10 Foods to Avoid While Dieting ...

Whether you're just starting your weight loss journey, or you've been dieting for a while, you know there are certain pit-fall foods you just shouldn't eat, aka foods to avoid while dieting. But we all need a little reminder now and again, don't we? And sweetie, I can help! Here are 10 Foods to Avoid While Dieting... let's see if your very own evil temptation is included, shall we?

1. Soda

If you drink regular soda, then this is aimed at you. While it's not technically a food to avoid while dieting, it still counts because it's loaded with so many empty calories in the form of sugar. Plus, most of the 20-ounce bottles we tend to consume are actually TWO servings, and most of us don't realize that.

2. Cream-based Soups

Soups can be diet-friendly, but cream-based soups, like cream of broccoli or cream of chicken, are fatty and are also full of sodium. Repeat: cream based soups are definitely foods to avoid while dieting... but soups with a clear broth are usually fine. Unless they're loaded with pasta.

3. A Dessert, Sort of...

No, dessert itself isn't a food to avoid while dieting. But eating an entire serving of dessert, every day, is something to avoid. Don't feel you have to deprive yourself, but remember, this is, after all, a diet.

4. Whole Milk

Milk is tasty and is also loaded with vitamins and minerals we all need... but for the sake of your diet, avoid whole milk and opt for skim or 2% instead. Some brands even offer a 1% or a half-percent option, too.

5. Cheese

I add cheese to everything, because I'm a firm believer that cheese can make almost anything better. But since it's wise to avoid fatty foods while dieting, I forgo the cheese... most of the time... or choose reduced-fat cheese instead.

6. Calorie-adding Condiments

Did you know condiments, like ketchup and mayonnaise, can add hidden calories to even the most diet-friendly foods? It's okay to have them once in a while, but either add them to your list of foods to avoid while dieting, or at least count the calories lurking in them in your meal tally.

7. Anything in a Box

Most prepared foods that come in boxes (with the exception of some whole-grain breakfast cereals) are loaded with nasty chemical preservatives, fat, sodium, and calories...

8. Anything in a Can

… and the same can be said for anything that comes in a can. For example, canned ravioli, some canned soups, even canned or jarred pasta sauce. If you're not sure, check the label and make your decision based on that.

9. Anything Fried

I know, I know, this might be a no-brainer, but I had to include it because my niece insists that friend tomatoes, fried cauliflower and fried mushrooms are healthy, and don't count as a food to be avoided while dieting. Um, no. Anything fried is NOT a diet food. End of story.

10. Fast Food

With few exceptions (like some Subway sandwiches), most fast food is the exact polar opposite of diet food. Avoid it. Truly. It's loaded with fat, sugar, and other calories you just don't need. In fact, one fast food meal can actually equal ALL of the calories a dieter is supposed to consume in one day!

With so many foods to avoid while dieting, how will you ever diet with any success? That's so melodramatic, isn't it? You know there are so many healthy, diet-friendly alternatives... so try those instead, and get ready to fit back into those skinny jeans! Which of these foods to avoid surprised you? Which did you already ditch? Do tell!

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