To Lose Weight, Avoid These Foods–Even “Healthy” Ones

While trying to lose weight, many people know to avoid excess sugar and salt. But many foods can sneak sugar into your diet, secretly making you pack on the pounds. White bread, flavored yogurt, and even certain types of oatmeal can make people gain weight. Although people think that some of these foods are healthy, you should avoid them while trying to lose weight.

To Shed Pounds, Ditch White Bread

White bread slices lie next to a load and on top of a white cloth.
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If you are trying to lose weight, choose your bread wisely. White bread is a refined grain, and the refining process strips the bread of its fiber and nutrients. Essentially, white bread only gives you sugar.

In 2014, a Spanish study determined that white bread raises your risk of obesity by 40%. Although white bread is not the cause of obesity, there is a strong association. To lose weight, swap white bread with whole grains. Wheat bread has more fiber, more nutrients, and less sugar. That should help you drop pounds.