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Lots of people think pasta is healthy — not so. So sorry, friends! All pasta is made from dough which is processed, no matter what. That makes it a simple carb, one of the most important things to stay away from if you are trying to lean out. Whole grain — notice I didn’t say whole wheat — versions are healthier than their processed friends and can fall into the heart-healthy grain category. The biggest problem with pasta is usually the serving size. It is supposed to be 1/4-1/2 cup. This is a very small amount of pasta and NOT nearly enough for most people to feel satisfied with. Most people seriously underestimate the amount of pasta that they eat at any one time. The only way to be sure is to measure it out!

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8. Cereal

Cereal manufacturers would like you to believe their advertising. They would like you to believe that enriching their cereal with a lot of vitamins makes it a good choice. But the bioavailability of all those added nutrients is a big question mark. In addition, most cereals have way too much added sugar and preservatives, and very few are made with intact whole grains. Whole wheat is not the same as whole grain. Add to that the fact that again, portion sizes listed on the package are small, and most people eat at least twice the "serving size" on the package. The bottom line is if you are trying to lose weight, you need to eat lean protein, especially in the morning! Eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese, and uncured meats are the choices that will help you get leaner.

9. Booze

Yep, you knew it was coming… The science is simple, according to Shapefit: Pure alcohol contains about 7 calories per gram, which makes it nearly twice as fattening as carbohydrates or protein (both contain about 4 calories per gram), and only just under the caloric value for fat (9 calories per gram). This means that if you want to lose weight and reduce excess body fat, alcohol is not a good choice. It also contains no nutrients — hence the saying "empty calories," which means your body is getting nothing from those alcohol calories to work with. Too much booze also softens our inhibitions, so we eat foods we would normally be able to say no to — yikes! This doesn’t mean that you can’t ever drink, but when you do, keep it to one or two drinks and have your healthy food plan ready. Wine is a better choice than beer or hard alcohol. Mixed drinks, with the exception of those mixed with club soda, are the worst!

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