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By Nanki Ahluwalia . 23rd July 2018 02:00pm

If you want to reduce your weight and are on a diet, then you should know what to eat and how much to eat. A certain type of food can be healthy only when you consume it in a right amount. Have a look at the following food items, and know what you should eat and what not. [caption id="attachment_43452" align="alignnone" width="696"]oat cookies Source[/caption]

  • Oat cookies: Oats are a great source of complex carbohydrates but processed oat cookies destroy the structure of the grain. Plus, they are loaded with sugar and butter.
  • Chips: These salty snacks are loaded with calories and sodium. It can also cause weight gain. Instead, opt for healthier snacks like nuts and dried fruits.
  • Packaged juices: It’s best to eat fruits and vegetables in their original form for maximum health benefits. While that will offer you fibre, juices are devoid of fibre and loaded with sugar, which makes it unlikely to boost weight loss.
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  • Brown bread: Commercial brown bread available in the market has hidden sugar in it. Even its colour is a result of the sugar and colour content. Additionally, refined flour and yeast used in these breads dehydrates the body.
  • Iced coffee: Who doesn’t like having an iced coffee to stay awake and get a boost of energy? However, bear in mind that iced coffee has a high sugar and fat content as compared to ordinary coffee and is high in calories.
  • Low-fat snacks: While low-fat snacks may sound healthy, they contain lots of sugar and salt to give it flavour and help preserve it.
  • Salad: What’s more wholesome than a salad, right? But most salads that you eat outside have generous helpings of oil and mayonnaise dressing which makes it unhealthy.
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  • Protein bars: While protein bars sound healthy, they are processed and filled with artificial ingredients and sugar.
  • Soups from packets: It’s easy to make soups from packets as opposed to cooking from scratch. But most packaged soups contain excessive sodium, and a great deal of saturated fat.
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