8 Foods to Avoid at All Costs

These foods pack on the pounds, zap energy, trigger inflammation and crowd out the more nutritious foods in your diet. Do your best to banish these unhealthy foods from your diet—or eat them on rare occasions only.

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Deep-Dish Pizza

The hallmark of deep-dish pizza is its thick, dense crust. Admittedly, it does taste great, but all that excess dough jacks up the calorie and carb count in your pie dramatically. Factor in the fattening, whole-milk cheese and greasy meat toppings like sausage, pepperoni, and bacon, and a two-slice serving could shock your system with about 1,300 calories and 24 grams of artery-clogging saturated fat (more than an entire day's allowance). The good news is, you don't have to swear off pizza completely: Order your pie with thin crust to cut out surplus starch, skip the meat toppers, and instead load on veggies like peppers, onions, mushrooms, and broccoli, which help fill you up and add a blast of nutrition. Follow these two simple guidelines and you can slim down your slice and enjoy it for less than 250 calories!

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