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How to Cheat Without Wrecking Your Diet

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Salt Cravings

Potato Chips vs. Pita Chips

Best Bet: Pita chips
When you're dying for something salty and crunchy, potato chips are the first thing that come to mind. But a single ounce (that's just 12 chips!) has 160 calories and 10 grams of fat. Add onion dip and your snack jumps to 212 calories and 15 grams of fat. Instead, slice a four-inch pita into wedges, brush lightly with olive oil and sprinkle judiciously with salt, then crisp in a toaster oven. Add hummus, and you'll take in just 167 calories and 7 grams of fat while adding 3 grams of hunger-taming fiber.

Whopper vs. Big Mac

Best Bet: Big Mac
Neither is a low-cal option, but when you're surrounded by nothing but drive-throughs, you're better off turning in to a McDonald's. A Big Mac has 560 calories and 30 grams of fat; a Whopper packs 700 calories and 42 fat grams.

Prime Rib vs. Sirloin

Best Bet: Sirloin
This cut is known for being exceptionally lean and tender, says Mary Young, RD, executive director of nutrition for the National Cattleman's Beef Association. Plus, it's more flavorful than other lean cuts, such as tenderloin or top round. Three ounces of sirloin has just 156 calories and 5 grams of fat. A similar serving of prime rib has 250 calories and nearly 18 grams of fat. If you still feel a twinge of guilt over not ordering the wild-caught salmon, remember: Red meat is a good source of protein, vitamin B12, niacin, zinc, and iron.

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9/17/2014 02:56:32 PM Report Abuse
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5/23/2014 06:37:44 PM Report Abuse
sunflowersince1999 wrote:

Yes, but what other salty foods are there that do not contain so many calories? I need to know!!

12/29/2013 03:51:19 AM Report Abuse
jessicathraen wrote:

447 calories in 3 slices of french toast? SOMEBODY needs to check out Hungry Girl...

11/20/2013 12:17:05 PM Report Abuse
dbattle2929 wrote:

I always thought by eating unhealthy treats while on a diet was a horrible thing to do and I found myself feeling guilty for doing it. But as mentioned, by depriving myself I craved the unhealthy treats even more and I eventually diverted from the healthy path. I currently have been awaken by a new found motivation and readiness of my body, mind, and spirit. I'm going to incorporate this in to my goal.

5/9/2013 08:20:14 PM Report Abuse

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