It is definitely in your interest to know what goes into the food that you eat. This chapter looks at one of the really important things you should be doing every time you walk around the supermarket to do your weekly shopping. That is if you really want to not just lose weight but improve your health at the same time. They, afer all should be synonymous with each other. That is to make sure you read the labels on food items and learn what all that information actually means.
It wasn’t all that long ago when foods standards agencies made sweeping changes to the packaged food that we buy by forcing manufacturers to put nutritional information as well as a full list of ingredients on the packaging of foods. This enabled shoppers to discern exactly what they were buying. That way they could make informed decisions on whether to buy a product or not based on the nutritional and additive information provided.
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In some ways this was good for consumers and the industry both, as it gave the industry indicators on what consumers were prepared to put up with and for consumers, what to buy and what to leave on the shelf.
From a weight loss point of view, this is also very useful in understanding which foods are more likely to cause weight gain and which are not. This is the reason that you should always read those labels and make very sure you understand what it is that you are buying and what you will be putting onto your body in the way of ingredients, additives natural and artificial and most importantly from our perspective, calories.
Yep, it’s those good old calories again, but food packaging information allows you to plan your daily calorie intake allowance more closely by following the measures set out on that packaging. Of course you have to be aware that many manufacturers will put a calorie count per set amount of the product, so that it looks a lot better. For instance, you may have a packet of food that weighs, say 2lbs, and the packaging information may quote say 200 calories per 4 ounce serving, or something like that. This tells you that you should be aware that if you eat the whole pack, you will not be consuming a mere 200 calories, but eight times that amount, which is closer to 1,600 calories!
So if you are serious about losing weight and if you are reading this you most probably are, then you should read the labels on food before you buy. And if you do buy, then be sure to use the information on that label to work out how many calories each packaged food item will provide per serving and make sure you get it right!