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"10 Trendy Health Foods That Can Threaten Your Waistline" Review

Even with the right foods you should still be careful. The number one reason: Portion control. Check out this list to see which foods you should eat with a leash (from the article 10 Trendy Health Foods That Can Threaten Your Waistline)!

ACAI


Google “acai berry” and a slew of purported benefits like weight loss and antiaging results will return, but can this trendy health food hailing from Brazil really live up to the hype? While the fiber-rich fruit does tout more antioxidant properties than pomegranates and blueberries, many health claims don’t mention that it logs in 247 calories per 100 grams, 26 grams of which are carbohydrates. The kicker: Unless you are using acai at home and controlling your portions, an acai bowl -- the healthy breakfast du jour -- could cost you almost 600 calories per serving. Need a complete overhaul of your breakfast? Read "30 Best Breakfast Habits to Drop 5 Pounds".

DARK CHOCOLATE


Dark chocolate is typically comprised of at least 35 percent cocoa powder and is full of flavonols -- chemicals loaded with antioxidant benefits that help reduce free radical damage. But before you hit the candy jar too hard, this supposed health food also has a remarkable amount of fat and sugar. Depending on the brands, just one ounce can contain up to 170 calories, 12 grams of fat and 24 grams of sugar (four grams over the amount that the American Heart Associate recommends in an entire day for an adult woman). If you still want to indulge, keep the portions small.

Moody Wisdom: The stats depend on the brand. Either way, a decent amount of sugar is usually added to offset the bitterness of the dark chocolate.

CHIA SEEDS


A great source of omega-3 fats, fiber and antioxidants, this superfood is taking the food world by storm. But before you stir this add-on into your meals and smoothies, know that two tablespoons totals 120 calories, 80 of which are from fat. And while it may be considered a source of healthy fat, those calories can add up, especially when added to an already-high-calorie smoothie.

FLAX SEEDS


A nutritional powerhouse, this seed delivers protein, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids among a host of other vitamins. Two tablespoons of whole seeds will also deliver 100 extra calories to your meal, with 78 of those coming from fat. But when eaten whole, the body doesn't absorb all of the great omega-3s and antioxidants. Instead, grind your flax seeds; otherwise your healthy gesture will be for naught. And two tablespoons of ground flax, on the other hand, contain about 60 calories.

AVOCADOS


n 2015, The Washington Post declared Americans were having a “love affair” with avocados, and there are no sign it's slowing down. With today’s trendy avocado toast, everyone seems to have gotten on the bandwagon. It’s even been touted as the world’s most perfect food, containing all the nutrients one would need to survive. Sounds like a dream, right? Except that one medium avocado weighs in at 232 calories, with 188 of them coming from fat. Instead of piling a mound of mashed avo onto your sprouted grain toast, think of it this way: According to the Hass Avocado Board, one medium avocado provides five one-ounce servings that are 50 calories each.

ALMONDS


Here’s some trivia from the Encyclopaedia Britannica: The almond is actually a seed because it’s enclosed in a hard fruit! It’s also a handy snack and a great source of protein. Whether eaten raw, pressed into a butter or showing up in a carton as milk, almonds are everywhere and (dare we say) more popular than peanuts at the moment. Just remember that a handful of almonds (i.e., an ounce or about 23 seeds) is around 164 calories. And we can all admit that these yummy seeds are so addictive that one handful is never enough.

WALNUTS


Possibly the most underestimated nut around, the walnut is purported to contain powerful antioxidants as well as heart-healthy amino acids. Plus it supports brain health and reduces insulin levels, which is great news for diabetics. Makes you want to eat them by the handful, right? Unfortunately, one cup of shelled walnut halves has about 654 calories and 65 grams of fat. You can still get the aforementioned benefits by limiting your portion to one ounce (about 14 halves), which puts you around 185 calories.

QUINOA


This gluten-free superfood is technically a seed, but it acts like a grain. It is also (shockingly) a complete protein, unlike rice and beans that need to be eaten together to gain that benefit. Plus, being a good source of fiber and minerals have caused people to be prepping quinoa for dinner as well as breakfast. It all sounds fabulous -- except if you’re trying to lose weight. One cup of cooked quinoa can contain 222 calories, slightly more than one cup of brown rice. With all the marketing surrounding this food’s benefits, it’s hard to remember that you can’t eat as much of the stuff as you may want. Keep your portion around the size of your cupped hand to stay on the safe side of this grain.

What other foods do you think will affect your weight loss with a Chicago personal trainer if you're not careful?

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While these foods are still healthy with proper portion control, you may want to avoid the following list: "50 Foods You Should Never Eat".

