There is a successful approach for weight loss that I am sure you are familiar with: Plenty of fresh fruit and fresh vegetables, plenty of protein, plenty of water. And don’t forget about exercise!
There is of course more to it than this, but the sequence above is a pretty good start. Eat better, eat smarter, watch those calories, and exercise. If you incorporate these changes into your lifestyle, your health will improve and some pounds will be shed.
What you need to be careful of are those suggestions that seem reasonable and have become broadly accepted as healthy eating in the world of dieting. The problem is that some of these foods are not as good for the dieter as is supposed.
Chicken Caesar Salad
It sounds healthy given that chicken and salad are in close company in the title. However, the fact is that Caesar salads are a coupling of fatty dressing and parmesan cheese. A dinner-sized portion rolls in at about 900 calories and 60 grams of fat, while the side salad portion is about four hundred calories. Try a grilled chicken breast along with mixed greens tossed with a balsamic vinaigrette.
Turkey Burgers and Turkey Franks
Turkey is another favored food among dieters, as well it should be, but turkey burgers are not necessarily what they are cracked up to be. It is a "proceed with caution" food type.
Not all turkey burgers are low in fat and calories. Some are actually made from dark meat and turkey skin which adds saturated fat and calories. Some are made from all dark meat and whole muscle pieces that can push the fat content up to 17%. When choosing turkey burgers, look for a ground turkey that is at least 95% lean and has less than four grams of saturated fat.
Turkey dogs are also a buyer beware food stuff. Although many advertise less fat on the label, a check of the ingredients will let the buyer know that even less fat still leaves plenty of fat.
Non-fat yogurt is made from non-fat milk that is high in milk sugar. There also are natural and artificial flavors in the mix, as well preservatives, coloring, and artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, acesulfame K, and sucralose. While there is no natural fat, there are generous portions of suger starch and sweeteners in non-fat yogurt.
Although they are a favorite among snacks, granola bars use high fructose syrup which raises blood sugar and cancels the benefits of the oats. Most granola bars also contain ingredients like caramel, chocolate, amd marshmallows. In addition, they can be highly processed and contain artificial ingredients while having very little fiber. What we have left is a snack that is heavy in fat and sugar and low in nutritional value.
Before purchasing a granola bar, read the label carefully and check for dietary fiber, fats and sugars, and artificial flavors and colorings.
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Published On: January 19, 2014