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Why People's Salads Can Make Them Gain Weight Instead Of Losing It

First Posted: Dec 06, 2016 02:38 AM EST

Do you eat a lot of healthy foods that are less potential weight gainer but you still end up gaining instead of losing? Use these tips to clean up habits that may be keeping you from losing weight:

According to Today, one should avoid healthy fats. Nuts and avocados are good in diet. The average avocado contains a little over 200 calories. This healthy fat is great in moderation. You can consume a third or half of an avocado a day but do not eat beyond that.

Not to miss salad dressings made from oils (like one tablespoon of olive oil, one tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and a dash of sea salt), these should not be avoided. They are another source of healthy fats. Greens, nuts and seeds like chia seeds are good to integrate in your diet.

When you are in a hurry and feel like lazy preparing salads, then you go for the "to-go" container. Since it is just a carryout box and it just contains a "little" amount or less than what you consume normally, then you tend to crave for another food.

There are also times when people confuse hunger from thirst. When your body is thirsty, you may mistake it for hunger and then overeat. To fix this, drink a glass of water 15-20 minutes before eating to ensure you are properly hydrated before taking your first bite. Research shows increased hydration leads to weight loss, so drink your heart out!

Sipping too much alcohol. Speaking of drinking, opt for wine over beer or a mixed drink (which can have up to 300 calories). If you have sparkling water at home, then that is a good alternative from alcohols.

If you are at your computer desk, on the phone or watching movie or TV while eating, you are probably going to overeat. Mindless eating occurs when there is disconnection between your mind and body.

Losing weight means creating a calorie deficit, or eating fewer calories than you burn. Eating salads and other low-calorie foods can help you lose weight. Just pick filling ingredients for your food intake to make you less hungry and keep your salads low in calories.

As also quoted in Livestrong.com, you can combine salad and fruit with lean proteins and whole grains for greater health benefits. You can also try a serving of kale salad with a 3-ounce serving of grilled salmon and a half cup of brown rice or quinoa, or chop your apple into bite-size pieces and serve these on top of a portion of rolled oats or spelt flakes. Replace sweets with fruits and be engaged in taking whole wheat foods. Just be creative and take caution of your diet combination and you will get the results you want.

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