In high school, I started cutting out unhealthy foods in order to lose weight. I was never great at dieting, but slowly cutting out certain foods seemed to work really well for me.
1. Fast Food
It all started when one of my teachers in high school made the class watch "Super Size Me", a documentary where a dude decides to eat nothing but McDonald's food for 30 days straight. Let's just say, my perspective on fast food was changed forever. Now, I can't help but think greasy burgers, milkshakes that aren't made from real milk, thousand-calorie salads are so not worth it. Honestly, just looking at the calorie lists for each menu item is enough to stop me from ordering, no matter how good I remember that Five Guys chocolate milkshake tasted.
2. Soda and Juice
I've never been a huge soda drinker, so this was easy to cut from my diet. I think I was always turned off by the idea that Diet Coke is worse for you than regular Coke is. It made me question all soda, to be honest. Anyway, switching out these sugary drinks can save you a ton of calories as well as decreasing your daily sugar intake. Drinking more water is better for you, and will actually hydrate you, unlike soda, since the sugar just makes you more thirsty. Aside from water, I opt for unsweetened iced tea (hibiscus is my favorite flavor) or chocolate flavored soy milk (I really can't resist!). I also love smoothies, but you have to be careful where you're getting them, because some smoothies and juices come loaded with extra sugar as well.
All potato products. French fries, potato chips, hash browns, everything. Honestly, this probably helped me out the most when it came to weight loss. Potatoes are loaded with carbs, and most potato products are salty af. It's hard passing them up when they come with your sandwiches and burgers, but if there's an ever an option to substitute your fries for fruit or a salad, get into the habit of that. If you're craving something salty, put down the bag of potato chips and pick up a bag of pretzels instead, or even a handful of nuts.
This is something I decided to cut out my sophomore year in college, a year after I actually became a coffee-drinker. The reason I chose to stop drinking coffee was because 1) I had gotten into the habit of drinking coffee every day, and 2) It started to become an expensive habit. When I stopped to think about it, I realized I'd been spending at least $5 every day on coffee, and I didn't even want to imagine the calories that were racking up along with the money. Now, don't get me wrong, black coffee is actually good for you in appropriate amounts, and it doesn't have a ton of calories. But if you're anything like me, and you put a ton of sugar and milk in your peppermint mocha, it is definitely not the healthiest choice.