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.



    Comment by William, April 19, 2012

    I am often surprised by how many people are simply uninformed about nutrition and how to burn excess body fat. I happen to enjoy all of the foods on this list. The thing that most people do not want to hear or accept is that regular exercise (30 – 60 minutes a day) is the key, along with a sensible diet, to getting and remaining fit and healthy. I know it’s not that easy, but you can make it a habit.

    Comment by Veronica, April 19, 2012

    I am so glad to read this blog because I have been eating this way for awhile now and I was wondering what the egg especially was doing to my cholesterol level. To hear you say that one a day is actually good for you puts my mind at ease. Thank you so much for taking the time to do the research for this and putting it together to post.

    Comment by Steve, April 19, 2012

    It’s interesting to me that I happen to enjoy all of the items on this list. As a matter of fact, eat steak quite often and I drink about one or sometime two cups of coffer almost every day. Recently, I have begun to replace one of those cups of coffee with that five hour energy focus drink (when needed). I don’t have a problem with any of these and neither will you if you exercise.

    Comment by Terry, April 20, 2012

    Thank you so much for clearing up some misconceptions about eggs and red meat. I eat these things all the time and I have been told by family and friends that I was putting myself in an early grave because of it but that isn’t so and you have given me the evidence to prove it to them. I am so tired of hearing how bad everything is for me. Like is Milk bad?

    Comment by Pam, April 20, 2012

    I eat nuts and cheese as my snacks during the day and everyone looks at me like I’m crazy to eat cheese like that. According to your article cheese is good for you especially if it is made with skim milk. Why does the health and food administration keep trying to tell people that Dairy is bad for you? Not only is it good for your weight but it gives you good bones and nails.

    Comment by Kevin, April 21, 2012

    Travis Stork, one of the hosts of the TV show, The Doctors, was presenting foods that are good for keeping your body fat levels down and eggs were one of the good foods because of their protein. I have never feared those myths about the low levels of cholesterol from the yolk of the egg because I learned from body builders many years ago that eggs (not just 1 a day) are great for fat burning.