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    5 Reasons Your Healthy Salad Could Be Making You Gain Weight

    5 Reasons Your Healthy Salad Could Be Making You Gain Weight

    Original article by Matt Weik may be found directly on Nutrabio Supplements site.

    When trying to lose weight, what is one particular food that everyone tells you to consume more of?   Salad.  Yes, everyone assumes you need to eat like a rabbit in order to tighten your waistline and drop body fat.  While salad isn’t the only nutritional change you should be making to your diet, when used incorrectly, it could actually cause you to GAIN weight unexpectedly.

    To help you better utilize salad during your weight-loss journey and allow these green leafy gems to work for you rather than against you, there are five things you need to be aware of so you aren’t left frustrated when looking at the scale.  I also provide a bonus tip at the end for good measure.  But first, let’s dive into the reasons you need to watch out for salad.

    You Don’t Pay Attention To Your Dressing

    This is one of the simplest things to change, yet one of the hardest for people to fully grasp and understand.  If you were looking at salad dressing and wanted to reduce the number of calories you consume, there are two things you need to focus on.

    1. The type of salad dressing you are using
    2. The amount of salad dressing you are using

    Seems so simple, right?   Wrong.  The first thing people tell you is to stop using regular salad dressing as it is full of fat.  They tell you to opt for the “fat-free” versions instead to drastically cut down how many calories are coming from your dressing alone.  

    I’m here to tell you that’s a terrible idea.  For starters, a little fat with your salad can help you better absorb some of the nutrients found in your salad.  Also, depending on the kind of fat you use, it’s not necessarily “bad” for you.

    Because both lettuce and fat-free salad dressings are low in calories, you probably won’t feel satiated from the meal – this will cause you to overeat later in the day.  Also, most fat-free salad dressings are using corn syrup (when you look at the ingredient list, it’s normally one of the first ingredients listed) to replace the fat for it to taste good.

    Skip the fat-free dressing, stick with the regular.  All you need to focus on is reducing the amount you use, and if possible, choose some sort of vinaigrette which includes some healthy fats.  If you are getting a salad when you’re out and about, ALWAYS ask for your dressing on the side.  Otherwise, you’re at the mercy of however much (generally WAY too much) dressing they pour on top.

    Adding Croutons

    While adding some texture and crunch to your salad, croutons are one of the worst things you can add as a topping.  Essentially, all the store-bought croutons you find are full of nothing but processed white flour that provides you with no health benefit at all.  Many times, croutons are fried, which adds unhealthy fat to your diet.

    Sure, you could use bread and make your own croutons at home, but again, all you’re doing to your salad is adding carbohydrates which increases the total calorie count.

    My suggestion?   Skip the croutons altogether.   When you go to a restaurant, ask the waiter if you can have your salad without croutons.  They will be more than happy to accommodate your request.

    Skipping The Protein

    As mentioned earlier, lettuce does not contain many calories. It’s mostly made up of water.   Even after adding a little vinaigrette to your salad and tossing in some healthy vegetables like tomatoes, onion, carrots, cucumber, and even some peppers, you’re still not left with a satiating meal that provides any sort of bulk to your meal.  If you want to increase satiety, consider adding some protein to your salad.

    Protein is necessary for building lean muscle mass as well as needed to maintain and preserve it.   Protein is also very filling and can add some quality macros to your salad.  

    Additionally, protein has the highest thermic effect of food (TEF), which means it takes your body more energy to digest, absorb, and utilize this macronutrient than any of the others.  What this means is that your body will burn more calories when you consume protein with your meals.

    Consider adding some lean cuts of steak on top of your salad, some hardboiled eggs, shrimp, grilled salmon, or even the most commonly used protein source, which is grilled chicken.   If animal protein isn’t your thing, you can use tofu or other plant-based protein alternatives to add to your salad to increase the overall protein content.

    Another topping that includes protein that many people forget about is chickpeas.  These delicious little balls of protein goodness can spruce up any salad you add them to.

    Using Too Much Cheese

    While not the worst offender when it comes to toppings on your salad, cheese quickly causes the calorie count to shoot up due to the fat content.  If you get a salad from a restaurant, they tend to go a little overboard with how much they put on top.  When putting cheese on your salad at home, many people have a difficult time eyeballing the correct serving size and don’t necessarily want to weigh or measure everything out.

