10 Foods That Are Weight-Loss Enemies

Acai bowls are packed with fresh, bright fruit, but they can pack 500 to 800 calories, plus a few days' worth of sugar depending on what you add to them.

Acai Bowls

Tempura crunchies and sweet or mayo-based sauces also add a lot of calories to what would otherwise be a lean and protein-rich meal.


"Coconut oil wears a health halo and has become a go-to food in the wellness space," Harris-Pincus says. "Newsflash: Coconut oil has approximately 120 calories per tablespoon."

Coconut Oil

"For example, using sugar-free chocolate chips for baking may save a few calories but not a significant amount, so portion size is key," 

Sugar-Free Candy

Keto ice cream may be low carb, but it's super high in fat and calories—and it's often higher in calories than regular ice cream!

Keto Ice Cream

Gluten-free bread is often lauded as healthier than wheat bread. However, gluten-free bread is typically higher in calories and lower in fiber

Gluten-Free Ice Bread

Agave is just another fancy-sounding sugar. Except for very minor nutrient differences, it's no different than eating regular table sugar, so the calories are similar.


If wraps are your thing, make them at home using a low-calorie and low-carb wrap. Anywhere from 70-110 calories each is the sweet spot. Also, make sure the wraps are high in fiber


If you snack on "energy" bars on the regular, you may want to reevaluate this choice—especially since some contain enough calories to be a meal replacement versus a snack.

Energy Bars

Instead, opt for plain coffee or low-sugar coffee drinks. If you don't drink your coffee black, try slowly decreasing the amount of sugar in your cup.