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“Junk” Food on A Diet

I know what you’re thinking from the title. How In the heck can I eat “Junk” food while I am watching what I eat? What If I told you there are certain “Junk” foods out there that help you with your weight loss journey would you believe me? These foods will help you with getting some extra protein and can help boost your workouts. The “Junk” foods that I will mention also aren’t really “Junk” foods they are what I call afraid foods. Afraid foods are foods that people stay away from because It may have too many carbs, sugar, fat or calories. “Afraid Foods” are foods you shouldn’t be afraid of these are foods that are actually good for you and today I will explain some of them to you.

White Potatoes

Thanks to the popularity of low-carb diets, white potatoes have been unfairly blacklisted. After taking a second look Into the science, you’ll see there’s no need to be scared of the spuds—they’re actually powerful hunger tamers that can help you slim down. In an Australian study that measured the satiating Index of 38 popular foods, researchers discovered that potatoes were not only more filling and satisfying than dietary demons like doughnuts and cake (no surprise there), they also ranked better than healthy picks like brown rice and oatmeal. As a result, research participants ate less on the days they consumed them. Not to mention, this root vegetable Is also a good source of potassium, vitamin C, and belly-filling fiber. Ditch high-cal potato toppings like sour cream and bacon bits, and enjoy the spuds with olive oil, rosemary and fresh pepper Instead (Trust me potatoes taste delicious with some olive oil.)

Red Wine

While red wine may be known for Its heart-protecting properties, It Isn’t often thought of as a weight loss drink…but maybe It should be. If this sounds too good to be true, stick with me! It has been discovered that this shade of wine contains a compound called piceatannol ( has a similar chemical structure to resveratrol, which has been linked to many of the health benefits of moderate red wine consumption. …Piceatannol isn’t just found in red wine either. The compound is present in grapes, grape juice, berries, peanuts, and passion fruit.) That binds to fat cells’ Insulin receptors and prevents them from maturing and growing. In short, the booze helps block the growth of new fat cells. If you’ve been avoiding hitting the bottle all together In an effort to slim down, you may want to consider adding a glass or two of red to your “Diet”.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil contains more saturated fat than most other cooking fats, which has given it an unwarranted bad rap. Yes, the oil Is loaded fat, but It’s the Medium-Chain (medium chain triglycerides, such as lauric acid, capric acid, caprylic acid and myristic acid, that have unique properties to promote your health and reduce your risk of disease.)  This kind of fat has little effect on cholesterol levels and converts Into energy more readily than other fats, aiding weight loss efforts. Cooking with this trendy oil, Is a big part of Dieters” cooking, Instead of things like lard or margarine means less flubber Is apt to be stored on your frame.


When most people think of popcorn, a giant butter-drenched bucket Is often what comes to mind. However, air-popped popcorn made at home without the fat-laden add-ons Is actually a low-calorie, fiber-rich, whole-grain snack that can ward off hunger-causing crashes In blood sugar. Don’t believe me?  Popcorn Is one of my favorite weight-loss snacks that I tell clients about (I personally cannot eat popcorn because I am allergic to corn related products). I like to tell anyone to make their popcorn like this -> sprinkle 2 1/2 tablespoons of grated parmesan onto three cups of air-popped plain popcorn to keep clients feeling full longer between meals and ward off cravings for “Diet”-derailing no-nos.


This one Is for all of my burger-loving peeps out there. Your favorite burgers may not be the poster child of health, but maybe It should be. (Before you get too excited: No, fast food burgers aren’t what I’m talking about here.) Why? Red meat, an oft-vilified protein source, Is jam-packed with a nutrient that can supercharge your workouts and fry flab: iron. While not getting enough of this nutrient can cause your body to burn fewer calories, getting adequate amounts (adult males need 8 mg/day, women need 18 mg/day) can keep your metabolism humming and boost your energy, allowing you to hit the gym with gusto and sculpt the body you’ve always wanted. A burger made from 4 ounces of ground beef ( or grass-fed) served with a cup of cooked spinach serves up nearly 10 milligrams of the nutrient. For the best results and taste, look for lean cuts of grass-fed and organic meats, ditch the top bun and have the waiter hold the mayo and fries or If you want fries go for It!


When It comes to eggs, It seems we’ve been given scrambled messages (get the pun). Many of us opt for egg whites over whole eggs because word on the street Is that the yellow contains too much cholesterol and raises the risk of heart disease. However, new research has found that cholesterol levels in our bodies are Impacted by the types of fats In our food, not just the cholesterol content. Not to mention, yolks contain nutrients that may help lower the risk of heart disease, Including protein, vitamins B12 and D, folate and riboflavin.

What’s more, eating the whole egg can help keep you slim. In fact, they’re one of our top fatty foods that will help you lose weight. The yolk contains a nutrient called choline that boosts metabolism and turns off belly-fat genes. If the thought of eating whole eggs still makes you uneasy, try making an omelet with one whole egg, two egg whites, and some chopped vegetables.

Final Thoughts

I know what I talked about today Isn’t really considered “Junk” food. But the foods I did mention are foods that some people stay away from because It might be too high In fat or calories. I’m here to tell you everything that I mentioned Is okay to eat. Obviously, you wouldn’t want to eat It at every meal but Is okay to eat every day. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out and I will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Hello, my name Is Amanda and I'm the woman behind AmandaExplainsIt. I'm a Free Spirit, coffee sipping blogger and I embrace all of the messy parts of life.I'm a mommy of two precious doggies and an advocate for food allergies, animals, and nutrition In real life. I've always loved writing and writing a blog fulfills that. I'm all about spirituality and going with the flow of things. I'm new to the beauty world and I'm excited to share what I learn along the way. Come back often because I post often and I post things related to but not limited to Beauty Reviews, Product Reviews, Spirituality, Nutrition and Food Allergies, and Gluten-Free Recipes. If you like what you read let's be friends. ~XOXO A.

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