Eating a salad is considered to be the best weight loss diet. Salads are very healthy and eating salads are kind of like going to the gym. You feel better about yourself after eating salads. But the biggest challenge is choosing the right ingredients for your salads.
How Your Salads Are Making You Fat And How You Can Make Your Salads A Good Weight Loss Diet
YOU ADD MORE DRY FRUITS
Dried fruits are used to add texture and fiber to a salad, but in many cases, it might as well be candy. Dried fruits are loaded with sugar and just a quarter cup of them can have as much as 29 grams of sugar. And everybody knows that sugar is NOT a good Weight Loss Diet.
TODO: Check ingredient lists on dried fruits for sugar and its aliases, or go for a small portion of fresh fruit instead.
YOU ADD MORE DRESSING
We have seen many healthy salads died by dressing drowning. A little fat is good but average 2-tablespoon serving packs way more fat than that, about 12 grams, and 120 calories.
TODO: Always ask for olive-oil based vinaigrette on the side when dining out, and measure a scant tablespoon for your greens.
YOU FRY YOUR PROTEIN
It is a bad idea to add lean, filling protein to your weight loss diet. But while a 4-ounce serving of skinless chicken breast provides more than 20 grams of protein and less than 5 grams of fat, the same portion, breaded, packs a whopping 17 grams of fat, mostly saturated.
TODO: Go for grilled chicken and not for burgers and fast food items for protein. Low-fat cottage cheese or a hard-boiled egg can be great protein sources as well.
YOU ADD MORE CHEESE
Cheese can add creamy, salty bite to a bowl of salads, plus calcium and protein to boot. But due to its full-fat varieties, cheese is not a good Weight Loss Diet. A standard serving of cheese, at about 1.5 ounces, is roughly the size of a pair of dice and will add about 150 calories and 15 grams of fat to your salad.
TODO: Stick to an ounce or less of the stinkiest cheese you can handle. Although higher in fat, strong varieties like goat cheese and blue cheese will pack more of a flavor punch than, say, pizza cheese, which means you need less.
YOU ADD MORE CROUTONS
Croutons are an easy way to add empty calories to your veggie plate. Just six little cubes pack about 30 calories and 75 milligrams of sodium. And who has just six? More like 16, which would set you back some 80 calories and 200 milligrams of sodium.
TODO: If you’re serious about adding crunch to your salad, and don’t mind a bit of a calorie bump, opt for a scant spoonful of flaked almonds or sunflower seeds.