A well-balanced meal delivers everything your body needs to stay
energized and full ‘til your next meal time. But too often, we gobble down food
that makes us crave more, not less. Here are four of those keep-eating
It’s the best idea we’ve ever had for breakfast, but two whoppers
later, we’re still eyeing the rest of the box and wondering if anyone will
notice if another goes missing. Yeah, not a good idea—not just because it’s
loaded with tons of sugar and empty carbs, but it’s also not doing much to fuel
you for the day ahead. A doughnut every once in a while—especially alongside a
protein-packed nosh? Totally fine. But relying on these guys to get you to
lunch or later is so not a good idea,
in more ways than one.
Have you ever stuffed yourself with egg rolls, dumplings, fried rice
and chicken and broccoli? You know, eaten so much you were pretty sure you
wouldn’t be eating for another week? Yep, us too. And we bet the
three-hours-later feeling of a rumbling, somehow-hungry tummy is familiar to
you, too. Chinese food is typically loaded with sodium and MSG, all things that
send conflicting signals to your brain and stomach about how full you are…and
then suddenly, aren’t.
If you’ve ever looked at the nutrition label for a frozen meal, you
know it’s technically packed with way more stuff than you should eat in a
single sitting—salt, saturated fat and sugars are off the charts to make it
tasty. But when it comes to important stats like protein and fiber, well, they
leave you wanting. Which leads to snacking. Which is basically dinner number 2.
Whether they are bars or drinks, these diet products are billed as
healthy meal alternatives. Except…we still want to eat a whole meal after we
suck ‘em down. That’s a problem because they’re designed to have everything you
need in one handy, quick-to-consume package.
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BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 2/27/2014 3:04:00 PM
POSTED IN healthy eating 101, how to cut out junk food, nutrition