We’ve all heard the term “everything in moderation.” Most of us use it as an excuse to have a piece of wedding cake, smoke a good cigar for a special occasion, or sneak a scent of bacon (because we’d never actually stoop that low! Except maybe on Tuesdays. If the air is just right. And the birds are singing their song. Maybe then.) But moderation can apply to good things too. Too much of a good thing can become a bad thing. After all, just because a food is healthy doesn’t mean it’s fat-free! Everybody needs a portion of “good fats,” but the trick is to be aware of the size of that portion. Here are a few healthy foods to watch your portions on in your healthy eating plans:
Don’t Overdo These 5 Healthy Foods
Most fish is one of the best meats you can add to your diet. It’s high in protein and loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids. However, if you’re filling up your plate every meal with some of the more fatty fishes like salmon, trout, or sardines, you’re probably going to discover a few more pounds than you wanted during your next weigh-in.
2- Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are great in yogurt, smoothies, or just a glass of water. They boost your energy and have anti-inflammatory tendencies. However, when you look at the calories, they actually add up to about 80% fat, so keep an eye on how many of those little guys you’re sprinkling on your meals.
3- Dark Chocolate
If you find a good dark chocolate bar that is at least 70% cocoa, you’ll find it’s packed with more antioxidants than most berries! Basically, it’s the perfect little treat. But if this “little” treat turns into 1 or 2 bars a day, you’re flipping the scales and will soon have to add it to the unhealthy healthy food list. Don’t make dark chocolate go to the dark side.
Though many people avoid them because of their amount of cholesterol, eggs are actually an excellent fatty food. They contain tons of vitamins and minerals, which is probably what makes them such a great way to start the day. Just kick off with the right portion size, and you’ll be good to go.
5- Olive Oil
Olive oil is by far a better way to cook than Canola oil and PAM, but it’s still a fatty oil. When you’re grilling up that fish, or those tasty vegetables, just use little dabs of oil. Don’t over do it.
If you are eating away at your favorite healthy foods with no limit, you’ll find that no matter how much you exercise you’re not reaching your target weight. Being overweight puts strain on your body and health in many ways, so in a sense, these good fatty foods can turn into unhealthy healthy foods. Don’t turn the good guys into bad guys! With a little bit of planning, you’ll find the right balance of good fatty foods for your body and also get the weight results you’ve been working for.