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Who says you have to starve to lose weight?

Monday, September 09, 2013

I rec'd this today and wanted to share this little bit of perspective:

One McDonald's Big Mac contains 540 calories, 29 grams of fat, and more than 40 grams of highly-processed, blood-sugar-spiking carbohydrates. emoticon

And that doesn't even count the fries and soft drink that you KNOW you're going to order with it. emoticon

At the same rate, here are a few alternative food choices and amounts that will land you at the same 540 calories: emoticon

140 medium strawberries
5 medium bananas
1 QUART of plain Greek yogurt
14 oz of grilled chicken breast
17 cups of broccoli
6 and 1/2 cups of blueberries

Better yet, go ahead and eat ALL of this in one sitting:

4 oz of grilled chicken (120 cals)
3 cups of broccoli (90 cals)
1 medium banana (100 cals)
8 oz of plain Greek yogurt (130 cals)
10 medium strawberries (40 cals)
1/2 cup of blueberries (40 cals)

So basically, you have an OVERFLOWING plate of chicken and veggies and then a HUGE dessert of yogurt and fruit. I mean, that's a massive quantity of food right there. In fact, most people wouldn't even be able to finish it. emoticon

And guess what? It still contains fewer calories than ONE Big Mac and it's WAY healthier. emoticon

Simply put, you don't have to starve yourself (at all) to lose weight and shed those stubborn just need to learn how to choose the right foods, and then eat your heart out. emoticon

Email excerpt from Josh Bezoni & Joel Marion, Nutritionists

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DALID414 9/9/2013 4:54PM

    Yup, it's all about choices

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LINDA! 9/9/2013 4:49PM


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BOILHAM 9/9/2013 4:44PM

    Good blog and so true.

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144AUTUMN 9/9/2013 4:42PM

  keep up the good work!

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NKING1982 9/9/2013 4:39PM

    Well said, thanks for sharing

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CAREBEARS2078 9/9/2013 4:36PM

    emoticon for sharing

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SPOONGIRLDEB 9/9/2013 4:27PM

    Great comparison! You could even substitute 1/2 cup cooked brown rice for the banana and still be at the same calories, if you feel like you just haven't eaten unless you have some carbs :-).

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SWEET_CAROLYN 9/9/2013 4:25PM

    This is eye-opening!! I think about how I used to convince myself it wasn't so bad to buy a Dairy Queen burger and fries (small with diet coke OF COURSE), and I see these numbers and think, "REALLY?! I could have eaten SO MUCH MORE if I only chose better foods!"

It seems obvious, but sometimes we need to be reminded of it!!

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ICEDEMETER 9/9/2013 4:19PM

    This is the song I've been singing since I started on this site. Really GOOD food, that's good for you, will leave you happier and healthier and far more satiated for tons less calories than processed pseudo-foods.

This is all about feeding yourself the *quality* that you deserve!

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