Dieters often choose salad as a meal option because they think it will help them to lose weight. But many times the salad that they make at home or that they order in a restaurant is full of fat and calories. The result is that they gain weight instead.
Exactly how many calories are in a salad? Numbers vary greatly, but here are a few numbers to give you an idea.
- Basic iceberg lettuce salad with tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, red pepper and low or zero-calorie dressing (such as lemon juice or vinegar): 125 calories
- Oriental chicken salad with crispy chicken: 1440 calories
- Grilled chicken caesar salad: 770 calories
- Taco salad: 830 calories
- Cobb salad: 1130 calories
- Greek salad: 500 calories
Of course, the ingredients and the dressing you choose will change your salad calories. Serving size matters, as well.
If you want to slim down faster, avoid these ten unhealthy salad ingredients. While they are popular ingredients in many salads, they add very little nutritional value to your meal. Instead, they fill your salad bowl full of needless fat grams and useless calories.
The bacon loaded on top of your favorite weight loss salad might add a whopping 400 calories and 30 grams of fat to the total nutrition. Of course, the number will depend on how much bacon is added. But bacon on any salad is bound to boost the fat and calorie count through the roof.
So are bacon-style toppings any better? Not really. Many processed bacon (flavored) bits aren’t really made out of meat, so they provide no nutritional benefit. In fact, some contain a mixture of trans fat, salt and, believe it or not, sugar! So skip the salty, fatty toppings and add crunch and flavor with savory vegetables like radishes or peppers.