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Author: Michael Moody Fitness with excerpt sourced from the article " 10 Trendy Health Foods That Can Threaten Your Waistline " on Livestrong.com.
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"26 Ways to Feel Full While Eating Less" Review

How can we eat less to lose weight while still feeling full? Check out these diet tricks that you should start today: 26 Ways to Feel Full While Eating Less!

Which tricks do you use to feel full?

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"The Most Unhealthy Drink Orders at the Bar" Review

I think you'll find one of your favorite drinks on this list. Mine: An Old Fashioned :( (from the article The Most Unhealthy Drink Orders at the Bar)!

CRAFT BEER


We all know the beer belly is aptly named. And while you know to stay away from the heavy Guinness’, you may not be much safer turning to those light craft beers. Why? “The trend in stronger beer means more calories,” Brissette points out. Remember: The higher the alcohol content, the higher the calorie count. “Have a pint and you'll easily take in 270 calories or more. That's like eating a chocolate bar (or several)!” she adds. Not to mention the bloat factor from all those carbs. Dogfish Head IPA clocks in at 450 calories while Sierra Nevada Bigfoot is a whopping 330 calories.

HARD CIDER


Cider may seem healthy—it’s an alternative to beer and it’s gluten-free, after all. But while brewskies packs in the empty calories and unnecessary carbs, cider is rich in another black-listed nutrient. “A pint of cider can have 10 teaspoons of sugar. That's more than your daily limit for sugar in the one cider,” Brisette says.

IRISH CAR BOMB


Car bomb or carb bomb? “The dark Irish stout in this drink plus the cream and liquor pack in the extra calories (and carbs!),” Holthaus says. Sixteen ounces delivers a whopping 310 calories!

BLOODY MARY


Your hangover may be better off without the hair of the dog. “A morning after drink like a Bloody Mary only delays the metabolism of congeners—a substance contributing to hangover symptoms—and extends the amount of time it will take for your blood alcohol content to come back to normal,” Holthaus explains. Plus, while vodka is usually a great low-cal option, once you add the tomato juice, vegetables, and spices, most Bloodys make their way up to around 300 calories.

MEXICAN BULLDOG


Beer is a tasty addition to your regular ole margarita, but the combo of both beer and tequila in this drink, plus the limeade, pack a punch—both in terms of the amount of calories and also the alcohol you’re getting, Holthaus explains. A 12-ounce drink will cost you around 230 calories.

WHITE RUSSIAN


The Dude may approve, but nutritionists aren’t a fan. “The coffee liquor and the fresh cream make this small drink very mighty in terms of how many calories it brings,” Holthaus says. Just 4 ounces is 210 calories—and it’s a good bet you’re knocking back a bigger cup than that.

OLD FASHIONED


There are few drinks manlier than an Old Fashioned. But the simple syrup in this staple (as well as cocktails like a Whiskey Sour) isn’t so simple, nutritionally speaking. “Just 1-ounce packs in over 5 teaspoons of added sugar,” Holthaus says. “And a 6-ounce Old Fashioned will cost you around 260 calories.”

Moody Wisdom: The best alternative: The traditional way! Only drink an Old Fashioned with 1 muddled cube of sugar (2.5 g). Your great, great grandfather will be proud.

How will you change the way you order drinks? Do you think your drink choices are affecting your ability to lose weight or body fat?

Are you having trouble losing weight? You may need to change your morning routine. Read 30 Best Breakfast Habits to Drop 5 Pounds.

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"How Much Exercise It'll Take to 'Undo' 17 Popular Fast Food Items" Review

How much exercise will you need to do burn off your next fast food guilty pleasure? You might be surprised by this list....especially the items from Chipotle and Panera (from the article How Much Exercise It'll Take to 'Undo' 17 Popular Fast Food Items)!

1. WENDY'S QUARTER-POUND SINGLE


550 calories, 34 g fat, 13 g saturated fat, 1.5 g trans fat, 1,180 mg sodium, 35 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 28 g protein

You'd have to jump rope for exactly 61 minutes to work off Dave Thomas' fat and calorie-laden burger. It's doubtful that even the champion of your elementary school's double dutch team could go for that long. Opt for the Jr. Cheeseburger instead to slash 270 calories from your order—and shave a half-hour from your subsequent workout. If these cuts aren't enough, you may want to read "The Secret to Losing Nearly 27 lbs!" for more ideas.

2. MCDONALD'S BIG MAC


540 calories, 28 g fat, 10 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat, 970 mg sodium, 47 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 25 g protein

You'd have to run for 50 minutes to burn off this bi-level burger—assuming you we're chugging along at about 6 miles per hour. If you typically take about 12 minutes to complete a mile, it will take you closer to 60 minutes to incinerate your lunch.

