Whenever a group of people get together, the conversation at one point will turn to the topic of losing weight. Many of my blogs have discussed diets, fast foods and good and bad choices for eating. Losing weight is never easy any more with all the choices of foods available around the world. Fast food does play a part in the population gaining weight. There are many health foods that seem like a good idea just not for your waistline. For example, people pack snacks to bring with them to work or just on a day when they are doing a variety of errands. The dried fruit as it is easy and doesn’t require refrigeration seems ideal. However, that amount sugar they contain can destroy your goal of losing weight. There are pros and cons about whole milk vs. skim or low fat. Think carefully as my thought has always been what do they have to do to the milk to lower the fat? Is it really healthy? If you are a milk drinker, reduce the amount you consume and choose a different beverage that will help you achieve weight loss. There are again the theories that white bread is bad for you. In the past, I have pointed out that the differences in white and whole wheat aren’t really significant. Also, anyone who knows their blood type, will need to consider if they can tolerate the wheat. The nuts battle continues to rage on when counting calories. However, a small amount vs. a candy bar or cheeseburger needs to be considered. The important factor in eating nuts is that they contain omega-3 fatty acids and proteins not to mention fiber. There can never be enough said about avoiding soda and the diet variety as well. It’s all empty calories. There are a number of foods to avoid when trying to lose weight, but again fat free isn’t one of them. The foods have higher sugar, sodium and artificial sweeteners just to make them taste good. Not the best of idea. Losing weight is not always easy but remember exercise can make a difference. In the Good Gus series there was no fast food, artificial sweeteners, and many of the “healthy foods” we have today so losing weight was not an issue for the citizens of Pecos. The series is available on Kindle worldwide. If you are trying to lose weight, bring your tablet to the treadmill so you can read “Misplaced Trust” which is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.