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Bad Foods Can Be Good For You, Part I

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 too guilty. For a few of the "bad foods" you can savor, with tips on how to eat them smartly,


  • Red meat: As long as you stick with ground meat that's 97 percent lean or extra-lean, the occasional burger or meatball can help aid weight loss. The same goes for steak, as long as you stick to lower-fat cuts such as sirloin and strip steak. That's because red meat is full of protein that will keep you feeling full. Just avoid meats labeled "prime" and watch your portion size. According to the article:

    “Many restaurants will serve an eight-ounce steak or burger, which means you’re getting twice the amount you actually need,” says Dave Grotto, RD, author of 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life. Stick to a three-ounce serving (roughly the size of a deck of cards).

  • Ice cream: Having a little bit of full-fat ice cream or yogurt once a day can be a great way to get your calcium, which builds strong bones. And because full-fat dairy is more satisfying than its low-fat counterparts, you could end up eating less and, in turn, losing weight. According to the article:

    A recent Swedish study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that women who have at least one serving of full-fat dairy products a day gain less weight than women who don’t. Researchers aren’t entirely sure why, but it’s believed that a compound in milk fat called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) may aid weight loss.

Check back tomorrow for three more "bad foods" that can help you lose weight!


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Soniabonya Soniabonya 9 years
LOL. Ice cream and steak. Both come from cows. Yum.
behemoth_the_cat behemoth_the_cat 9 years
It makes sense when you think about it... personally, if I buy the 'guilt-free' ice cream (non-fat, sugarfree), I end up eating a lot more just because I don't feel 'guilty' about it, plus the absence of fat in the ice cream doesn't help to fill me up, so i end up eating even more. Full-fat ice cream, on the other hand, fills me up just after a scoop or two and then i don't crave it again for two days! Definitely much better for losing weight...
emalove emalove 9 years
Mmmm, ice cream!
RobinFabulous RobinFabulous 9 years
If you look REALLY carefully some brands have the "party" cup and those are pre portioned out to be a half cup. Of course there isn't as much choice in flavors, but I buy them for the kids. Publix has their own brand in a fw different flavors (i.e. chocolate, birthday cake, strawberry)
anna_muffin anna_muffin 9 years
I don't like read meat, but I love full-fat diary products and eat some more or less daily.
wiggle wiggle 9 years
That photo of steak makes me hungry for red meat.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
sirloin steak! Yum yum yum!
Tutta Tutta 9 years
I used to take CLA from GNC. HUGE pills that you were supposed to take three times a day. I'd much rather get that from a scoop of ice cream :)
Greentea1203 Greentea1203 9 years
I can't eat yogurt either--I just don't enjoy it at all, though the Yoplait Whips are OK... LOVE ice cream, but rarely ever buy it becasue I'll want it every night. But when I do, I put a serving size in a coffee cup so it looks like a lot instead of seeing a sad small serving in a big bowl. It definitely works!
books-and-shoes books-and-shoes 9 years
Sounds good on the ice cream because even though I know yogurt is so good for your waistline, I can never really eat it.
luckyEmmie luckyEmmie 9 years
The problem is remembering that one serving of ice cream is only half a cup... good luck only eating that much!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I like both :)
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