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15 Fat-Storing Foods You MUST Avoid (and 15 Fat-Burning Foods to Eat Instead)

Make your diet work for you by kicking these fat-storing foods to the curb.

The following is an excerpt from “Fat Burning Machine” by Mike Berland with Gale Bernhardt

Gale and I designed the Fat-Burning Machine diet to be full of variety and rich in the foods your body needs. Your body needs carbohydrates, fat, and protein in order to survive. But not all carbohydrates, fats, and proteins are created equally. The carbohydrates contained in vegetables are different from those contained in a muffin or orange juice. Your orange juice may be far from healthy.

As a quick guide, choose from the list of fat-burning foods and avoid the fat-storing foods in the chart below. That doesn’t mean you can never have the foods in the fat-storing column. They’re just not your best choices. Here you’ll find a full list of fat-burning foods to incorporate into your diet and lots of suggestions for making delicious meals.

These are the top FAT-STORING foods that will contribute to your weight gain. Avoid these for maximum results.

  • Breaded or fried meats
  • Processed foods, such as frozen meals
  • Sweet and spicy wings
  • Boxed cereal
  • Artificial cheese
  • Potatoes, French fries, tater tots
  • Popcorn, corn, potato, or “snack” chips
  • Fruit juice (especially orange, grapefruit, cherry, and cranberry)
  • Dried fruit
  • Honey, maple syrup, agave
  • Soda (sugared and diet)
  • All foods containing any word that ends in “ose”
  • Ketchup, barbecue sauce, steak sauce
  • Jams and jellies
  • Bottled salad dressings with sugar

The good news is it's not too late to switch over to these healthy, life-changing, FAT-BURNING foods.

  • Fresh vegetables (especially asparagus, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, and dark leafy greens like spinach and kale)
  • Fresh meat like beef, chicken, lamb, pork, venison, and buffalo
  • Cured and deli meat like ham, sausage, bacon, and smoked turkey
  • Seafood and fish (all)
  • Cheese (all)–cow, goat, hard, soft
  • Cottage, cream, and ricotta cheeses
  • Eggs and egg whites
  • Fruit (in moderation, specifically low- to moderate-sugar varieties like apple, berries, cantaloupe, lemon, lime, peach, rhubarb, watermelon)
  • Vegetable oils like olive, canola, coconut, sesame, sunflower, and walnut
  • Butter
  • Milk (cow, almond, soy, rice, coconut)
  • Condiments like tahini, mustard, hummus, salsa, tahini, sriracha, soy sauce, tamari, and pesto
  • Fresh beans and peas
  • Canned, unsweetened beans
  • All herbs and (un-sugared) dry seasonings

Photo: (Andy Powell/Flickr)

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