The title of my blog is a question I myself have asked many times and one I hear on a regular basis. What I find very ironic about the question is that most often when it’s being asked, the person asking is either eating a big bag of Doritos or they just slathered on a thick layer of ranch dressing on their salad or they just got done consuming their third Mountain Dew or Coke for the morning.
Seriously, people. I have found over the years that if someone, like myself, wants to lose weight and keep it off, they need to change their eating habits. They, or I, can’t eat Twinkies everyday or a large bowl of ice cream everyday and expect to lose weight. It’s not gonna happen. I’ve tried it. It doesn’t work.
I’m not saying you and I have to give up all the good stuff, but eating Cheetos for breakfast everyday isn’t going to work anymore. Eating a salad is healthy. Eating a salad with a big gob of ranch dressing or any other creamy-style dressing, along with bacon bits, cheese and croutons is not healthy. Not by any means. It’s actually amazing the amount of calories and fat that’s packed into a healthy-looking salad. You’d be surprised.
Did you know that one tablespoon of ranch dressing has 73 calories and nearly 8 grams of fat. Most people put at least three or four tablespoons of dressing on their salad. A tablespoon of the fat-free kind has only 17 calories and about .5 grams of fat. Do the math. Which one would you choose?
I know what you are thinking, the fat-free kind doesn’t taste as good. Well, here’s a simple solution, especially if you like the Hidden Valley Ranch brand of dressing. Take a container of fat-free sour cream and mix it with a packet of the Hidden Valley Ranch dressing dry seasoning mix. This is good. Really good. And it is not nearly as fattening as the real stuff. There are also so many other healthier options out there, but you have to want to change. Otherwise, the "good" stuff is always going to taste bad.
Yesterday, I was given a great quote by a friend…."Nothing tastes as good, as looking good feels!" That about sums it up right there.