5 Surprisingly Fatty Dishes to Avoid (and 5 Alternatives)

Dishes full of saturated and trans fats can wreck your healthy diet. But there are alternatives that taste just as indulgent without derailing you from the healthy track.

5 Surprisingly Fatty Dishes to Avoid (and 5 Alternatives)

It happens to the best of us. We strive to eat as virtuously as possible, choosing nutrient-packed foods that support healthy inner workings (that’s for you, heart!) and promote a healthy weight. But then we’re perusing the nutritional information for our go-to lunch or snack and realize some of the food choices we made aren’t that healthy after all.

Here we take a look at a few common foods that may sound healthy, but aren’t, plus some better-for-you alternatives. But in general, when you dine out, heed the advice of Lauren Elkins, a Registered Dietician at Marina Del Rey Hospital in California: “Go heavy on the fresh vegetables with a lean protein. Clean eating is a deceptively simple concept. ” Elkins advises reading the nutrition labels and keeping your diet as clean as possible. Local farmers’ markets are a great place to pick up fresh vegetables and incorporate whole foods, she says.

When it comes to fat, the American Heart Association recommends that healthy people limit saturated fat intake to less than 7% of their daily calories (that’s 16g for a 2,000-calorie daily diet) and keep trans fat under 1%. The AHA says 25% to 35% percent of your daily calories should be from good fats, in foods like avocado, salmon, walnuts and plant-based oils (such as olive, canola and soybean).

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Bad Fat Bomb: Cobb Salad

We know, “salad” sounds like it should be good for you, but a Cobb salad is anything but. It’s packed with saturated fat, thanks to the generous helpings of bacon, eggs, and blue cheese, plus it’s high in sodium (bacon, again, plus the often-processed chicken or turkey used in many restaurant versions). And that doesn’t even count the creamy dressing. Some restaurant Cobbs clock in at more than 20 grams of fat, most of it saturated.

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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