    The best thing to do would be to skip cheese as a topping with your salad or put on a TINY amount just to add a little flavor if you absolutely must have cheese on your salad.

    The Type Of Salad Matters (They’re Not All Created Equal)

    Without getting into the plethora of names given to salads these days, I just want you to think about what’s available and what you generally find in all of the various salads out there.  

    A salad can come with a taco shell, glazed nuts, dried fruit, wontons, nuts, seeds, processed meat, fried toppings – the list goes on and on.  Every little thing added to your salad will alter the macros and calorie count.

    Many of the toppings mentioned can definitely alter and improve the flavor of a salad and make it more palatable, but at the expense of causing your salad to become more calorie-dense.

    BONUS TIP!

    If you’re packing a salad for a meal on the go or for lunch, there are a few things you need to know.   First, ALWAYS wash and dry your greens before you package them in a container to take with you.  If you pack them up wet, your salad will go limp, and it can ruin the flavor and texture of your salad.  

     The second tip is to never add your dressing on top of your salad if you don’t intend on eating it right away.  Similar to what happens when you don’t dry off your greens, the leaves will wilt, and the flavor will be altered.  Pack your dressing separately and take it with you to add when you’re ready to sit down and eat.

    Original article may be found directly on Nutrabio's site.

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    Stop Stressing: Control What You Can by Katia Machiz

    Stop Stressing: Control What You Can by Katia Machiz

    It’s 2021- a BRAND NEW YEAR to set the bar high for ourselves and attain the goals that are NEVER too far out of reach! This past year was a wild one, sending all of us on an emotional roller coaster. To be quite honest, 2021 is on par to be just as brutal as 2020. If you were one of those people who chalked up last year as a “loss”, threw in the towel on your goals and expected 2021 to be something completely different when the clock struck midnight, this is for you. 

    It’s time to stop limiting ourselves and what we are capable of based on a timeline or what’s going on in the world around us.

    We are living in a time period where so many things are out of our control, but I’m here to tell you not EVERYTHING has to be that way! It’s time to start controlling the controllable, beginning with our health and how we nourish our bodies. Eating delicious, healthy meals to achieve these goals we’ve set for ourselves is something that we DO have control over, and it begins by making the conscious decision that you DO want to become better! 

    Short on time? Not very creative in the kitchen and stuck rotating the same 4 meals every week? I’ve got a solution for you! Meal prep companies are here to save the day, and ICON Meals is the best meal prep company in the game! My family, to include my picky 3 year old, absolutely love Icon Meals! They have meals that cater to everyone! 

    “But Katia, I don’t have the extra money to spend on a meal company every week...”

    Well, Joe Shmoe, let’s pull up that bank statement of yours and see how much money you’re truly spending on eating out; be it DoorDash, UberEats, or the multiple drive-thru trips you’ve made this week - those add up quickly and I can guarantee if you cut all of that extra spending out, there would be no reason you can’t afford perfectly balanced, macro friendly meals delivered right to your door every week! I would bet you’d actually realize by investing your money where your HEALTH is, you’d begin to SAVE your money while simultaneously properly nourishing your body AND reaching your fitness goals! Now that’s what you call a WIN-WIN! 

    It’s time to spend this year focusing on the right things, let ICON Meals take all the thinking out the equation and do the work for you!

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    Todd Talks: Don't Make a Resolution!

    Todd Talks: Don't Make a Resolution!

    I hear so many people talking over the past couple of weeks saying, "2020 wasn't their year because there's so many things going on. The world is so screwed up.” 

    This is why this didn't get done...

    This is why I’m out of shape…

    This is why I haven't had success in business...

    I don’t want you to make a New Year's Resolution for 2021, I want you to make a change! Switch your mindset from “these are my resolutions”, to “This is what the change is”.

    Change your lifestyle to make it impactful, to make it long lasting, and to obtain everything and more that you want.

    Make yourself 1% better everyday!

