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Boiled Egg, Tuna & Grapefruit
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Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Three Popular Dieting Foods

Do the foods in the title of this health article seem very familiar to you whenever you decide to lose weight? If so, you're among the scads of fellow dieters who tend to reach for these same foods.

However, there are serious health concerns associated with all three.

Boiled Eggs for Weight Loss

One large hard-boiled egg contains 186 cholesterol milligrams. The current recommendation for intake is 'as minimal as possible' because cholesterol is a chief offender of the arteries and heart health.

To put things into prospective, a slice of cheesecake weighing 80 grams contains 44 milligrams of cholesterol - about 1/4 the amount of a boiled egg.

Tuna for Weight Loss

It's a very large fish and it's very low in caloric values. White tuna that is canned in water contains about 220 kcals per can - and 109 kcals per three ounce serving.

While the energy values are great - as are the protein and Omega 3 benefits, because the tuna is a large fish, it has more time and more 'body' to absorb harmful levels of mercury that can be passed on to the consumer.

Mercury can cause damage to the brain and even more serious damage to the unborn child.

Grapefruit for Weight Loss

One large contains 106 calories and 115 milligrams of Vitamin C. So while the caloric values are very low - it's the acidity of the fruit that poses potential health issues.

Acid not only eats away the enamel of the tooth, it also can cause irritation in the trachea and stomach - as well as other sensitive areas of the digestive system.

A Boring Diet is Unlikely to Keep the Dieter's Interest

Have you even been on a weight loss plan that rendered permanent results that involved 'diet foods'? If not, then perhaps it's time to rethink your eating plan.

A healthy one includes all foods within reason - and a plan that is built upon the official food groups housed within the Food Pyramid.

This is the first step to reaching a thinner you - starting with the Grain Group, then moving up to the Fruit and Vegetables, then to the Protein and Dairy Groups.

All contain food choices that will assist in losing fat. But take note - all three of the popular foods discussed in this health article - eggs, tuna and grapefruit, reside in the Food Pyramid.

The key is not placing the focus on one-food diets; you should aim to have a healthy mix of different food selections. This will not only keep your plan interesting, it will work to satisfy hunger and appetite.

If the same old foods are on the meal plate day in and day out, the old saying 'too much of a good thing' isn't so good anymore.

Comparison of Boiled Egg, Tuna Grapefruit Diet to 1500 Calorie Diet Menu, a Safer Plan for Weight Loss

This is how the menus of the day might look for a 1,500 calorie weight loss plan.

Freely add calorie free beverages throughout your day BUT do not over-do with water as too much can create an imbalance of electrolytes in the body and lead to serious consequences, including death.

Breakfast: serving of cereal, 1/2 banana, 1 cup of skim milk [250 kcals].

Lunch: serving of tomato soup [100 kcals], grilled cheese sandwich prepared with light margarine [60 kcals], two slices of 70 calorie per slice bread [140 kcals] and a slice of cheese [70 kcals].

To prepare the grilled cheese, spread the margarine on one side of the bread slices and place one of the 'buttered' slices onto a non-stick pan. Add the cheese slice and top with the other slice of bread. Turn to brown both sides.

 [Total Lunch Calories = 370 kcals]

Dinner: x-large salad with your favorite raw vegetables plus three ounces of roasted chicken [lean only, no skin], a Tablespoon of shredded cheese, bacon bits if desired, a serving of croutons, light raspberry-balsamic dressing, serving of angel food cake topped with berries and a serving of whipped topping.

Total Kcals: 1500

In Summary

Given the comparison, there are a lot more options as well as healthy foods in the 1,500 calorie menu. Also - we get to choose what types of vegetables we want to eat, what types of bread and so forth.

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