Monday, February 9, 2009

Foods You Should Never Give Up in the Name of a Diet

This is a list of foods I once thought were necessary to avoid for weight loss, and why I've learned that's not true.

Full-fat salad dressings
Vinaigrette dressings are better for you, but fat-free dressings are often made with high-fructose corn syrup and aren't as satiating. If you want bleu cheese dressing, have bleu cheese, especially if it's on a salad and not a platter of wings.

Bread
A girl cannot live on soups and salads alone. Bread, especially high-fiber, 100% whole wheat, is a necessary form of carbohydrate that the body craves.

Milk and cheese

Young women don't get enough calcium. And in a two-year study of women ages 18 to 31, researchers found that higher calcium intakes might reduce overall levels of body fat and slow weight gain for women in this age group. Women who consume calcium from dairy products, or who consume at least 1,000 milligrams per day, may reap the most benefits. So calcium supplements don't cut it. Also, women who consumed more than 1900 calories a day did not benefit.

Low-fat products are best. But let's face it, it's not practical to cut these treats out of our diets completely.




2 comments:

Stu said...

While there are tons of foods like these that shouldn't ever be replaced because of a diet, there are also many ways to take healthy alternatives to your usual foods. Here's a little guide for healthy dorm room snacks

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