3. A&W PAPA BURGER


550 calories, 33 g fat, 13 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 1,558 mg sodium, 43 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 12 g sugar, 25 g protein

To undo the damage from this burgers' two patties, cheese, toppings, and sauce-smothered bun, you'd have to hit the water and kayak for one hour and 37 minutes. If fitness isn't your thing, order the chain's hot dog (310 calories, 19 g fat) or grilled chicken sandwich (400 calories, 15 g fat) instead. They're two of the healthiest things on the A&W menu.

4. ARBY'S BEEF N' CHEDDAR


450 calories, 20 g fat, 6 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat, 1,280n mg sodium, 45 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 23 g protein

What Arby's does best is roast beef and maybe it should just stick to that plan. The totally decadent-sounding Beef n' Cheddar Classic is a healthy serving of lean protein that won't blow your saturated-fat budget. Better yet, if you take a 50-minute bike ride around your neighborhood you'll be able to burn it right off. Considering how long it takes to burn off some other meals, that's not half bad.

5. JACK IN THE BOX SOURDOUGH JACK


700 calories, 45 g fat, 15 g saturated fat, 1.5 g trans fat, 1,180 mg sodium, 39 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 35 g protein

Both the bread and the patty contribute to the trans fat content of this caloric calamity—which by the way, would require 3 hours and 25 minutes in the weight room to work off.

6. BLIMPIE PHILLY CHEESESTEAK SANDWICH


Large, 1,190 calories, 70 g fat, 24 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 2,860 mg sodium, 89 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 15 g sugar, 53 g protein

When hot dog vendor, Pat Olivieri, first invented the cheesesteak in the 1930s, we don't think this 1,190 calorie monstrosity was what he had in mind. By stretching out the bun (and the overall portion size) and then topping their creation with both cheese and peppercorn dressing, Blimpie managed to create a sammy that requires over four hours of hatha yoga to negate. Just say no to this terrible lunch—and all of these 50 Unhealthiest Foods On the Planet, too.

7. BURGER KING DOUBLE WHOPPER


850 calories, 54 g fat, 18 g saturated fat, 2.5 g trans fat, 870 mg sodium, 49 g carbs, 11 g sugar, 43 g protein

When it first made its debut in 1957, the Whopper sold for 37 cents. Since then, the burger has increased in price—and size. With the addition of the second patty, the Double Whopper gains an additional 220 calories. To burn off this bad boy, you'd have tohit the elliptical machine for two hours and thirty minutes! We'd rather do anything other than stay put on a piece of workout equipment for that long.

8. CARL'S JR. BREAKFAST BURGER


830 calories, 44 g fat, 19 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat, 1,540 mg sodium, 68 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 13 g sugar, 39 g protein

Smash a plate of eggs, bacon, and hashbrowns between two buns, and you get a breakfast sandwich that's nearly three time the calories of an Egg McMuffin. Oh, and not to mention, one takes a grueling one hour and 45 minutes of bicycling to work off.

9. CHICK-FIL-A CHICKEN SANDWICH


440 calories, 18 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 1,390 mg sodium, 41 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 5 g sugar, 28 g protein

Though we're not in the habit of giving deep-fried indulgences the Eat This stamp of approval, Chick-Fil-A's classic sammy is a surprisingly modest indulgence. So, as long as you steer clear of the fries and soda fountain, it'll only take 40 minutes of running (at a pace of 10 miles per hour) to undo the damage.

10. CHIPOTLE CHIPS AND GUAC


800 calories, 49 g fat, 7 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 795 mg sodium, 81 g carbs, 14 g fiber, 5 g sugar, 10 g protein

Ah, chips and guac: a classic combo that no Tex-Mex lover can forgo. So crunchy, so creamy! If you decide to indulge, though, just be sure to do so with a friend or two. If you gobbled up Chipotle's version of the dish solo, you'd have to spend two hours hiking to negate all of its calories.

11. DUNKIN DONUTS BIG N' TOASTED


570 calories, 31 g fat, 11 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 1,290 mg sodium, 44 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 27 g protein

Made with eggs, fatty bacon, sodium-filled cheese, and thick Texas toast, DD's monstrous a.m. sandwich will give your abs a real run for their money. If you decide to bite into one, plan to embark on a one hour-long cross-country skiing session to work it off. You'll also want to read "4 Simple Ways to Flatten Your Stomach" while you're at it too.

