Friday, January 04, 2008

Good news about bad foods

Happy 2008, gang!
I hope everyone had a fabulous holiday season. And if you made any new year's resolutions, I hope you're successfully sticking to them. My goal for '08 is to cut back on the caffeine (yes, I drink WAY too much coffee) and increase the exercising. Wish me luck.

Anyhoo, I found a great article that should generate at least a few smiley faces out there. According to CNN, you don't have to completely cut burgers, ice cream and pizza from the menu in your quest for a more svelte physique. Despite their less-than-positive reputations, some of these "bad" foods are actually good for the waistline!

Here's a quick recap:

1. Red meat is a great source of protein and can help reduce hunger and the likelihood of snacking later. A study of 100 women from Australian researchers found that overweight women who ate reduced-calorie diets rich in protein from red meat and dairy lost more weight than those whose reduced-calorie plans had little meat and more carbs. The key, though, is to buy lean ground beef and lower-fat cuts from the loin, such as sirloin tip, T-bone or strip steak.

2. A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that women who have at least one serving of full-fat dairy products a day gain less weight than women who don't. Why? Well, it's believed a compound in milk fat called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) may aid weight loss. So have a little cheese, ice cream or a glass of milk each day. In addition to the potential weight loss attributes, the calcium helps maintain strong bones.

3. Things are finally looking sunny-side up for eggs. Researchers say the protein in eggs increases satiety and decreases hunger, helping women eat fewer calories throughout the day. So scramble some eggs for breakfast or add a hard-boiled egg to your lunch menu. Just don't add lots of butter and oil.

4. Pizza doesn't have to be a deep-dish affair, smothered in cheese and swimming in sauce and oil (although that is dee-lish!). To make it more healthy, pick a whole-wheat crust, add some mozzarella and top it off with healthy veggies like peppers, artichokes, broccoli or grilled chicken. This should only cost you about 200 calories per slice.

5. A recent study shows that women who eat a diet rich in lean pork and other protein keep more lean body mass during weight loss than women who eat a low- calorie diet with little pork and other protein sources. With a third less fat than regular bacon, add Canadian bacon to your diet, mixing it into an omelette or slicing it up in a salad.

Hope that helps ease you into a new year of healthy, sugar-free, low-calorie eating!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to you too! Hope 2008 is off to a good start and good luck with your caffeine decreasing resolution.

What can you tell me about the dietary pros and cons of hummus? I've recently started making sandwiches with hummus, spinach, cucumber and cheese (on wheat bread) and hope that I'm being as healthy as I think I am.

Thanks for your wisdom!