Should you cut out certain foods from your diet?
If you're trying to lose weight or live a healthier lifestyle, should you cut out certain foods from your diet? No sugar? No processed foods? No fruit?
My opinion? No, you should not cut out any foods you enjoy because sustainable diets are actually lifestyles. My belief is all foods in moderation. That means I think you can still have a donut or an Oreo or bananas, but maybe not every single day or mass amounts in one sitting.
But won't those "bad" foods ruin my diet?! Well yeah if you eat all dozen donuts, the whole box of Oreos, or a million bananas! If you eat endless amounts of almost any food, even "healthy" foods, they will work against your weight loss and/or health goals! Specifically for weight loss, at the end of the day, if you're taking more calories in (from "good" or "bad" sources), you are not going to lose the pounds/body fat.
Thus, I believe in moderation. I'm okay with eating some "junk" food because I don't eat it in large quantities and I supplement my diet with plenty of micronutrient-dense food (like greens, veggies, etc). I also like to find "healthier" substitutes for foods like protein cheesecake or protein "ice cream". For me, it just isn't realistic to never eat sugar for the rest of my life to maintain my physique, so I chose to work WITH these foods by eating them in moderation and finding thier healthier alternatives.
Plus, if you force yourself to ignore your cravings, they will only get worse. Then, that one innocent bite of ice cream can turn into the whole quart because it just tastes so good and you've been craving it for sooo long!
The exception to this rule: I do believe you should cut out what I call "trigger" foods. Those are foods that cause you to downward spiral and you can't eat just one of. For me, cereal was always my trigger food. I'd have a bowl, then immediately crave another and couldn't stop thinking about that 2nd, 3rd, etc. bowl of cereal. Instead of trying to moderate cereal in my diet, I chose to completely cut it out because of this negative, spiral effect it had on me. Since then, my relationship with food (now I see it as fuel for long-term goals, as well as short-term satisfaction) I have re-introduced cereal into my diet. But back then, I needed to cut it out for my physical goals and mental health!
Moral of the story
Moderation is key for all things in life, even "junk" or "bad" foods. If you allow yourself to have these things in moderation, your diet will be more sustainable in the long run and you won't feel the need to eat ALL the Oreos. However, if you have certain "trigger" foods, do consider temporarily cutting them from your diet until you feel you have a stronger control over your body's reaction to that food.