12. FIVE GUYS FIVE GUYS STYLE FRIES


953 calories, 41 g fat, 7 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat, 962 mg sodium, 131 g carbs, 15 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 15 g protein

Not only do these spuds carry an entire day's worth of fat, they also pack traces of dangerous trans fat, a type of heart-harming man-made fat you should always try to stay away from. If you don't want to walk for three hours and 30 minutes to burn off the calories, we suggest you make it a point steer clear of these crispy taters!

13. IN-N-OUT DOUBLE-DOUBLE


670 calories, 41 g fat, 18 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat, 1,440 mg sodium, 39 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 10 g sugar, 37 g protein

If you ate this burger as is, you'd need to hit the stair climber at the gym for one hour and 40 minutes to get rid of the calories. However, if you ditch the mayo-based spread and extra cheese (a modification that nixes 170 calories and 6 grams of saturated fat) you could end your workout at the 75 minutes mark. We know which order we'd choose! Still want to cut more fat and calories, check out the article "Hidden Calorie Bombs: 9 Foods You Didn't Know are Secretly Fattening".

14. KFC GO CUP WITH EXTRA CRISPY TENDERS


540 calories, 27 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 1,330 mg sodium, 50 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 24 g protein

KFC's "Go Cups" which launched in 2013 and fit into car cup holders, may just be one of the most genius road trip creations of all time. The bad news? Colonel Sanders overload the cups with junk. Down just one of their extra crispy tender cups and you'll need to channel your inner Phelps and swim for one hour and 20 minutes to burn off the calories—and let's be honest unless there's a metal involved, no one wants to do that. Want to know which foods Phelps and other Olympians have kicked out of their personal diets? Read "16 Olympic Gold Medalists Reveal The Foods They Won't Eat" Review.

15. LONG JOHN SILVER'S BAJA FISH TACOS


2 tacos: 720 calories, 46 g fat, 9 g fat, 7 g trans fat, 1,620 mg sodium 60 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 18 g protein

Fat in the breading, fat in the tortillas, fat in the sauce—and none of it the healthy kind. It all adds up to a full day's worth of the stuff, and nearly a full day's allotment of salt—and that's not even taking the sauces, sides, or drink the meal comes with into account. To work it off, you'd have to spend one hour and 20 minutes playing singles tennis.

16. POPEYES SHRIMP PO' BOY


690 calories, 42 g fat, 13 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat, 2,165 mg sodium, 66 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 42 g protein

This nutritionally poor Po' Boy, contains not one, not two, but six different artificial dyes, a few of which have been linked to learning and concentration disorders (like ADD) in children and thyroid tumors in rats. Aside from the scary ingredients, it contains more calories than 160 M&Ms and requires one hour and 42 minutes of pilates to work off. If you want to indulge in something fried and starchy, opt for the chain's loaded chicken wrap, which has half the calories and a fraction of the fat.

17. PANERA NAPA ALMOND CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICH


700 calories, 26 g fat, 4.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 1,140 mg sodium, 90 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 13 g sugar, 17 g protein

Thanks in part to its mayo-free chicken salad, this sandwich is actually one of the chain's better-for-you bread and meat options. However, we can't deny that it's a bit high in calories. It would require one hour and 30 minutes of rowing to negate its wrath! We suggest getting the sandwich as part of the chain's "You-Pick-Two" deal and pairing it with a green salad. This simple swap shaves off 170 calories and adds some much-needed greens to an otherwise beige-colored meal.

Did you realize the amount of exercise needed to burn off these items? How will you change your approach to fast food?

Are you having trouble losing weight? Read "The 50 Best Weight-Loss Tips From 2015 " Review. This list helped my personal training clients in 2015 and will help you today.

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Article Credit:
Author: Michael Moody Fitness with excerpt sourced from the article " How Much Exercise It'll Take to 'Undo' 17 Popular Fast Food Items " on MSN.com.
"How Much Exercise It'll Take to 'Undo' 17 Popular Fast Food Items" Review
Learn how to lose weight from a personal trainer in Chicago.
 
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"The 67 Worst Frozen Foods in America" Review

I've highlighted the 25 most common products from the article The 67 Worst Frozen Foods in America). My guess: Several of these frozen foods are in your kitchen (and they are killing your efforts to lose body fat).

What other frozen foods should we add to this list? What weight loss foods are better options?

Are you having trouble finding ways to lose weight? Read "The 50 Best Weight-Loss Tips From 2015 " Review. This list helped my personal training clients in 2015 and will help you today.

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Author: Michael Moody Fitness with excerpt sourced from the article " The 67 Worst Frozen Foods in America " on MSN.com.
"The 67 Worst Frozen Foods in America" Review
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Transform your life with Michael's self-help book Redefine Yourself here!

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