June 02, 2010

Daily Food Myth

Myth #13: When going to a restaurant, the best choice for weight loss is usually a salad.

Salads can run the gamut of healthiness, depending on what is in them. Although that big bowl of greens may be packed full of antioxidants and fiber, it can also be laden with fat, cholesterol, and sodium--not to mention an overabundance of calories. Some restaurant salads can even contain more calories than a cheeseburger! That means ordering salad is no guarantee that you're eating a healthy meal. Do your research before you order to make the best choice.

Myself: I have written about how to make a great Salad at home and these same principals apply when going to a restaurant for a salad. The dressing is where most of the danger is hidden. Always have your dressing on the side, no matter what. This way you are in control of the portions. Most restaurants will put a whole cup of dressing on a large salad where as 1 portion is only 2 tablespoons. Another hidden danger is crispy chicken salads. These salads have breaded, fried chicken on them instead of grilled, skinless chicken. Cesar Salads are also full of fat and calories and are usually not going to do you any good. Watch what you order, plan ahead (look up the menu on the Internet before going to a restaurant), and stay on your plan.


  1. Okay as much as I would like to think that I would do this I dont. So dressing on the side and grilled chicken are my best bet. I really like going out with friends who will share dinner with me. I do much better with portions when I dont have it all in front of me.

  2. Yeah, I like the group share the best too! We usually get to try something and don't get that feeling of not getting what you really want.