Salads: Fun or Frustrating?

Corn salad bowl Each time I think about dieting I imagine stuffing myself with salads until I probably turn green. Or at least this is how I used to think. There was a time, when I wasn’t as ‘smart’ as I am now, when simply seeing raw vegetables made me sick immediately. I think you know that feeling. I mean you cannot go on eating the same things over and over again. And on top of all these I didn’t even loose weight. Imagine how frustrating it was!

At that moment I decided it was time to do a little bit of research to see what went wrong. I am going to share my findings with you, so you don’t make the same mistakes as I did:

  1. Watch out for the dressing! Even if you have ‘just a salad’ you should know that those that you can find in most fast foods have dressings that are mainly made of mayonnaise. Of course that they taste great, but they are really rich in bad fats and will pump up your cholesterol level to the ceiling. Go for the low fat ones! Many of them taste exactly the same and are really low in calories. Another healthier solution is to add one spoon of virgin oil.
  2. Don’t overdo it! Eating a pile of greens may help your vitamin intake, but it surely won’t help your hunger. Make sure that you add other raw vegetables that are also rich in vitamins and other essential nutrients. This way you will feel full and you won’t ravish the fridge a few minutes later.
  3. Don’t have the same salad everyday! You will get bored and begin to hate them. There are many greens and vegetables you could mix together. With a little bit of imagination you can practically have a different one each day of the week. Have fun being your own chef!
  4. Don’t ruin your salad! The dressing is not the only thing that can turn a salad into a high calories meal. Adding bacon, salami, ham, fat cheese or other stuff is going to turn your meal into a calorie bomb. Instead of those go with lower fat cheese, or lean meat like chicken and turkey. If you want something crunchy add some pistachios or almonds.
  5. Have the salad as a main course or before it! Nutritionists say that eating a green salad before the main course will reduce your hunger. This way you won’t feel the need to eat too much.

In conclusion don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are eating healthy simply because you are having a salad. You may get disappointed and frustrated when you see that even if you didn’t have that piece of cake you were craving for your weight is still high.



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