How To Read Labels For Weight Loss

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 17:46 
We are taught that it's all about calories in vs calories out, and it is, but those calories matter, A LOT.

Be sure to read your labels.

The most common error in label reading is forgetting to look at the ingredients.

This concept has changed over the past 25-50 years, and education on it is slow to make you aware, coincidence or not, I'll leave that up to you to decide. 

Ingredients are as important as the oil you put into your car. If you pick better oil, the inside of your car will run better, the same is true when it comes to the food you pick for your body. 

Foods and especially packaged foods are filled with fillers, artificial ingredients, cheap food, it's how the government agencies have decided to "feed the world". 

If the subsuidies were for fruits and vegetables and not packaged food processes then the food we need to be eating would be cheaper. The thing about processed, packaged foods is that it's full of junk. Even worse, the junk is filled with additives and artificial sweetners that cause us to be addicted to the taste. If you've watched the documentary Fed Up, then you understand how addictive sugar is to our body. The food industry, for the most part, cares about making money, not your health or the health of your family. 

I digress, back to the ingredients. Ingredients should be foods you can read, that are not artificial sugars, flavors, or soy lecithin. These fillers are like running on bad gas for your car. Your food is your fuel, it provides your energy, your mental clarity, your health.

Ingredients are the MOST important thing to read on a label. 

What else should you look for on the label? 

How much protein is in it? How much sugar? How much sodium? 

You want more than 10g of protein, less than 10g of sugar, and low sodium. 

Another great way to track what's in your food is a food diary or an app I use and love is myfitnesspal.