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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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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
Dawn005 wrote:

The whole point of the story is that if you constantly deprive yourself, eventually you will give up on healthy eating, whereas occasionally allowing yourself a treat could lead to being able to stick to those healthier choices longer-term. I am finding that it really works. I have lost over 70 lbs so far and still losing, and it's by allowing myself an occasional controlled treat that I still feel motivated. So any of these choices can be good choices in the long run.

4/9/2012 10:46:11 AM Report Abuse
jeanniewhite11 wrote:

Well I hate to be the bearer of bad news but none of these are "good" choices. Of course, depriving yourself all the time will not help you stick to a healthy lifestyle change. I tell my clients that if you want a piece of cake eat a small slice just don't eat the whole cake. If you want dessert out with friends, get one dessert and share it with yours friends.

1/8/2012 07:49:08 AM Report Abuse

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