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Mike Furci's Banned Foods

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The following is a list of foods that, for the most part, should be off limits. If you want to get lean see your abs or if you just want to cut some weight and improve your health, stay away from these foods. The typical diet ends in failure 95% of the time. Sure, you can go to a place like Jenny Craig and lose weight on a calorie-restricted diet “eating your favorite foods,” but it won’t work for the long haul. Two of the main reasons for the failure of these diets is shear hunger and not establishing good eating habits. Eating the right foods in the right amounts without starving yourself will help to ensure long-term success.


All refined sugar. If needed, use artificial sweeteners -- preferably Splenda (sucralose).

All refined products such as cookies, cakes, pie etc.

Sweetened cereals. Use Cheerios, oat meal, Fiber one.

Potatoes without a serving of protein. Try sweet potatoes.

White rice. Use whole grain rice.

White bread. Use whole grain with at least 3 grams of fiber per slice.

White pasta. Try whole grain pasta or low carb varieties.

All juice or other sweetened beverages. As with all carbs, eat whole fruit sparingly
(It takes 8 apples to make an 8 oz. glass of apple juice.)


Any processed meat that contains man-made ingredients and chemicals: bologna, salami, bratwurst, knockwurst, hot dogs (beef or pork), pork sausage, spare ribs, chicken nuggets.

Bratwurst, sausage, knockwurst, goose and duck liver can be a good part of your diet if made with natural ingredients on a lower carb diet.


Avoid all foods that contain trans fat.

Strictly reduce polyunsaturated fats from vegetable oils.

Also be aware of products like ketchup, barbecue sauces and salad dressings. Use them sparingly because they are loaded with one or more types of sugar, usually fructose. Especially watch out for fat free salad dressings. Use the salad dressing packets and only use extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Remember: FAT FREE does not mean FAT FREE on you.

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