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10 Best Junk Foods for Weight Loss

Eating these cookie, chip and pizza picks can make the scale tip in your favor.

When you think about dieting and weight loss, what are the first things that come to mind? We’re going to go out on a limb and say that images of pizza, candy and ice cream aren’t flashing through your head. If you want the scale to tip in your favor, you’ve got to stay disciplined—that means no sweet treats or indulgent goodies, right? Wrong! Although junk food should be consumed in moderation, it can also have a healthy place in any diet—if done right. In fact, indulging from time to time may actually help you shed those pesky pounds.

“For some people, eating their favorite ‘junk foods’ on occasion can help them reach and maintain their weight loss goals because it keeps them from feeling deprived or held back by a set of nutritional do's and don'ts,” says Cassie Bjork, RD, LD of Healthy Simple Life. “If indulging here and there keeps you balanced and happy, and doesn’t push you into a cycle of craving and addiction, then there’s no reason not to. Just be aware that going overboard means it may take a bit longer to hit your goal."

Ready to give in to your craving? Check out our top junk food picks for weight loss below. Losing weight has never tasted so good!

Best Sweet Cereal: Kellogg's Froot Loops

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Kellogg’s Froot Loops, 1 cup

Calories

110

Fat

1 g

Saturated Fat

0.5 g

Sodium

150 mg

Carbs

25 g

Fiber

3 g

Sugar

10 g

Best Sweet Cereal: Kellogg's Froot Loops

Froot Loops aren’t exactly a health food, but they actually have a similar fiber-to-sugar ratio as some “healthy” cereals, and far fewer calories.

Best Chip: Lay's Oven Baked

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Lay’s Oven Baked Original Potato Crisps, 18 chips

Calories

120

Fat

2 g

Saturated Fat

0 g

Sodium

135 mg

Carbs

23 g

Fiber

2 g

Sugar

2 g

Best Chip: Lay's Oven Baked

Baked chips don’t rely on oil to crisp up, which means they can get by with far less fat. Eat a one-ounce bag a week? Choose Lay’s Baked! instead of Ruffles Reduced Fat, and you’ll shed more than 2 pounds this year.

Best Chip Dip: Desert Pepper Black Bean Dip

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Desert Pepper Black Bean Dip Spicy, 2 Tbsp

Calories

25

Fat

0 g

Saturated Fat

0 g

Sodium

240 mg

Carbs

5 g

Fiber

2 g

Sugar

1 g

Best Chip Dip: Desert Pepper Black Bean Dip

Skip the chemical-laden gunk you typically dip your chips into and crack open a bottle of Desert Pepper. This jar contains a trio of nutritional A-listers: black beans, tomatoes and green bell peppers, and has a delicious taste, too.

Best Cookie: Newman's Own Newman-O’s

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Newman’s Own Newman-O’s Chocolate Crème Filled Chocolate, 2 cookies

Calories

130

Fat

5 g

Saturated Fat

2 g

Sodium

110 mg

Carbs

20 g

Fiber

less than 1 g

Sugar

11 g

Best Cookie: Newman's Own Newman-O’s

Whoever said cookies couldn’t be part of a weight loss plan was seriously mistaken. Compared to Oreo, Newman takes a moderate approach to oil and sugar—so go ahead, have your cake and eat it, too. Just make sure to avoid regular Oreos, they top our list of the 8 Most Addictive Foods in the World.

Best Chocolate Candy: Mars Pretzel M&M’s

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Mars Pretzel M&M’s, 1 bag (32 g)

Calories

150

Fat

4.5 g

Saturated Fat

3 g

Sodium

120 mg

Carbs

24 g

Fiber

1 g

Sugar

17 g

Best Chocolate Candy: Mars Pretzel M&M’s

This clever spin on M&M’s replaces the original milk chocolate core with a pretzel, which is low in calories by confectionary standards. As a result, you trade in a boatload of sugar for a satisfying cookie-like crunch.

Best Fruity Candy: Wrigley Life Savers Gummies

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Wrigley Life Savers Gummies, 10 pieces

Calories

130

Fat

0 g

Saturated Fat

0 g

Sodium

5 mg

Carbs

30 g

Fiber

0 g

Sugar

25 g

Best Fruity Candy: Wrigley Life Savers Gummies

Addicted to gummies and fruity candy chews? Skip the other picks on the shelf and opt for Life Savers Gummies. These sugar-filled chews aren’t a “health” food by any means, but they are free of the added oils found in some alternatives.

Best Pizza Snack: Ore-Ida Bagel Bites

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Ore-Ida Bagel Bites Cheese & Pepperoni, 4 pieces

Calories

200

Fat

6 g

Saturated Fat

2.5 g

Sodium

240 mg

Carbs

28 g

Fiber

2 g

Sugar

3 g

Best Pizza Snack: Ore-Ida Bagel Bites

With just 50 calories in each mini-bagel, it’s never been easier to nip a pizza craving in the bud—without downing a ton of calories.

Best French Fries: Ore-Ida Steak Fries

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Ore-Ida Steak Fries, 7 fries

Calories

110

Fat

3 g

Saturated Fat

0.5 g

Sodium

290 mg

Carbs

19 g

Fiber

2 g

Sugar

1 g

Best French Fries: Ore-Ida Steak Fries

A serving of these crispy spuds contains fewer than half the calories you’d find in the average medium order of fast-food fries. Prefer to have your fries from the drive thru? Use our indispensable guide to 7 Fast-Food Meals Under 350 Calories.

Best Ice Cream: Breyers Natural Vanilla

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Breyers Natural Vanilla, 1/2 cup

Calories

130

Fat

7 g

Saturated Fat

4 g

Sodium

35 mg

Carbs

14 g

Fiber

0 g

Sugar

14 g

Best Ice Cream: Breyers Natural Vanilla

Got a hankering for something cold and sweet? Sit down with a bowl of Breyers. It has fewer calories and less sugar than its competitors.

Best Frozen Treat: Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Chocolate Fudge Bar

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Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Chocolate Fudge Bar, 1 bar

Calories

100

Fat

0 g

Saturated Fat

0 g

Sodium

60 mg

Carbs

17 g

Fiber

1 g

Sugar

13 g

Best Frozen Treat: Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Chocolate Fudge Bar

A classy upgrade to the standard Fudgsicle, this frozen treat delivers seven grams of belly-filling protein.


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