If you’re trying desperately to lose weight and are taking the salad route to achieve it, think again. All that you add into your salad might just be working against you, taking you away from your goal. True, salads contain all the nutrient and vitamins you need, but you could be stocking up on those ingredients that won’t help you with your weight loss.
Here are nine food items you should steer clear of when making up your salad:
Don’t ask for cheese in your salad, which though tasty and a rich source of calcium and protein, is rich in calories and saturated fat. A half cup of shredded cheddar contains a whopping 225 calories, so watch it.
Some ultra-lean types of turkey bacon are as dangerous to dieters as full-fat pork bacon. So, instead of adding on 157 calories for every half cup of turkey bacon, go in for ham instead and put on just 117 calories.
If you’re adding crispy noodles to your salad for an authentic Asian taste, you’re also packing in about 130 calories and 200 mg sodium for every half cup of noodles.
By eating just three ounces of skinless chicken breast, you put on 20 gm of lean protein. It increases when you eat it breaded and fried. Instead, you can eat chicken breast grilled and reduce your intake by 100 calories.
You might think that dried fruit are healthy too, more so in your salad, but if you choose dried cranberries, for instance, you’re adding 130 calories to your weight and 30 gm of carbs.
All your good intentions of trimming your weight will go down the drain if you add fried wontons, croutons or crispy sesame sticks to your salads. Being fried, they add a lot of fat. Ditch these and go in for soy nuts for a better crunch, pita chips, etc.
If you’ve been opting for pre-made dressings, you’re unknowingly adding on sugar, salt and fat to your diet. Instead, avoid fat-free dressings as they are high in sugar but go in for a little olive oil with vinegar or lemon juice.
Say a loud no to the tortilla bowl because that’s going to give you countless calories that will lead you astray from your weight loss goal.
Sure, that crispy chicken will enhance the taste of your salad, but its batter contains sugar and calories that will only add to your weight. Instead, go in for grilled chicken.
If you add carrots, sweet potatoes, corn and peas, though they may be rich in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, yet they are equally rich in sugar, so eat them in moderation.
Processed meats like salami, sausages, bacon and pepperoni are rich in sodium nitrites and salt, so they are harmful for your overall health, so stay miles away from them.
Your sincere efforts to lose weight by eating just a salad for lunch should be lauded. But if you add in ingredients that work against you, you’re never going to get rid of your weight. So, ditch all the above and eat healthy.