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8 Diet suicide foods to avoid

Muffins are not health food.
Muffins are not health food.Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

Diet suicide foods may be blatantly bad or surprising. They can masquerade as health food and then quickly push us over the cliff into fat land. The worst of all unhealthy foods advertise themselves as low fat, but are high calorie diet breakers. Here are 8 foods to avoid whether you wish to lose weight or simply stay healthy.

1. Bagels

One bagel has the caloric equivalent of four slices of bread. If you love this diet suicide food at least split it with a friend and skip the cream cheese.

2. Muffins

So many people think muffins are good for us. A Dunkin Donuts reduced fat blueberry muffin has 400 calories. Imagine what the original version has.

3. Sports drinks/diet drinks

Full of sugar or artificial sweeteners and chemical goodness. Try water with a splash of lemon juice instead.

4. Granola bars

Back in the seventies, these were a staple of health food fanatics. Guess what? Most modern versions are full of sugar and sometimes even high fructose corn syrup. Have a bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon, raisins and a small amount of brown cane sugar instead.

5. Fancy coffee

Notice the lack of bitterness? It doesn't even taste like coffee. Back off! This bad boy is filled with cream and sugars. It's calorie loaded diet suicide. Try regular coffee or tea instead. Even with two sugars, they don't come close to the 800 or more calories in a large fancy coffee.

6. Salad dressing

Fat is the main culprit in this diet suicide topping. Eating healthy foods does no good if they are smothered in rich dressing. Try a little vinegar and a splash of olive oil instead. Add a few spices and you have a delicious low calorie dressing.

7. Fancy hamburgers

Let's talk about the BK Steakhouse burger. This bad boy weighs in at 950 calories. The average daily calorie limit is about 2000. Add fries and a drink to this burger and we're talking more than half your daily calorie allowance. Try a plain veggie burger with a pickle, ketchup, and mustard for about ¼ the calories and fat.

8. Flavored or sweetened applesauce

Applesauce is one of those deceiving diet suicide foods. It appears to be healthy. It's just mashed apples, right? Wrong. Most applesauce has added sugar, unless otherwise specified on the label. Flavored applesauce also contains high fructose corn syrup. Better grab an apple instead.

Note: Calorie count for fast food items is readily available by request from the venues that sell it.

This article was previously published by this author on a now closed Yahoo! property.