21 Worthless Foods a Nutritionist Will Tell You To Cut Out Of Your Diet



You know, you know—that daily bagel and cream cheese habit will have to go if you want to eat healthier and lose weight. Same for mindless chips-munching on the couch. But what else might be holding you back from reaching your weight loss goals?




Soda or Pop

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The first on our list is perhaps the most obvious culprit, but despite numerous studies backing up the negative effects both diet and regular soda have on your body, our pros say it's shocking how much of it people drink.


Juice

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You hit the local juice bar before work and think you're making a healthy choice by drinking your breakfast. But Keren Gilbert, RD and founder of Decision Nutrition, says it's not that simple. Even though you're consuming fruits and veggies, a lot of the good stuff is left behind in the juicing process.


Nut milk

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Lactose intolerance or sensitive stomachs aside, old fashioned cow's milk is the way to go if you want the most nutritional oomph, says Samantha Lynch, RD, founder of Samantha Lynch Nutrition.


Fried Food

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Duh! Even though we all know fried foods are a healthy diet's arch-nemesis, fries (sweet potato or not—sorry!), chicken fingers, and onion rings are the default side dish to meals everywhere.


Fat-free dressing

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Bealert says going fat-free (dressings are just one example) is one of the biggest misconceptions she sees in clients who want to lose weight. In fact, not all fats are bad for you.


Alcohol

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Serious about losing weight and getting healthy? Then you'll have to ditch that daily glass of wine.


Cheese

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Yes, cheese contains bone-building calcium—and there are low-fat versions—but our pros say the bad can easily outweigh the good when portions get out of hand.


Red meat

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New research from the World Health Organization found red meat to be a potential carcinogen linked to colorectal, prostate, and pancreatic cancer.


Processed meats

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The same WHO report also found a link between cancer and processed meats like bacon, hot dogs, and sausages.


Yogurt with fruit on the bottom

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Confused as to why RDs would nix two healthy foods like fruit and yogurt? The answer lies in the syrupy fruit flavor that sweetens tart yogurt.


Flavored coffee drinks

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Pumpkin spice lattes may only be available for a limited time, but that doesn't negate the excess liquid calories you consume if you drink these indulgent lattes on a regular basis.


Gluten-free foods

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Adhering to a gluten-free diet is vital for people suffering from a gluten-intolerance or Celiac disease, but going gluten-free isn't necessarily a way to lose weight or eat healthier.


Ice cream and frozen yogurt

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As delicious as that pint of Ben & Jerry's in your freezer is, it's loaded with sugar and calories.


Flavored instant oatmeal

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While convenient, those individual packets of oatmeal are filled with 15 to 20 grams of unnecessary sugar.


Wraps

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You might be surprised to learn that nutritionists prefer bread to wraps, but it's true—under certain circumstances.


Granola

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Granola is easily mistaken for a health food, but if you've ever used it to top your yogurt, you know how difficult it can be to stick to an appropriate portion of this crunchy snack (most experts recommend no more than 2/3 a cup per serving).


Soy sauce

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Douse your sushi in soy sauce, and the next thing you know you're feeling stuffed, bloated and uncomfortable.


Dried fruit

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Consider this: a fresh apricot is roughly the size of a golf ball, so you likely wouldn't eat five in one sitting.


Protein bars

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There's a time and place for a generous helping of protein—after a sweaty, strenuous workout, for example.


Cereal

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"Sugary breakfast cereal made with mostly refined grains can contain lots of added sugar and very little fiber,"


Enhanced waters

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As with a diet soda addiction, the artificial sweeteners found in many enhanced and flavored waters can create an unquenchable thirst and never-ending cravings.