etc. The only things you probably need in the aisles would be canned fish and some canned vegs etc. Use more herbs and spices to make your healthy, home cooked meals exciting. Also as Talitha said avoid commercial mayonaise and salad dressings, no matter what the claim is, they’re all fattening! Instead make your own salad dressings, it’s so easy and virtually no calories at all ;). One last tip is learn to read and understand food labels.

  5. Dthatch

    March 9, 2014 at 12:31 am

    I make my own mayo. One batch contains an egg, a cup of canola oil, a tsp of dijon mustard, 2 tbs of lemon juice and 1/4 tsp of salt. I have no idea what the calorie count is but its good and contains no preservatives.

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