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Apr 23, 2015
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Sticking to a diet is so goddamn hard when temptation is practically everywhere. It’s like every time you decide to get rid of the extra pounds, your favorite fastfood joint suddenly comes out with a greasy bacon-and-cheese-filled extravaganza. And as if that’s not enough torture, we see photo after photo of all sorts of glorious food on our Facebook and Instagram feeds every. Single. Day.

Thank God then that cheat day gives us room to sample these indulgent delights.

Yet, if you'd really like to maximize your diet program's potency, why not indulge in these 10 eats that people on a diet avoid but actually have health benefits? For those on a diet, knowing that these supposedly fattening food items are actually good for you should help lessen the guilt, and buoy your quest for abs a healthier you.

PEANUT BUTTER

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Before the food gods blessed us with Nutella and cookie butter, the only sandwich filling we ate by the spoonful was peanut butter. Our parents may have scolded us for it, but here’s a reason why it wasn’t such a bad idea to indulge: peanut butter actually has a ton of health benefits, including being able to help prevent heart disease, Alzhermer’s Disease, and gallstones. It’s also super rich in protein, potassium, and fiber, making it the perfect food for boosting your #gains.

Keep it at two spoonfuls at the most.

BEER

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Beer can actually lower your risk of heart disease and kidney stones, help stop cataracts from forming, boost your immune system, and increase your creativity, among other reasons. But before you polish off an entire case, remember that you’ll only get these benefits if you drink in moderation. Translation: don't binge-drink.


WINE

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Wine contains antioxidants that help prevent heart disease, and we think that’s more than enough reason to drink a glass or two every day. But if that’s not yet good enough for you, wine also helps you keep your weight down, helps prevent weight loss, boost your skeletal and immune systems, and keep your blood sugar on healthy levels.


CHOCOLATE

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Cacao, the main ingredient of chocolate, has flavonoids, known for their anti-anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, and theobromine, which can lower blood pressure and relax the lung’s bronchi muscles. Chocolate gets its bad rep from it downright sinful additives like sugar, butter, milk, and other not-so-healthy stuff, so make sure you’re getting the most out of this indulgence by sticking to dark variants. The darker, the better!

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RICE

 

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Yes, white rice. Calm yo' tits; it’s not as evil as you think it is. It’s full of carbs, as you already know, and it’s a mild diuretic, meaning it could prevent constipation. Plus, there’s a way to cook it to cut its calories by as much as 50 percent: add some coconut oil while it’s boiling and eat it 12 hours after cooking.

 
STEAK

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Rich in protein and amino acids, a high-grade steak is the perfect food to have if you’re working on your gains. A nice rib eye can provide you with a massive dose of iron, niacin, selenium, and zinc—all nutrients necessary in keeping you healthy. The leaner the cut (read: less of the fatty stuff), the better.

The only issue: pati wallet mo mapapa-diet.


POPCORN

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Need a snack? Ditch the oily, salty chips and reach out for popcorn, which is filled with fiber, antioxidants, protein, and iron. It’s also super cheap and has few calories, making it the perfect remedy for your mid-afternoon cravings. Bypass the pre-popped and microwaveable variants for the plain ordinary kernels and pop it via stovetop to maximize its health benefits. And try not to add butter.


EGGS

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Eggs are some of the most nutritious foods on this planet, but their cholesterol levels give them a bad rep. The thing is, eggs actually have a lot of good cholesterol, which can help reduce your risk of many diseases. They also won’t increase your risk of heart disease unless you’re suffering from type-2 diabetes. You can actually have three of ‘em in one day and it’ll still be okay!


COFFEE

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Calling all the lonely Starbucks Lovers out there. Research has shown that coffee drinkers are less likely to have type 2 diabetes, dementia, arrhythmia, strokes, Parkinson’s disease, and certain cancers. Limit your daily intake to three cups at the most and skip the whipped cream and extra syrup for maximum benefits.

 

SHRIMP

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Shrimp is found on many "foods to avoid" lists due to its high cholesterol level, but there’s more to these little guys than that! They’re a good source of the antioxidants astaxanthin and selenium, which helps combat fatigue and lowers blood pressure, respectively. Also, they contain a lot of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, both of which stomp down on diabetes and heart disease risks. Plus, they have zero carbohydrates, making it an excellent option for weight-watchers.

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Just try not to consume a boatload of these shrimps—or any of the other food here for that matter—and you'll be fine.

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