Please, please, please don’t put yourself on a “diet” so that you can lose weight. That concept is a shell game created to suck people into a perpetual cycle of gain-loss-gain-loss. The medical industry and the nutrition industry have lots of products to sell, almost none of which will help you eat a healthier mix of foods, which really is what you must do. This list, from Kris Gunnars and colleagues at Authority Nutrition is excellent, even if it is in an article about weight loss. If you manage the foods on this list (eat them infrequently and in small quantities), you will be putting yourself on a very positive pathway. It’ll take time, will, planning, and perseverance, but this is an excellent kick starter for the long-term goal of just eating well. Do that and some weight loss may well follow. Even if it doesn’t, you’ll likely be eating in a way that supports your fitness and athletic pursuits. You’ll feel better. You’ll look better. People will notice the difference.

Bottom Line: Added sugar is one of the unhealthiest ingredients in the modern diet. Many products, such as low-fat and fat-free foods, seem healthy but are loaded with sugar.