Eat more and still weigh less

Published: 11 May, 2010 10:07 IST | Melissa D'costa |

Melissa D'costa shows you how to up portion sizes and keep your weight down. Here are six fatty treats that you can substitute with healthier alternatives

Melissa D'costa shows you how to up portion sizes and keep your weight down. Here are six fatty treats that you can substitute with healthier alternatives

Two slices of a 12'' cheese pizza = 600 calories

Alternative meal option:
1 Mysore Masala Dosa (310 calories) + one medium bowl of Aamras (168 calories)
Total: 478 calories

Know your food: Tomatoes, one of the main ingredients in Mysore Masala dosa contain lycopene known to prevent heart disease, while the aam in Aamras helps prevent sunstroke and dizziness.

German supermodel Heidi Klum, once described  by the whimsical designer Karl Lagerfeld as "too heavy" for the runway, was spotted tucking into a pizza on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills prior to the filming of her reality show earlier this month.

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Chicken Burger with cheese and mayo = 455 calories

Alternative meal option:
1 Aloo Paratha (290 calories), 1 Hara Bhara Kebab (125 calories) and one large glass of Watermelon juice (52 calories)
Total: 467 calories

Know your food: Watermelon is a rich, natural source of lycopene. Consuming the carotenoid lycopene has been associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer.

We'd heard rumours about Angelina Jolie's food guilt, which has something to do with world hunger. But given the option of living guilt-free, Angie would love to binge on burgers from a popular fast-food restaurant chain.


Two samosas = 700 calories

Alternative meal option:
Two medium bowls of Rajma (306 calories) and a plate of boiled rice (103 cals).
Total: 409 calories

Know your food: Rajma (Kidney beans) is a good source of cholesterol-lowering fibre. When combined with whole grains such as rice, kidney beans provide a virtually fat-free high-quality protein.

It might be hard to believe, but there was a time when Shahid Kapoor ate street food to save money. The maa ka ladla confesses to rajma-chawal being his favourite dish.


1 cup (210 gm) of mashed potatoes = 317 calories

Alternative meal option:
Grilled Chicken Breast (215 cals), portion of Roast Potatoes (43 cals) and a handful of boiled Asparagus spears (7 calories).
Total: 265 calories

Know your food: Grilled chicken breast contains amino acids, which are essential for burning calories and maintaining weight. Need to skim off more calories? Skin the chicken breast. Apart from being a good source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, copper, potassium, manganese, and dietary fibre, potatoes are rich in vitamin A, which helps prevent cancer in glands and organs with epithelial tissue. The dried roots of asparagus are used in Unani medicine as an aphrodisiac.

One serving of Pav Bhaji = 600 calories

Alternative meal option:
1 plate of Mutton Biryani (470 calories) with small bowl of tomato, onion and cucumber raita (60).
Total: 530 calories

Know your food: Mutton Biryani is a rich source of iron and protein. Protein contributes to growth and iron is needed for the formation of haemoglobin, which carries oxygen from the lungs to cells in the body.

One cup of chocolate ice cream = 286 calories

Alternative meal option:
Medium-sized bowl of Fruit Salad with Custard (237 calories)
Total: 237 calories

Know your food: Most fruit salads are incomplete without a generous serving of oranges: a fruit that is rich in vitamin C, which is vital for the proper functioning of a healthy immune system, and is good in preventing colds and even recurrent ear infections.


Bollywood hottie Kim Sharma might have been spotted on the ramp enjoying a decadent ice cream, but she says she would much rather choose ghar ka khaana over fatty treats any day. Kim claims to relish Indian, Continental, Italian and Chinese food with Indian cuisine being her favourite.

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