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By Joe Wilkes
From the Million Dollar Body Club - Join Today and Workout to Win!

  1. Steak6 oz. of filet mignon, 1/2 cup steamed broccoli, 1/2 baked potato. This tasty meal only has about 475 calories with 58 grams of protein, 19 grams of carbs, and 18 grams of fat. Plus 6 grams of fiber. Not too shabby!

  2. Chicken1/2 of a rotisserie chicken from the supermarket. About 600 calories with 33 grams of fat, 10 of them saturated, but a bonanza of protein70 grams! You could knock the calories and fat down a lot if you could part with the skin. Add a little salad for fiber, and you could do worse.

  3. Salmon6 oz. of salmon, 1 cup brown rice, 8 spears of asparagus with 2 Tbsp. of hollandaise sauce. Sounds pretty healthy . . . but over 700 calories! That little bit of hollandaise sauce was responsible for over 100 extra calories and brought 35 grams of fat (23 saturated) to the party. And at most restaurants, you'll get a lot more sauce than that. The salmon, ounce for ounce, was comparable to the filet mignon. The salmon had 40 fewer calories, but also 16 fewer grams of protein. The fat was about the same, but the heart-healthy omega-3-rich oils in the salmon have the beef beat hands down. So beef is a good choice if you're trying to load up on protein. And the salmon is more heart-smart, but if you sauce it up, you pretty much were just as well off having the steak (and maybe some fries, too).

  4. Cheese Pizza2 slices of a large cheese Pizza Hut pan pizza. 790 calories! For two slices! With just cheese! Not even one pepperoni! Plus over half your recommended daily allowance for fat, and 76 grams of carbs!

  5. Gin N Tonic10 pretzels, 1/4 cup of Spanish peanuts, 3 gin and tonics. 980 calories! And we mixed the drinks pretty light. Go to a bartender with a generous pour, and you'll easily clear a grand. Amazingly, most people will go eat dinner after this. The calories were split about evenly between the snacks and the drinks, with the edge going to the drinks. You could skip the snacks (the Simple Life diet) to cut out the 20 total grams of fat, but you're probably better off skipping the bar altogether.

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