Foods to Avoid When Trying to Lose Weight

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1. French Fries & Potato Chips

Fried potato products are among the most craving-inducing snacks around. Something about that crisp, salty bite feels so good, and grabbing a handful of either is an easy way to fill up fast. But both of these foods are extremely high in calories and are linked to weight gain. In fact, one study even suggests that potato chips contribute more to weight gain, serving for serving, than any other individual food.

Unfortunately, roasted or fried potatoes are also likely to contain acrylamides, carcinogenic chemicals that significantly raise your cancer risk. You can still enjoy the taste of potatoes, though. The safest way to prepare them is boiling. If you must fry, blanch the potatoes first to remove up to half of the sugar, and stop when they reach a light golden brown. The darker the color, the more acrylamide is present.

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