IT’S POSSIBLE TO THINK THAT BECAUSE A FOOD IS ‘HEALTHY’, NOT HIGHLY PROCESSED, AND FULL OF NUTRIENTS THAT IT CAN BE EATEN WITHOUT MUCH THOUGHT ABOUT PORTION CONTROL. Julia Malacoff, in an item posted on the MyFitnessPal.com blog, reminds us of delicious items that make for wonderful snacks, especially when consumed every so often, in relatively small amounts. She warns dieters who are striving to lose weight, that certain unmindful indulgences could sabotage their efforts.
In “8 Healthy Whole Foods That Could Slow Weight Loss” Malacoff has built a list containing some foods that shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s enjoyed them (high-in-fat oils, nuts, and nut butters), and others that taste so great we’ve suspected they might make it onto such a list (high-in-sugar smoothies). But to find whole wheat baked goods, granola, and trail mixes (protein bars should be in the same group, I think) included might be eye-opening.
Malacoff explains that all the foods she has identified in her article are calorie-dense and for this reason, unless consumed in small quantities, can sneak too many healthy calories into a meal plan.
It will take less than a minute to scroll down through the full piece and a few more minutes to back up and read each short explanation. But potentially, it’s time well spent if doing so raises awareness that these scrumptious foods must be eaten with attention paid to the small sizes that constitute a single serving. Many are measured only in tablespoons.
Filling a snack baggie, gulping a large cup, or making multiple passes at a guacamole bowl without careful consideration isn’t a smart approach with these foods it seems.
Earned Runs does not focus on weight loss, but the flip side of taking fat off is putting it on. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is a take home message we can find in this article whether weight maintenance or reduction is a goal. Savor these foods, but do so mindfully
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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