3 Simple Rules for Reading Food Labels for Fatloss
My son gets a kick out of reading food labels. Just yesterday he was commenting how the serving size for the Organic's brand of blue corn chips we buy (to eat with our homemade guacamole) is 10 chips and who's actually going to eat just 10. It was clearly a rhetorical question followed by "why bother even eating this food".
I have to say that I was neither shocked or amazed at his comment. Most kids are more honest than adults when it comes to what goes in their bodies and how much they move on a daily basis.
Here's the 3 most important things you need to know about how to read food labels or forget foods labels and get started with 55 lean body foods. The 55 foods to eat for fatloss, energy, health and a flat belly.
Reading Food Labels: Know Your Serving Size
The most important part of the food label is the serving size. If you are trying to create a caloric deficit in order to burn fat then you must control calories to get results.
This is very easy to do if you're eating lean proteins, fruits, veggies, and minimal amounts of non-processed grains but most of us eat packaged foods from time to time and we're not always aware of the serving size.
Be smart about reading food labels and learn what the serving size is. If the package says 100 calories but has 3 servings and you eat the entire thing then you just ate 300 calories. Even though some food labels now contain calories for the entire package many people are still confused about that.
Portion out your food to avoid consuming more calories than you need and if you can't control portions (as shown in the funny video here) then do what my 9 year old suggests and don't bother eating that food until you learn to control portions.
Reading Food Labels: Look Closely At The Ingredients List
Another thing my 9 year old is very good at is knowing whether a food has high fructose corn syrup or any other type of artificial sweetener, colorings, etc. He knows if any nasty additives or preservatives are in the top 5 then that's not a food we will be buying regularly so don't bother asking.
If you want to lose fat faster than ever then make sure the first 5 ingredients of any food you eat are actually food and not added sugars, hydrogenated oils, soy, additives, coloring, or other things you can't even pronounce. If you just stick to this rule, you could lose 5-8 pounds in the next two weeks. I am not kidding about this. I've seen it happen with clients and family members.
Learn how to choose healthy food with Eating Between the Lines: The Supermarket Shopper's Guide to the Truth Behind Food Labels
Reading Food Labels: Looking Past Deceptive Health Claims
There are tons of fake health foods out there making all kinds of health claims and it's hard not to fall for all the marketing hype because labels are designed to confuse you.
The fact is none of those claims matter if the food isn't nutritious and if it does not provide decent calories per serving. Not many packaged foods do either of the above so be sure to look past the claims and get to what matters; the serving size and the ingredients list.
Just because a food label says it's fat free, low carb, organic, blah, blah, blah, doesn't mean it's good for you. Look past the claims and go straight to the back to look at the ingredients, serving size, and especially look for ingredients that your body is sensitive to like glutten, soy, wheat, etc.
Better yet just avoid most packaged foods! Watch the video to see how deceptive food labels are. The truth from a former Kraft food employee.