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Can You Get Fat by Eating a Healthy Diet?

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Winston's heart-wrenching story of how his healthy diet caused weight gain. Grab a tissue!

We are bombarded these days about the importance of embracing a healthy diet.  

But even a healthy diet can generate weight gain - massive weight gain. Just look at how too much of a good thing struck Winston's weight scales with a bolt of Diet Lightening, melting them to smithereens in the process.  

Note that all the foods within Winston's diet are considered ultra-healthy foods.  

Breakfast: Total Calories = About 590 Calories

2 large hard-boiled eggs

1 cup of fresh-squeezed orange juice

1 slice of whole grain bread (130 calories per slice)

1 Tablespoon of strawberry preserves (50 calories)

1 glass of skim milk (unfortunately, Winston's glass holds 2 cups for a total calorie-count of 160)

Mid-Morning Snack: Total Calories = About 200 Calories

10 dried prunes (I know....)

Lunch: Total Calories = About 740 Calories

3 ounces of roasted skinless chicken breast (about 145 calories)

Side Salad with low fat Honey-Mustard Dressing, Croutons, Pecans, Grated Cheese, Bacon Bits (about 250 calories)

1 Medium Baked Potato with 1/2 pat of butter, salt & pepper (about 150 calories)

1 Whole Grain Dinner Roll with 1/2 pat of butter (about 150 calories)

1 cup of fresh strawberries (about 45 calories)

1 Glass of Unsweetened Tea (zero calories)

Mid-Afternoon Snack: Total Calories = About 460 calories

10 dried pear halves

Dinner: Total Calories = About 880 Calories

3 ounces of Sockeye Salmon, baked with 1 pat of butter, salt & pepper, dash of lemon juice (about 230 calories)

1 cup of brown rice with 1/2 pat of butter (about 250 calories)

1 ear of corn on the cob (110 calories)

1 cup of fresh green peas (about 140 calories)

1 Whole Grain Dinner Roll with 1/2 pat of butter (about 150 calories)

1 Glass of Unsweetened Tea (zero calories)

Bedtime Snack: Total Calories = About 160 Calories

1 glass of skim milk (remember, Winston's glass holds 2 cups)

In Summary

Total Calorie Intake for the Day = About 3,030 Calories.  Winston requires about 2,000 calories per day in order to maintain his recommended weight.  At the 3,030 calorie rate, he will gain about 2 pounds per week - or over 100 pounds per year.

Winston's healthy diet shows us the importance of not only the quantity of food within our daily diets, but also the importance of being able to pair-up healthy foods that keep us within our daily calorie requirements.  Even healthy foods have the power to pack pounds onto the scales.

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