People say all the time "I Watch What I Eat" but still not losing any weight. When asked about cooking at home and which foods I get a strange look and glassy eyes. Home cooking is by some people considered healthy food is it. Knowing whats in the food by reading labels will assist in your weight loss program.
A better phrase
to use "Know What You Eat" will assist in a weight loss program. The
label on all food items will provide information on all the relevant
items such as fat, sugar, sodium, fiber. Knowing what food to avoid will
increase your chances of losing weight. Ice cream is my problem food
taste fantastic especially in the summer also high in fat. The high fat
put the weight on so must reduce the fat by not eating or look to
replace ice cream.
Let's go nine years back when first start on
my successful diet, or as it should be called a lifestyle change. I knew
nothing about reading labels and did not realize the information on the
label would be useful. Over time, I figured out labels and starting
looking for food items that healthier. The first thing to look for is
the calorie count and serving size. Figure out the calories per
servings and estimate how many servings you will eat, as most people
will consume, more than one serving per meal. Do the same for calories
from fat, the lower the fat the better. This may not be true in all
cases, keeping the fat down to 25% to 30% of total calories is an
excellent rule of thumb.
There are two types of fats, healthy and
unhealthy. Healthy fats are Monounsaturated Fats from nuts and some
oils and Polyunsaturated Fats from seafood and oils made from corn; soy
and sunflower are a few examples of healthy fats. The unhealthy fats
types Saturated Fats from meats, dairy some seafood, and some oils.
Trans Fats are manmade will be in some process foods with most items
showing zero trans fats on the box. Do your homework and research to get
a better understanding of the different fats will aid in the weight
Learn more about labels, do a search for "Reading
Food Nutrition Labels" on your favorite search engine. Now's time to do
your homework and learn about labels and the healthy and unhealthy fats.
Start making healthier eating choices at those fast food restaurants
and start eating healthier at home by knowing whats in the food. When
starting a weight loss program the more you know the better.