not so “bad” foods
Posted by Betsy, 05/04/2012
Foods really aren’t that bad. It’s the portions and how often you have them that are bad. When you are dieting it seems like you run into “bad” foods all the time. So many foods that have gotten an ill reputation are not that terrible at all. Some of these foods can actually help you stay on track and lose weight.
Eggs have been on both sides of the fence with experts. The latest research shows that an egg a day is safe and nutritious for most adults. It is also recommended for weight loss. Having an egg in the morning can keep you full until lunch time and helps you stave off the hunger pangs. This in turn will prevent you from hitting the vending machine. Eggs are high in protein which promotes satiety.
Red meat has always scored low on the healthy food list. However, a lean cut of red meat has similar amounts of saturated fat as a skinless, white meat of poultry. Steak is also very high in protein and can keep you full longer. Choose 3 to 4 ounces of tenderloin, sirloin and extra lean cut meats to get the maximum benefit and lay off the butter.
Just like steak, pork also has a bad reputation. In today’s market are 31 percent leaner when compared to 20 years ago, which makes it a good choice of lean meat.
Pasta is considered a big no-no when you are dieting. But instead of cutting out the pasta altogether, switch to whole wheat pasta and carefully watch your portions with it. Whole grains help you get full faster and helps burn the belly fat. Having some pasta will also remove that feeling of deprivation.
Nuts are high in fat, but the good kind, the kind that lower your cholesterol levels and improve heart health. Snacking on nuts will keep you satisfied and prevent you from reaching into the jar of candy bar. Small amount of nuts will control your hunger without derailing you from your track.
Studies have shown that getting more calcium will burn more fat and cheese is a good source of calcium. Choose part skim cheese or low fat yogurt to get the benefits of calcium without racking up the calories.
Coffee is only bad when you drink too much of it with cream, sugar or flavored syrups. If you are a plain, black coffee drinker, you will most likely get a boost without any calories. Add skim milk to it for added calcium and extra protein.
“Bad” foods versus good portions
Any food can be a part of your diet, as long as you watch the portion size and take it into your calorie count daily. Make small allowances for yourself so that you can stick with it long term without getting burnt out. Limit the quantity of your favorite treat – like only one chocolate bar a week and no more. Save it for the end of the week so you won’t accidentally have two.