With swimsuit season creeping up on us, it's hard not to be overly cautious with our daily consumption. But it's the "healthy" stuff that's actually making your butt look big.
We were shocked to learn from AOL that the low fat, low cal options that restaurants offer sometimes aren't even close to being healthy. A new study--on a total of 23 items from some of our favorite restaurants like the Macaroni Grill, Cheesecake Factory, and Taco Bell--discovered that 78% had a higher fat content and 69% exceeded the calorie count that they had listed.
A low cal favorite from Cheesecake Factory is the Pear and Endive Salad. Turns out it has 641 calories and 49.7g of fat! Macaroni Grill claims their Skinny Chicken has 500 calories and 6g of fat, when in fact it has 1,022 calories and 49g of fat. These are just a few of the shocking results taken from this new study.
Momlogic friend Hungry Girl immediately responded to our call begging for answers. "The bottom line at restaurants is you need to be careful. You can't believe everything you read on menus or online about nutritionals. You never know if the person in the kitchen is actually measuring ingredients carefully. If something seems like it has more calories than it is supposed to, it probably does."
"Also, picking on donuts in the break room and grabbing a mini candy bar here and there is another way to add calories and fat to your day without even thinking about it. Try writing down everything you eat for a full week, EVERYTHING, and you'll quickly see where the hidden fat and calories are in your diet!"
Food isn't the only thing we need to be concerned about. Did you know that drinks often have more fat than the hamburger you so carefully passed up for lunch? Next time you think you're being healthy by ordering a Jamba Juice smoothie, you might want to check for the 30g of fat and the 1,170 calories found in the Peanut Butter Moo'd Power. Hungry Girl suggests keeping all your beverages around 50 calories or less. People often down 4-5 cups of coffee with milk and sugar thinking these beverages are calorie-free and they aren't."
Sometimes what you don't know does indeed hurt you.