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STOP! Health Foods You’re Eating Right Now That Are Making You Fat

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Just because you can drink it, doesn't mean it should be!

1e Aren't smoothies and vegetable drinks fun and convenient? Yes, and they taste great too! But those tempting Strawberry-Banana Blasts smoothies and hearty Green Machine drinks are loaded with calories, sodium (hidden heaps of salt), and carbohydrates, most of which come from sugar. It's true: even too much natural sugar is a bad thing. BOTTOM LINE: Eat the fruit, ditch the drink.

Got Milk?

Heidi-Klum-Got-Milk What do parents always tell their children? "Drink your milk so you can grow bigger!" Unfortunately for most adults concerned with weight, when we consume milk, we don't grow "bigger," only "wider." BOTTOM LINE: Limit your milk intake if you are concerned with weight, and fill up on other calcium sources, such as spinach, kale, tuna, and legumes.

"I'll have three Big Macs, two large french fries, and a Diet Coke."

video-undefined-224126DB00000578-869_636x358 Sorry diet-soda-lovers: the artificial sugars in your favorite drinks can actually weaken your body's ability to regulate caloric intake, which can lead to overeating. BOTTOM LINE: Cut back on the diet-soda. Instead, hydrate with water, carbonated water, green tea, and unsweetened ice tea.

Soy Sorry!"

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This health food craze definitely fizzed down when studies showed the increased consumption of soy products by the western world had caused an epidemic of hyperthyroidism, which {gasp!} is leading symptom of being overweight. BOTTOM LINE: Again, moderation, of course. With so many different protein choices out there, this should be an easy one to avoid.

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?

bieber Grapes do have nutritional value, but they also are loaded with sugar. BOTTOM LINE: DO eat a handful of grapes when they are in season, but DON’T eat the whole bunch for a snack. Unless of course, they are being hand-fed while you’re lounging poolside.

Meals in a Bar

protein_bars_anyone Protein bars seem like a great meal replacement option or a smart choice when you need a boost during the day, but many are packed with calories and sugar. You might as well be eating a Snickers Bar. BOTTOM LINE: Read the label and nutritional content, so you are aware of exactly what is in that densely packed snack. Plan ahead, so you’re not scrounging for a quick fix.

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PB-granola-2 Sure, it tastes great in yogurt, but its often full of sugar, carbs, and FAT! BOTTOM LINE: Satisfy that CRUNCH with healthier alternatives, such as carrots, celery, or an apple.

If You Like Piña Colada

c7afd5a6-e5cd-11e3-_706497b While some citrus fruits, such as grapefruit, may help you lose weight, certain tropical fruits will do the complete opposite. Mango, papaya, pineapple, and bananas contain a lot of natural sugar which can make you pack on those pounds. BOTTOM LINE: If you’re trying to fit into that bikini, save the fruit splurge for when you’re in Maui.

Resist the Pile-Up

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Watch out for the extras you may be eating on your salads. Cheese, croutons, bacon bits, nuts, and many salad dressings are super high in fat and calories. BOTTOM LINE: If it didn't grow in the ground, it will make you grow round. Limit the extras on salads and stick to a no-fat dressing or lite-vinaigrette.

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