Obviously, protein is very important. It helps your body produce and repair skin, blood, cartilage, bones, and muscles. That’s pretty much your whole body, folks! And while everyone should be consuming about 40-50 grams of protein a day, it’s important to know where your protein is coming from.

Because there are some protein sources out there that bring with them too many hidden problems. So if you’re trying to lose weight, you need to be very careful with where you get your protein from. Because many sources of protein will only hurt your chances of losing weight. So you’re definitely going to want to avoid these protein sources when attempting to lose weight.

PROCESSED MEATS

Duh. Come on, people. If we really have to tell you at this point that sausage and hot dogs and deli meats are bad for you then we just don’t know what to do with you. These meats are loaded with sodium, and sodium will make you dehydrated and will make you eat more than you should.

Not to mention they have all kinds of preservatives and flavorings added to them to make them last on the shelves longer, so they’re full of dangerous sugar, too. Just avoid processed meats at all costs, OK? OK.

MOST PEANUT BUTTERS

Trust me, I’m as angry as you are. Not peanut butter! Anything but peanut butter! But the reality is, most store-bought peanut butter contains dangerous levels of hydrogenated oils, sugar, and corn syrup solids. So while peanut butter is one of the more protein-heavy foods out there, you have to be careful and check the ingredients. The fewer ingredients the better.

SUGAR-HEAVY YOGURTS

Yogurt can be a great breakfast option or mid-day snack. And while many of them advertise themselves as “low fat” or “non-fat,” they often have at least 20 grams of sugar, only 5 grams shy of your recommended daily amount. And that sugar can quickly add up and hurt your weight loss goal. So make sure you check the nutritional facts and stick to low-sugar yogurts.

PROTEIN BARS

This might make some of you nervous, as protein bars are very popular among the gym rats out there. They can be a convenient source of protein for people on the go, constantly running back and forth between work and the gym. But, unfortunately, many of these protein bars are packed with high-fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, artificial sweeteners, food coloring, and sugar alcohols.

Doesn’t sound all that healthy now does it?! That’s because it’s not. Sorry, folks. Stay away from these bars if you’re trying to lose weight.

FRIED MEATS

Surprise, surprise! Fried chicken isn’t going to help you lose weight. Trust me, I know how delicious fried meats are, and they are technically a great source of protein, but they can be a nightmare when it comes to blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Not to mention the calories. And when we’re trying to lose weight, calories are not our friend!

So try to stick to grilled, baked, or stir-fried meats. You can still get all that important protein without the added calories and cholesterol.

FARMED SALMON

Salmon is practically a wonder food. It’s one of the healthier foods out there thanks to high levels of protein, omega-3 fats and, oh yeah, by the way, it’s usually delicious! But because of its popularity, a lot of salmon available in stores today has often been “farmed”. So, just like a lot of the beef out there today, this salmon has been juiced with various chemicals to make it easier to produce and last longer.

Obviously, this is terrible for you and should be avoided. More often than not it can lead to you taking in too much saturated fat. So just make sure you know where you salmon is coming from. Wild-caught is where it’s at, folks.