Ten Foods to Avoid When Trying to Lose Weight and Get Healthier

These are the ten foods to avoid to be healthy and lose weight.

Many people have a good idea what to eat and what not to eat when they are following a healthy lifestyle, however there is a lot of mixed information out there. Often without realizing it, we are sabotaging our healthy way of eating.

This is why I created this post. I wanted to list for you the 10 Foods to avoid when trying to lose weight and get healthy.


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Milk doesn’t do the body good….Not at all.

If you have wondered why do people stop drinking milk when trying to lose fat then you will want to pay close attention here.

The truth is milk is not very good for you. It is not good at all because it contains lactose which adults don’t digest very well. Milk contains lactose which is simply milk sugar.

This is the thing that makes many adults sick and fat. Milk does not do the body good. Milk is great for little kids because we want them to grow and get bigger, but milk really isn’t so good for grown-ups. Skim milk is the worst of all because all the healthy fat has been removed.

I eliminated milk from my diet when I went low carb and I have never missed it. I no longer ever have stomach issues.

Note though, not all dairy (milk) is bad. For example, I love heavy whipping cream in my coffee. It has almost zero protein or sugar. If you love milk and switching to cream is too drastic for you, maybe try some half-and-half. It has much less sugar than milk it isn’t as heavy as cream. But really you should try cream in your coffee! I love it.

If you are a milk fan and want to learn more about why milk isn’t good for you, I highly recommend you do some research. I would start with visiting Dr. Ken Berry the author of Lies My Doctor Told Me. This book was eye opening for me.


I highly recommend removing all grains from your diet. Only in modern history have we eaten grains. Grains are genetically modified and inflammatory and yet, grains make you fat. Grains are wheat, corn, oats and rice. These are all starches and carbs. They are not healthy and turn to sugar (glucose) once they are digested. Whole grain is just as bad as cereal and donuts. It is just as bad because it raises your sugar. If you want to stop gaining weight and get healthy.

Many people have a bad reaction to the glucose in wheat and have become gluten free. Perhaps are bodies are trying to tell us something about wheat.

Read Grain Brain to learn more about the effects of grain.

Other Starches like potatoes, corn or rice

It really is all about keeping your blood sugar low. And starchy foods like potatoes, corn and rice all turn to sugar in your blood stream. Bottom line is, if you want to lose weight you need to eliminate the starches from your diet.

Juices and Sugary Drinks

Years ago before I started a low carb lifestyle I gave up soda and almost immediately lost 10 pounds. Sodas including diet sodas are not good for you. And fruit juices are just as bad. Orange juice for example has as much sugar as a soda. If you really want the juice, you are better off eating an orange. It will still raise your sugar but it is better than the juice. I think if I drank orange juice today after being low carb for so long, it would put me in a coma.

Here are best sugar free drinks and good alternatives to juice.

Fruit (except berries)

Fruits contain fructose which is another word for sugar. Although they are natural and made by God, if you are trying to lose weight, I would avoid them. You could add them back eventually. I eat fruit, I stick with berries as they have less sugar than the rest and they are high in fiber.

Diet or Low Fat Products

Just know this. If it is processed (in a box) it is probably not good for you. Product marked fat free or low fat are most likely packed with sugar. And foods that say no sugar or low sugar are probably made with an inflammatory processed oil. Just stay away from processed diet products.

Bad Fats

When it comes to oils keep in mind that any fat that comes from a genetically modified grain is no good. So this would mean soy, corn, canola, and cottonseed isn’t very good. And trans fats or foods that are hydrogenated like margarine are literally fake foods. Don’t eat them. They are very inflammatory. They are hidden in many processed foods. It is important to read the labels. And I would stay away from vegetable oil as well. I assure you there are not veggies in the highly processed oil.

Learn more about good fats here

Starchy vegetables

The best veggies to eat are the leafy green veggies that grow above the ground. The root veggies like potatoes tend to be more starchy and turn to sugar once digested. Yes, even sweet potatoes turn to sugar. I would be careful with the amount of starchy vegetables while losing weight.

Bottom line, it really is about keeping your sugar low so you can lose weight. But the real win here is you will reduce inflammation and feel better! I eliminated these foods and my head aches went away. I never got another sinus infection. My joints stopped aching. I had more energy. In a lot of ways obesity is really a side effect of inflammation.

