Ever wondered why you aren’t losing weight in spite of eating at regular intervals, not cheating on your diet, and limiting your calorie intake? Chances are that the sides you indulge in are packing on the calories. And you thought they were harmless, right? We give you 5 dishes to avoid if you want to lose weight!

Papad

Rice and dal seem like an incomplete meal without papad on the side. Papads can be fried – deeply unhealthy – or roasted – still unhealthy! They can be made from rice, flour, potatoes or chickpeas and are mixed with a variety of spices, salt, and oil. An uncontrolled serving of papad can amp your calorie intake and exceed your daily budget. The increase in sodium can lead to water retention, bloating, constant thirst and may even cause an increase in one’s blood pressure.

Calorie Counter: Masala Papad

Pickles

A spoonful of pickle can spice up any meal. It takes curd rice; adds a punch to aloo ka parathas, and makes theplas the best dish to snack on! However, pickles are loaded with calories because of the oil they are preserved in and their nutrition content is almost zero, as the vegetables and fruits are minced and dried, which takes away the nutritional value. Like papads, they are high in sodium due to a use of excessive salt for preservation.

Calorie Counter: Mixed Vegetable Pickle

Salad dressings  

If you think having salads at the start your meal will help you eat one less paratha, then go ahead and have a bowl! But only if the salad is not loaded with high-calorie dressings. You might as well eat the part if it is! Adding dressing to a salad can make the calorie content soar. Dressings such as Thousand Islands and Mayonnaise are loaded with calories, most of them fat. Stick to olive oil, lemon or low-fat yogurt instead!

Calorie Counter: Salad Dressing

Soups

Done right, a soup can be a healthy meal. But if the soup is loaded with toppings such as cheese, cream, and croutons, it’s far from healthy. Stick to clear soup with pieces of veggies and meats; shun all cream-based soup. And never pick up the soup sticks or dinner rolls that accompany your soup in a restaurant. That’s another side you don’t need! You can also try these healthy cold soups.

Calorie Counter: Cream of Mushroom Soup

Boondi Raita

This raita is a hot favourite with most of us. The curd is high in protein, low in unhealthy fats and the perfect aid for digestion. The problem begins when you add boondi, which is essentially fried globules of chickpea flour. The addition makes it a high-caloric food. Try alternate raita recipes using lauki, cucumber or onions to stay healthy and win the weight-loss quest!

Calorie Counter: Boondi Raita

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