Why you shouldn't eat salads for dinner if you're trying to lose weight (and what to eat, instead)

Have you ever gone home after a long day and made a boring, unfulfilling salad that made you dream of every other food? Have salads become your go-to meal to help you lose weight, even though you hate them? *Sigh*.

Well, I have good news: time to stop having salads for dinner.

Last time, I told you about the chart that helped me lose 40 pounds, and keep it off for the last 7 years without effort. Building off of that concept, I want to explain more about why you shouldn't have salads for dinner if you're trying to lose weight.

Now, first of all, salads are great. They do have a lot of nutrients, they are low in calories, and they're healthier than grabbing a fast food burger. And any health guru would say it's all about nutrients and calories in vs calories out, so they'd probably encourage you to eat salads.

Foods can either cool or warm up the body. Use this concept for weight loss.

But, from a food energetics perspective, foods can have either a cooling effect or a warming effect to the body. Anything that is raw like salads is considered cooling, digests relatively quickly, and will make you feel uplifted.

And as great as that sounds, it's not the way you want to feel right before you go to bed. Before bed time, you want to have something that warms your body, that calms you down after a long day at work, and that makes you feel nurtured.

Have you ever had a salad or fruit right before bed, then noticed you couldn't fall asleep because your brain was "on"?  This is exactly what you want to prevent to have a good nights sleep. And you can do that by having warming, calming foods - think soups, stews, curries, and baked foods.

So if salads are the only thing you've been eating for dinner, you might want to rethink your approach. A little side salad for crunch and color? No problem.

What have you been having for dinner? Leave a comment!