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28 thoughts on “Ten Foods to Avoid When Trying to Lose Weight and Get Healthier”

  1. Thanks for this article. I agree on the tips you have given here. For trying to lose weight, it’s probably good to avoid most forms of carbohydrate, because then the body will utilize the fat stores for energy. Also its always good to avoid un-healthy fat sources, processed foods, processed sugars, etc. 

    I think this article will give people good guidance on how to choose their food. Another important step is following the guidance over the long term and consistently. Easier said than done I know! I have actually followed advice similar to this article for years and I have been maintaining a healthy weight, actually even gaining some muscle, for a while now. 

    I hope more people find your article!

  2. Hello Wendy, thanks for this really nice post. Most people don’t really know what diet to be in at a particular age and out of the ignorance of that eat any kind if food they see.currently I’m working out to lose weight but as we all know you also have to watch your diet as well. I’ll make sure I stay away from the listed here in this post. Thank for the information.

    1. You got it, Dane. Weight loss happens in the kitchen not in the gym. However, working out is great for your mindset and toning! 🙂

  3. Interesting discories here I must say. But I found one of the discoveries to be bizarre since you stayed that fruits should be avoided when trying to lose weight. I thought fruits are prescribed as a food that should be added to a person’s diet to prevent the consumption of highly processed foods or carbs, so why do you include it as a must to be avoided when losing weight?  I’d be glad to get an answer quick enough because this could help me a lot since I consume fruits as a direct substitute for some foods.

    1. It really is about keeping your blood sugar level. When sugar is high it is harder to lose weight. If you eliminate sugar in your diet, which includes the fructose from fruits you will lose weight quicker. You can always add it back later.

  4. I am not 50 but I can definitely atest to wheat causing issues. It is really interesting too that it can create havoc in other places besides just you digestion. In fact for me wheat also causes my skin to become rough looking on my face. It is no suprise that many of the items mentioned above cause many people allergic reactions. We are what we eat and if we put junj or highly processed foods instead of our basic needs even paleo diet then we can feel horrible. 

    bottom line is eating healthy can cause you to loose weight and feel amazing. We all know this but it comes down to choices everyday. I wish I could say I make the best choices each day. I try and this reminds me to try harder

    1. Thank you, Jane. You make so many good choices. We are what we eat and it is all about choices. And sometimes we are not perfect and have to get back on it. It took me 50 years to finally figure out what works for me. Eliminating the above foods gave me back my life.

  5. Hello Wendy, a big thank you to you for putting up this post. I have been on diet of lose weight for some time now but it seem its not working as expected. I am glad to have come across these post because I have been taking some of these things listed even though I am on meals to reduce my weight. Hopefully after I stop these things, my diet will be effective. Best regards dear.

    1. Chloe, I can tell you from my own experience that diets don’t work. When we “diet” we expect ourselves to be perfect. No one is perfect! The easiest way to lose weight is to keep your blood sugar low so your body can use your own fat reserves for fuel. The lower the carbs the better. 

  6. I appreciate this information. I have parents who are just about at that age where they should definitely start considering what they eat. It’s good to see that you have some food suggestions, as well as your own experience. 

    If you don’t mind me asking, but are you using any sources to provide this information? Scientific or clinical studies? Just wondering.

    Anyway, thanks for the article, I’m sure it’ll come in handy! 

    1. Thanks Anthony. Oh my gosh, I have learned from so many people and have read so many books. Knowledge is power. I learned a lot from Dr. Eric Berg (I did his health coaching course), Dr. Ken Berry (His videos and Book Lies my doctor told me is awesome!) , dietdoctor.com and many more. 

      But the most important thing is I learned from eliminating these from my own diet and got my life back. Personal experience is key. I have also seen amazing results with my husband and my clients.

  7. It has been 7 years since my girlfriend practically threw me left me for being too fat and disgusting, as she called me. And the worst part was that I also felt disgusted by the fat, sad man I’d become. I had stopped loving myself long before she did.I was overweight and my lower body was covered with squishy, ugly cellulite. And that’s when I decided I’d had enough. I will always be grateful to my cousin, she made stop some of this food you listed and that was it. There was a gradual change I found in my body.

    I’m begging anyone reading this tips to take it very serious, and I’ve also added to my list of what I should avoid eating.

    Thanks for the write-up.


    1. Jordan, This breaks my heart that someone could be so mean. I hope you realize that you are perfect just the way you are. Losing weight is about being healthy but I know it also helps with self esteem. Me losing my weight helped me to realize I am worthy and lovable and so are you! I’m proud of you for making some changes. I wish you all the best. 

