12 Healthy Foods to Avoid for Weight Loss

Weight loss can be tricky due to deceptive foods that appear healthy but are high in calories or fat. Deciding what to include or avoid in your diet is key.

Store Bought Protein Shakes

Store-bought protein shakes may have added sugars and artificial ingredients. Homemade shakes ensure healthier, personalized options due to control over ingredients.


Granola may contain healthy ingredients like oats, nuts and seeds, but it can also be high in sugars and oils, making it as calorie-dense as a dessert.

Flavored Yogurt

Many assume flavored yogurt is healthy for quick snacks or breakfast. However, they're loaded with added sugars and flavorings causing high calorie intake without much nutrition.

Fruit Juices

Fruit juices, often misunderstood as healthy due to their fruit basis, lack fiber and contain high fructose, causing rapid blood sugar spikes that can impede weight loss.

Agave Nectar

Agave nectar, rich in fructose, can lead to insulin resistance and weight gain when overconsumed, and is likely to convert to fat, making it a poor choice for weight loss.

Air Fried Foods

Air frying, although marketed as healthier, has pitfalls. It requires oil coating possibly leading to more fat intake. High-heat cooking may yield harmful compounds and the healthy branding might invite overeating. Moderation and balance remain crucial.

Veggie Chips

Veggie chips, often used as a potato chip substitute, are made with few vegetables, high in sodium and fats, similar calorie-dense as regular chips and not beneficial for weight loss.

Diet Sodas

Artificial sweeteners in diet sodas can increase cravings for sugary foods due to their intense sweetness, overstimulating taste buds and disrupting the body’s calorie regulation.


Despite their fruity facade, sorbets contain high sugar and lack the dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals from whole fruit, making them less nutritious.


Smoothies are nutrient-rich and filling, but can have high sugar if made with excess fruit or sweetened yogurt. Use unsweetened alternatives and limit fruit for lower sugar content.

Multigrain Bread

"Multigrain" doesn't always mean whole grain. Check the ingredient list for "whole wheat" or "100% whole grain" for nutritional value. Without these, bread may contain refined grains.

Trail Mix

Trail mix is a popular snack, but its high-fat content makes it calorie-dense. Added sugars and dried fruits increase its calorie count. More on Health Makes You.