What foods should I not be eating to lose weight? And what should I be drinking besides water and my morning coffee?

When trying to lose weight, there are no foods that you absolutely have to avoid. However, there are some foods that are better choices than others when it comes to weight loss. For example, I would recommend limiting foods that are high in calories but low in nutrient value. Foods like candy, cookies, cake, and pie are high in simple sugar and fat and low in vitamins and minerals. Fried foods and foods that are processed generally have a high fat and sodium content and do not have many of the essential nutrients for good health. When trying to lose weight, begin to broaden your diet horizon and choose foods from all of the food groups. Include at least 5 or more fruits and vegetables per day in your diet. Substitute whole grain bread, rice, and cereal for processed white flour products and choose the leanest meats possible. Try substituting a bean-based entrée on a night you would normally have meat (bean soup, bean burrito or meatless chili). If you are struggling with giving up your favorite food (potato/nacho chips, ice cream, cookies, etc)…then don’t! I encourage people to continue to include your favorites in your diet. But make sure that you are only having one portion of these and make healthy meal selections during the rest of the day.

When it comes to beverage consumption, water is at the top of the list for good health. Skim or soy milk are also healthy options. Try other great tasting beverages like Healthy Balance juices. They are very flavorful and low in calories so you can consume them without all of the added sugar and calories. I struggle with getting enough water during the day and the Healthy Balance juices are a nice addition when striving to meet my fluid needs. Try to avoid soda and fruit flavored beverages, as there is little to no nutrient value in these. Your morning coffee is fine, as long as it is limited to a few cups and not consumed all throughout the day.

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