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Fitness trainer Rich Barretta believes in eating healthy, well-balanced meals but doesn't believe in trend or fad dieting. "Any diet out there that restricts you from either fats, proteins, carbs—one or all three—is generally not a good diet to be on," Rich says. "You want to find the delicate balance. You should focus more on a lifestyle based on what's reasonable and what you really need to do to get from point A to point B."

Rich takes a closer look at four foods to avoid in order to make a major difference in your body from a health and appearance standpoint.
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2. Avoid Processed Foods
Stay away from fast food and frozen meals, Rich says. Even though some frozen dinners may be low in calories—about 350 or less—the quality of the food is unhealthy, he says. "You're trying to get yourself healthy and looking good and feeling good, and you're pouring pure garbage into your body," Rich says. "You will lose weight, but that doesn't mean you're going to be very healthy and look better. You're just going to be a deconditioned, unhealthy person."
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3. Limit Alcohol
Try to reduce the amount of alcohol you're consuming and how frequently you're consuming it, Rich says. "If you have one or two glasses a week, that's not going to be the problem," Rich says. "But if you're drinking three or four nights a week, you have to really look at yourself and say, 'I'm putting a lot of alcohol, which is not healthy for me, and a lot of extra calories into my body late night.' And usually what happens is that you start drinking alcohol and you start to overeat. One problem leads to another."

However, having a glass of red wine is actually healthy, Rich says. "A glass of red wine as an antioxidant is good for you," he says.
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4. Avoid Fried Foods
Regardless of whether it's fried in trans fat, olive oil, peanut oil or canola oil, fried foods have a lot of saturated fat, Rich says. "Have it baked, have it grilled or have it broiled," he says.
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5. Avoid Eating Carbohydrates at Night
If you're eating carbohydrates, such as rice, potatoes, bread or cereal, at night, your body won't have enough time to metabolize the calories, Rich says. "It won't be carbohydrates when you wake up in the morning—it'll be fat in your hips and thighs or in your stomach," he says. 

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