By Sabrina Rogers

If you're trying to lose those love handles, you've probably been avoiding cheesecake and fries. Although this is definitely a good start, there are many other foods out there that may seem "safe" when, in fact, they are actually very high in calories or fat. Don't be fooled; the following 12 foods are actually not as good for you as you may have thought.

You may notice that I recommended a few of them, such as popcorn and frozen yogurt, in my article on 20 Snacks Under 200 Calories. But the point here is that, since many foods come in high and low-fat versions, you really have to read the labels to ensure that you're choosing the right ones.

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No matter how health-conscious you are, you're always at risk of falling prey to bad foods in disguise. The best way to avoid them is to read food labels when you're grocery shopping.

When eating out, ask for any suspect sauces and toppings on the side and don't be afraid to ask the waiter about the ingredients and preparation of the various dishes. After all, it's your gut, not his ...

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