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Is it okay to indulge in chips every now and then?

Wed. May 21, 2:29pm

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I recently saw on a show that was profiling diets and the whole diet industry that potato chips are one of the WORST things you can possibly eat b/c they are SO over-processed that nutritionally there is literally nothing left and they set you up to be hungrier and hungrier b/c they have no actual "value" for your body. So not only do you ingest all those calories and fat, you also set yourself up to be hungry again very soon!

I too am a potato-chip LOVER!!! and I have really struggled to give them up to help myself get healthier. Every once in a blue moon, I do indulge myself but I only buy a small, individual size bag and I try not to eat the "regular" brands but to buy something that might be marginally healthier - as in a kettle chip or a health-food/natural foods brand. I don't know if I'm just fooling myself there or not but at least it's a bit more of an effort to go get them at the health food store instead of being able to zip down to the corner store.

I simply cannot have them in the house - the literally CALL MY NAME from the cupboard! I obsess about them until they are gone.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 2:48 PM

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It's okay to indulge in just about anything every once in awhile, if it's really every once in awhile, and not "every few days," etc. And, so long as it's a serving, and not a whole bag.

Sometimes (especially around your TOM), you'll just really crave salt, and chips are really salty. It's pretty normal. A couple chips never made anyone get fat and unhealthy; it's too many chips that do that.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 3:28 PM

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I have the exact same problem.. I cannot have them in my house.. if they are here and the bag is open I am not happy until they are all gone..
but I do think you need to have that kind of stuff every now and then... I try to use self control but chips are so hard for me...

Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 4:00 PM

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No it wont make you fat. However you should still eat Healthy things during the day such as fruits, whole grains, lean protein and veggies. Just eating chips for the whole day is not good for your body.

You can have chips. But its all about portion control and how often you eat them. I wouldn't recommend eating the greasiest ones out there.
But Try the Baked chips. When you eat them put a serving on a plate rather than eating straight from the bag. If your eating from the bag thats just a Red flag and will prob end up eating a whole lot more than what you wanted to. Or try making your own. Slice a potato or a sweet potato in thin slices put some sea salt on them and bake them in the oven. Spray some pam on them so they will get a little crispy on the sides.

Hope this helps.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 7:43 PM

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If you know how many calories you need/can eat a day, just work in potato chips to your calorie allowance. If you're tempted to eat a whole bag of chips or tube of pringles, you can get them in pre-portioned individual servings. Then you won't need to feel guilty or wonder why you aren't losing weight.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 8:12 PM

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If you want chips, and you intend to eat a full tube of Pringles, and you lose weight, then why did you post this question?

Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 8:24 PM

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LOL 8:39!!! that was good!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 9:12 PM

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I hadn't eaten potato chips in more than a year and a half. Then one day I was craving them SOOOOO much! I started dreaming about them in my sleep for about a week. So I went out and bought a bag. Ate a couple handfuls. They weren't as good as I remembered or as I was dreaming about.

Thursday, May 22, 2008, 9:48 AM

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I agree pp. potato chips are not that appetizing, blech.

Thursday, May 22, 2008, 9:57 AM

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to all you chip haters... i'm losing plenty of weight and i do still indulge in the occasional potato chip. i count my calories 1200-1300 a day and if i have a craving i just don't eat something else. no, it's not nutritional, like say eating some healthy fruit. but i like it, and i don't binge because i let myself have the tasty things every so often.

i found these great baked kettle chips- see the link below


Thursday, May 22, 2008, 1:44 PM

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