You might be surprised which fattening foods make this obesity food list. Some of them might seem like healthy, comfort food, but too much can do your body more harm than good. Below is a list of foods to avoid, limit, or altogether replace for healthy weight management and to improve your eating habits.
1. Macaroni and Cheese
This favorite comfort food is an all-time favorite of kids and adults, but it is loaded with calories and fat. If you just have to have it, skip the restaurant version and cook a healthier version at home using low-fat cheese and fat free milk. Add nutrients and vitamins with steamed vegetables tossed in.
2. Chili with Meat, Cheese, and Sour Cream
The beans and veggies in chili are good for you, but too much ground beef, cheese, and sour cream can add pounds you would never suspect. Again, skip the restaurant version. Restaurants are known for turning healthy recipes for potentially nourishing foods like chili into obesity recipes. And their food portions are often too huge for most adults-even when they are shared. But you don’t have to give up chili for good. Cook up a healthy version at home using a variety of vegetables (onions, peppers, tomatoes, etc) and beans, with a small portion of lean meat. Sprinkle it with low-fat cheese, and substitute plain yogurt for the sour cream.
3. Pot Pies
These tasteful and comforting pies can seem nourishing because they are filled with vegetables and turkey or chicken. But beware of excess fat and calories in the crust and gravy. If you have a particular food addiction for chicken pot pies, bake one at home using low-fat cream of chicken soup as the filler, and replace the crust on top with low-fat biscuits. Load it up with veggies and boiled or baked chicken before baking.
You might think you’re sticking with your diet by ordering a salad, but some salads are more fattening than the average burger. It’s the high-calorie salad dressings, cheese, and croutons that will get you. Even worse culprits are bacon and olives, or other high-fat condiments disguised as diet food when they top salads. To make a healthy salad, use low-fat salad dressing, and skip the cheese, croutons, bacon, olives, etc. Choose your favorite fresh vegetables, and savor their flavor!
5. Creamy Soups
It might seem healthy to indulge in a healthy bowl of potato or broccoli cheese soup. But the cheese and cream in soups can transform them from healthy to fattening. If you need to manage your weight, choose broth and vegetable soups, instead.
6. Alcoholic Beverages
It’s easy to forget about the drinks when we are counting calories. But alcohol counts because it is loaded with calories. While the term “beer belly” exists for a reason, cocktails can be even worse. Wine spritzers are a better choice. Or better yet, drink tea. You’ll feel better in the morning.
7. Potato Salad
Potatoes are healthy, but the ingredients they are packed in are not. To keep potato salad healthy, mix in low-fat, plain yogurt or light sour cream. Or replace the mayo mix with vinegar and oil. Get more flavor and crunch with from added veggies such as peppers, onions, and celery. Then munch all you want!