Woman loses 155 pounds by cutting out these four foods

While Australian Casey Gemmell had never been a “tiny” girl, she never thought she was “THAT big,” according to a post in her inspirational Facebook group. But at her heaviest, the mother of two weighed 349 pounds. After she saw photos of herself from her young son’s birthday party, she knew she needed to make changes in regard to weight loss. Stuck in a weight-loss rut? These 5 habits could be hurting your progress.

As anyone who has decided to lose weight knows, exercise is very important. Gemmell began running three times a week and then added a Zumba class into her weekly regimen. However, even after those changes she still felt “yuk.” She knew she had to make changes to her diet in order to truly get healthy, so she cut out the following four foods.

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Cheese

The problem with most cheeses is that the average one is made of up of 70 percent fat, and not the good kind of fats either like olives, avocados and walnuts. (Psst! This rosemary walnut recipe is the perfect heathy snack!) Cheese is actually considered a “bad” fat, or more appropriately, saturated fat. The problem with saturated fats is that they cause cholesterol to build up in your blood stream and may cause heart disease.

Some cheeses, however, are lower in saturated fats, making them the go-to choice if you simply can’t cut out the food completely. Feta, ricotta, Parmesan and mozzarella are a few that are often allowed, and even encouraged (in moderation), in most diets. Our top 25 Mediterranean-inspired recipes put those good cheeses to work.

Pasta

Carbohydrates—we love them, but we hate what they can do to us. Carbohydrates, but especially refined grains (as opposed to whole grains), have been shown to cause an increased risk of heart disease, weight gain, LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol, blood cholesterol, and more. If you choose to eat pasta, try these better-for-you pasta recipes.

Bread

Much like pasta, bread is full of carbs, which may cause many of the undesired effects mentioned above. Unfortunately, refining grains removes the healthful germ and bran, causing a higher calorie food that leaves you feeling hungry faster. (A vicious little cycle, that one.) Though many people, including Gemmell, choose to cut out the food completely, moderation is key. This multigrain bread recipe is a better alternative to plain white bread if you’re not quite ready to say goodbye to bread. Try more low-carb recipes, here.

Soda

There are a number of reasons why soft drinks are bad for your health, which is why you will not find a diet that condones them. In regard to weight loss, non-diet soft drinks have a huge amount of sugar in them which can cause obesity, insulin resistance, heart disease and diabetes. Because water is the absolute best for your body, try these infused water recipes to add a flavor pop to your water.

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“I was literally shrinking before my own eyes…,” said Gemmell, who’s still on her weight loss journey. She has recently started a GoFundMe page to help raise money for post-weight loss surgery.

RELATED: Best and worst cheeses for you 

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WORST: Parmesan

The Italian cheese is filled with calories and sodium. While people tend to use it sparingly -- grating it on top of a pasta dish here and there -- an ounce of Parmesan contains 1/3 of your daily sodium allowance. 

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BEST: Feta

The beloved salad topper has fewer calories than other cheeses, only 75 calories per ounce, so it’s a good choice for those trying to eat healthy. The Greek cheese is also rich in flavor, so a little goes a long way!

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WORST: Blue Cheese

The spotted blue cheese has 8 grams of fat and 100 calories, per one-ounce serving -- making it one of the worst you can eat.

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BEST: Cottage Cheese

The healthy cheese is a go-to for dieters everywhere. The neutral taste is also a plus, meaning you can top it with something sweet or savory. It’s rich in protein, which helps keep you full, and low in fat and calories. A 1/2 cup of low-fat cottage cheese contains only 81 calories and 1 gram of fat, with 14 grams of protein.

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WORST: Cream Cheese

Out of all the soft, white cheeses on the market, cream cheese is the unhealthiest. The cheese most commonly used on bagels has almost 10 grams of fat and 99 calories per ounce.

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BEST: Mozzarella

While mozzarella often gets a bad rap because of it's association with pizza, the cheese is a good source of protein. Mozzarella sticks (not the fried alternative) are a quick and easy snack for when you're on the go.

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WORST: Gruyere 

The hard yellow cheese, named after the town of Gruyères in Switzerland, contains a whopping 117 calories and just over 9 grams of fat per ounce.

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BEST: Swiss

Unlike Gruyere, you can reap a bunch major health benefits from a little amount of Swiss -- just two slices alone contain 44 percent of your daily calcium intake, and 15 grams of protein. 

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WORST: Fontina

The Italian cow's milk cheese has a whopping 110 calories and almost 9 grams of fat per 1-ounce serving. The cheese is quite pungent in flavor. The Swedish and Danish versions are often found in US grocery stores, and can be distinguished from Aostan Fontina by their red wax rind.

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BEST: Ricotta

The cheese most commonly used in Italian cuisine contains 14 grams of protein and 25 percent of your daily calcium needs in a half-cup serving. It’s also low in sodium and high in phosphorus, B vitamins, vitamin A, and zinc.

WORST: American

There's definitely something about American singles that probably gets you nostalgic about your childhood. However, it's not doing your health any favors -- it's made up of mostly processed ingredients, including food dyes that give it an unnatural yellow-orange color.

BEST: Cheddar

The light taste of cheddar makes for a lower-calorie, versatile cheese that goes well with many meals.

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