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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.

Best & Worst

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!

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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

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