When we hear stories about people who have successfully lost weight and kept it off for years, the key to their slimming success is rarely the result of trading in whole, natural foods for something they bought in a box. However, with so many foods on the market that claim to be able to get us into the killer shape we've always wanted, it's often difficult to separate fact from fiction when it comes to what's actually good for us versus what's simply lower in fat, sugar, or calories.
In fact, many of the foods commonly touted as being diet-friendly alternatives to your usual meals are actually doing more harm than good in the long run. While they may shave a few calories off your daily total, the damage they're doing to your diet and overall health simply isn't worth it in the long run. We're not just talking about slimmed-down versions of your favorite unhealthy treats, either—in many cases, foods that seem perfectly healthy at first glance are actually sneaky diet saboteurs. Before you take another bite, make sure you're familiar with these 25 "health" foods that are actually terrible for you. And when you want to make every meal healthier and easier to prepare, load up on these 42 Essential Kitchen Tools for Weight Loss.