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.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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