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Nutrition : 8 Surprising Things You Should Never Eat if You're Trying to Lose Weight

You’ve heard that you should never judge books by their covers, but what about judging foods by their packaging? Looks can be deceiving, especially at the grocery store where it’s easy to be tricked into thinking certain products are healthy when they’re actually far from it. If you haven’t been already, it’s time to start looking at nutrition labels and ingredients lists to set your shopping straight.

Nutrition experts say it's stupid to forbid yourself from eating certain foods — that denying yourself something you really want to eat can ultimately lead to binge eating and eventual weight gain. So dessert isn't on this list — it's OK to indulge sometimes! But some foods really do deserve the ax — especially if you are trying to lose weight. In which case, avoid these foods (when you can!) to fend off cravings and hunger, and support your efforts to slim down.

Does anyone eat popcorn because they are actually hungry? Either way, microwave popcorn doesn’t have much going for it in the nutrition department. All of its trans fats pretty much outdo any benefits its fiber holds. Meanwhile, some brands contain diacetyl-containing butter flavorings, which when breathed in, can cause life-threatening lung disease such as bronchiolitis obliterans, according to research Opens a New Window. from Brown University. 


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