  8. In a million times, I wouldn’t have guessed that taking milk is not good for me because I still consume it till now. Even some diets that are meant for weight loss still encourage the intake of milk. This is something I will have to stay away from now. Also, you added wheat too. This is a type of food that I supposed was okay for those who have been diagnosed to have any type of diabetes. I guess I we all learn everyday. I’ll be sure to stay away from this one’s. Thanks!

    1. I know exactly what you mean. It is totally different information than what we were taught as kids. But let me assure you if you give up milk and wheat the world will not end. Actually you will probably feel a lot better. The gluten in wheat affect many people. Try it for a week and see how you feel. You will probably be pretty amazed.

  9. Now this is going to help out a lot of people. Those 10 foods are something I would grab if I wanted to eat or just snack on something fast. I been gaining weight fast this summer and usually I lose weight in the summer and gain in the winter but for some reason this summer was different and now my eyes are open because I know I gain in the winter. Now I have to avoid that from happening so I don’t get any bigger then what I am. I am 225 lbs and 6ft but the fat is in all the wrong places. Like my belly and upper legs. That is the worst place the upper legs. Well, Thank you for this awesome review and I know if it helped me out it is helping out others as well. 

    Stevie B

  10. Hello Wendy, after reading your post Fat Loss at Fifty, I have a new insight about sugars, Fats and Carbs. I don’t consider myself over weight I have cut out the basic sugars from my diet, knowing that most foods have some type of sugar, salt and fat, also I have a low carb. food plan. I would like to know did Brian buy into your plan after seeing your progress in health weight loss, or was he on board from the beginning? the reason I am asking, my family have a history of obese, high blood pressure and Diabetes how would I influence or convince them to change, I know change is difficult and they have been this way for a long time. This is a wonderful article with so much insight into different foods on how they affect your body, I would ask do you have a little exercise to your daily routine?        

    1. Brian and I did this together. It was a team effort. Actually, I didn’t exercise at all (other than working 8 hours a day) while I was losing. This to me was proof that weight loss happens in the kitchen, not the gym. With that said, I do currently walk daily and I swim and work out with weights. This is just to build a little muscle tone and get stronger since I’m not getting any younger.

  11. The author perfectly described everything in this post. But, in my opinion, it is better just to go to the gym and work hard there.

    1. Working out is great and fantastic for your body. However, you can’t outrun a poor diet. There are a lot of people who appear to be healthy on the outside, but poor nutrition could be causing lots of inflammation within. Good health starts with giving your body what it needs to thrive.

  12. Hi, Thank you so very much for your article on losing Fat at Fifty. I know that Losing weight has never been anything easy. We must watch what we eat because losing weight actually is supposed to start in our kitchen and not during work out. Presently I am using the low carb food plan and it has really been good. Thanks.

  13. Hi Wendy

     I think it is important when you reach passed 50 to start reducing the amounts of calories that you consume, as your metabolic rate starts to slow down then it is important that you adjust your intake. I am a great believer in having a balanced diet trying to get all the fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals in the right proportions. I do not totally buy admitting one group over the others, as we all have different needs and conditions, I do use soya milk but I cannot do without fruit as I grow my own. Weight control is about healthy eating and exercise, and I  try to stick with this as much as possible. 



    1. I am glad this is working for you. We are all different. I just know for me, I feel my best when I eat a low carb diet. What works for some, doesn’t work for others.

  14. Love the catchy topic title. 10 things to avoid to lose weight, I’m quite shocked at some of them.

    Milk fruit and wheat. I eat a lot of gluten free products because my husband is a coeliac. He was diagnosed 11 years ago.

    I also eat a lot of berries and nuts. 

    Enjoyed the amount of information and the links are great.


    1. Thank you, Lisa. I am curious how you guys are doing since cutting out the gluten in your diet.

      Most people are surprised about cutting out fruit, milk, and wheat but all of them raise insulin and cause lots of inflammation in the body. Most people don’t do well with gluten as it causes a lot of stomach issues like coeliac disease and simply cutting out wheat can make a huge difference with most people. 

      But a big problem with many people is they try to substitute wheat with eating products that are “gluten-free” thinking they are healthy. Sadly many of these products are filled with sugar and other high carb substitutes and chemicals. These products also can cause inflammation in the body. 

      I didn’t have coeliac but I had lots of joint pain and was obese. I was tired all the time. So yes, going gluten-free is very helpful for many, however many people may need to go further than that in order to get full control of their health. 

      Thanks for you insight. 

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