Indulging in moderation is okay if the "bad" foods are also good for you; dark chocolate and red wine come to mind. So I perked up when I saw this Health magazine story about five bad foods that are actually good for the waistline.
Of course I'm not suggesting that you start pigging out on these every day, but if you eat them in moderation and in the right way, you can enjoy a little indulgence without feeling as guilty as you normally would. Yesterday I told you about ice cream and red meat, and for three more "bad foods" you can savor,
- Eggs: Eggs have gotten a bad rap for being high in cholesterol, but in moderation, they are a great healthy protein. Here's more:
According to a study from Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, overweight women who eat egg breakfasts lose twice as much weight as women who start their days with bagels.
Just be wary of eggs you order at restaurants, because scrambles, omelets, and even sunnyside up eggs can be cooked in butter and oil.
- Pizza: That's right: Pizza! Especially when prepared at home, pizza can be a filling and not unhealthy treat. Just be sure you steer toward whole-wheat crusts if you're heating up a frozen pie, and if you're ordering pizza, opt for thin crust. Health recommends:
To hike the diet-friendly fiber, choose a whole-wheat crust and top your pizza with veggies like peppers, artichokes, and broccoli.
- Canadian bacon: Can anything called bacon be healthy? You bet. And unlike the pizza and ice cream, you don't even really have to eat this one in moderation, as long as you're not cooking it in oil or fat. According to the article:
Canadian bacon — which comes from the loin, one of the leanest parts of the pig — is a dieter’s best friend, with a third less fat than regular bacon. If that isn’t reason enough to put Canadian bacon on your plate, a recent study from Purdue University shows that women who eat a diet rich in lean pork and other protein keep more lean body mass during weight loss than women who eat a low- calorie diet with little pork and other protein sources.
What do you guys think about this list? Would you indulge in some of these "bad foods," and if so, which ones are most tempting to you?