Weight Loss vs Weight Gain with Buffalo Chicken with Garlic Parmesan Potato Wedges
The Garlic Parmesan potato wedges in this dish are the real winner. A lot of people are curious how you keep the potatoes crispy after reheating and the answer is you don’t. Unless you use a toaster oven or pan fry to reheat you’re not going to keep them crisp. They’ll still taste great but you will lose texture. It’s a sacrifice we have to make for the convenience of meal prep. The difference between the two meals in this picture has a lot to do with the potatoes. In the weight loss meal there is about 1/2 of a potato and in the weight gain post there is a little over a whole potato. Potatoes get a bad reputation that isn’t deserved. People associate potatoes with French Fries and French Fries = bad. Firstly, French Fries made in fast food restaurants are deep fried in old oil that has had the chance to be oxidized. They are also heavily processed and mechanically produced. Whole potatoes are high in potassium and other nutrients when you leave the skin on. The problem with potatoes comes when you doctor them up so much that they are unnoticeable, hyperpalatable and overeat them. The potato wedges in this meal are certainly flavored and changed to make them more palatable but with meal prep, you can control your portion sizes.
Cutting back on the vegetables is usually the first thing I recommend when trying to add more calories to your meal. You certainly don’t need to and leaving a larger serving in your dish isn’t going to hurt but I find that it can be difficult to eat the volume of food needed when trying to gain weight. Vegetables are the first thing to go because they are high volume and low calorie. Not exactly conducive to weight gain, great for health. Weight loss and weight gain are different for everyone. Make sure your meals fit your specific needs.
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