    Let’s say you're out of shape and you’ve been using the excuse of the coronavirus or quarantine. The truth is you haven't been eating what you should be eating. So, you just have to make that little change! It doesn't mean you flip a switch, and overnight you're eating is perfect. But you do have to make an intentional decision to make small changes.

    Maybe that's eating ONE good meal every day for the first week. You know you need to eat more protein and drink more water. I want you to be intentional, taking actionable steps to bring yourself forward. It’s time to update, upgrade, and level up your lifestyle. 

    Don't just make it a resolution. We’re striving to make a long-term impact in 2021. You need to change as a person and build upon a solid foundation.

    When they pour a concrete slab, does it just dry in two seconds? No, it takes time to dry, then they build the next layer - putting those four by fours down. 

    The point is, build upon it. Make yourself 1% better everyday! For me, I’ll be making changes to my four key areas: My faith, my family, my fitness and my finances.

    Some of you don’t have a family, so you’ll need to work on your relationships, work on being better. I challenge you in 2021 to grow your network, to level up, to surround yourself with people that are doing the things that you know you need to do.

    And the diet..

    This is one of the most important things, because it helps you out in all other areas of life. You feel better, you look better, and you're mentally stronger. You want to be at your best to make impactful changes. 

    It's not going to happen overnight. But I guarantee, if you are intentional about lifestyle change, you will see success in 2021. And that's what I want for you!

     

     

     

     

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    Wait! Read This Before Making New Year Resolutions! By Mike O'Hearn

    Wait! Read This Before Making New Year Resolutions! By Mike O'Hearn

    A Clean Slate⁣

    Today, at the very beginning of a brand new decade, is the perfect day to give yourself a clean slate…by cleaning out your kitchen. Take a look through your pantry, fridge, freezer and cupboards. Chances are high that you’ll find unhealthy packaged foods that are not in line with your healthy eating goals. Get rid of it all! ⁣
    Give yourself an advantage by starting 2021 with a wholesome kitchen that’s free from temptations and pitfalls. ⁣

    Did you accomplish your goals this past year? (YES or NO)

 If “NO” then answer these 5 Questions for insight into your failure.

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    1. Were your goals clearly written down and reviewed regularly?⁣⁣

    If you’re ambiguous about what you are setting off to achieve then it will never culminate in anything concrete. By writing down your goals in specific, clear terms and reviewing them regularly, you’ll be on track to achieve huge things in 2021.⁣

    2. Did you use the SMART System for defining your goals?⁣⁣

    SMART Is an acronym for setting achievable goals. It stands for SPECIFIC, MEASURABLE, ATTAINABLE, REALISTIC and TIME BOUND. Don’t skip over this step – setting SMART goals is the difference between achieving your dreams and having yet another year slide by without any measurable results to show for it. Use the SMART filter for setting goals — and REFLECT on and REVIEW your RESULTS with regularity.⁣

    3. Did your goals align with your values?⁣

    If your goal was to lose weight and to finally achieve a lean, fit, healthy body then why did you continue to glorify greasy, unhealthy food? Why did you look at exercise as a punishment to be avoided? Your value system must line up with your goals. In fitness this means having a positive attitude about exercise and healthy eating. ⁣

    4. Did you create accountability around your goals?
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    Who did you tell about your goal to finally lose the weight and get fit? If you kept it to yourself then you missed out on a huge opportunity for accountability and support. This support is what you lean on through the tough times when jumping off the wagon seems like the only option. ⁣

    
Take a moment to reflect on the answers to these questions above BEFORE answering the next question.

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    5. What was the root cause of your failure?
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    I don’t know what your specific root cause of failure was, only you do, but I can tell you confidently that if you join my program in 2021 you will blow past your failure to achieve the success that has always alluded you. 

You get one shot — one life — so what are you waiting for?⁣

    It’s time to expand, grow, seek, achieve.

 Feel the fire — fall down, get up, shake it off and get back in the game.

 2021 has the potential of being the best year yet... but it starts right now.

    Let's Keep training like Warriors and keep dominating your path. For more lifestyle and training philosophy, or nutrition tips, check out www.mikeohearn.com

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    - The Titan Mike O’Hearn, 4x Mr. Universe