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5 Foods to Ditch for Fat Loss, Says Weight Loss Coach

Eliminate these few things from your diet can make a bit difference.

Gerard Hall (@ghallfitness) is a transformation coach and social media influencer who shares content surrounding health and wellness. One of his main goals is to help people get into the best shape of their lives – mentally, physically, and emotionally. In one of his many viral videos, he gets real about dieting, listing five foods you should ditch ASAP if you are trying to lose weight and burn fat. "Everyday foods you should avoid if you want to lose fat," he says at the start of the clip. We also asked The Diet Diva, Tara Collingwood, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD/N, ACSM-CPT, a Board Certified Sports Dietitian, to weigh in on his suggestions. 


French Fries

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"Number one french fries," says Gerard. "This shit wreaks havoc on your waistline. This McDonald's fries has 500 calories. You would have to jog for a whole hour to burn that shit off. I personally recommend you just eat baked potatoes instead." Collingwood agrees. "French fries are very high in calories and are actually not very filling," she says. "If you're dipping them into ketchup or Ranch then you're adding even more empty calories from sugar and also a dose of sodium. Plus French fries are very addictive and difficult to control portion control!"



"Number two, Coke," says Gerard. "One can of Coke has 10 teaspoons of sugar, which makes it highly addictive. Drink water or switch to Diet Coke instead and no, the Diet Coke won't kill you."

Collingwood "absolutely agrees" that regular sodas have no place in a weight loss diet. "It is pure sugar that doesn't provide any satiety. I agree with water, flavored water, seltzer, and even diet soda."

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Fruit Juice

glass of fresh orange juice with fresh fruits on wooden table

Number three? "Fruit juice sounds healthy, but again, way too much sugar," says Gerard. "Juicing removes a lot of fiber and nutrients. You are far better off just eating the fruit instead." 

Again, Collingwood agrees. "Whole fruit is much better than juice because you get the fiber to keep you full longer," she says. 

Candy Bars

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 12, 2018: An assortment of full size candy bars from Mars Chocolate for Halloween.

"Number four, candy bars," he says. "High in sugar, low in nutrients. Your body doesn't recognize this as food leaving you hungry for more and more," he points out. "Just eat like a damn adult." Candy is indeed empty calories, "but at the same time I am a fan of a little square or two of chocolate to take care of a sugar craving when I want a sweet treat," says Collingwood. "Full sized candy bars have now become king sized as the norm, so stay away from that large size and just go with the smaller piece or two."

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Aerial view of various coffee

And, lastly, coffee. "Now if you drink it black, you're good, but if you're adding loads of sugar and cream, then you're going to have problems, especially if you're smashing four to five cups a day." Collingwood notes that coffee is false energy "and it is dangerous to increase caffeine intake to try to prevent hunger," she says. "Plus when you add the sugary syrups, cream, whipped cream, and more you can have as many calories as a small meal!  One or two cups of coffee and adding low fat milk and using sugar free sweeteners can definitely fit into a reduced calorie diet and the milk provides nutritional value."

💪🔥Body Booster: An easy way to blast fat is by making little tweaks to your diet. For example, eliminating sugary drinks, candy bars, or super fatty food. 

Leah Groth
Leah Groth has decades of experience covering all things health, wellness and fitness related. Read more