The Pantry Items You Need To Get Rid Of

Could you be sabotaging your diet without knowing it? There are a lot of staple items people keep in their pantry that may be keeping those pounds on instead of helping them come off. Let’s go over some of the things you should ditch immediately to start shedding those unwanted pounds.

Potato Chips: they are too easy to overeat and they don’t really fill you up.

Veggie chips: they seem healthier but they’re not. They are usually mostly potato and the same calories per ounce as regular chips.

Processed meats: deli meat and bacon are just a few items on this list. With all the preservatives and salt, you’re bound to retain water and weight.

Juice: juices are all sugar. It’s like eating a cookie.

Crackers: the calories add up quickly with these crispy treats, especially if you are having them with cheese or other toppings.

Cereals: most have added sugar that will set you up for an energy crash.

Pastries and cakes: these are all refined flour and added sugar. They are packed with calories and no nutritional value.

Cookies: again, added sugar and refined flour and completely devoid of nutritional value.

Soda: a 20oz soda has almost ¼ cup of added sugar and basically nothing else!

Dried fruit: the portion size is tiny and packs a sugary punch. Stick to fresh fruit.

An easy way to make better choices is to only buy things with an ingredient list full of items you recognize, rather than ones that sound like a science experiment. Convenient snack foods are not good choices. The calories add up fast and keep the extra pounds nice and comfortable on your hips. Set yourself up for success by keeping healthy foods around. Need an extra boost? Try our 21-Day Challenge to jumpstart your health.

Anastasia Conover MS, RD, CSR

Anastasia Conover graduated from West Chester University with a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She continued her education receiving a Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. Now she teaches nutrition classes, does nutrition counseling, and develops healthy recipes and diets to help people reach their health and wellness goals. She also devotes her time to community outreach focusing on kidney disease education.

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