Monday, December 3, 2012

Be Aware

Have you noticed that a lot of foods at the grocery store now say "Healthy", "Low Fat", "Light", "Sugar Free" or "Fat Free" on the packaging? These labels are used to make you feel like you are making a healthy, wise nutritious choice while shopping. I have been so frustrated over the past few years because it appears to me that often the foods that have this advertising on it turns out to be high in calories! Yes maybe it's fat or sugar free, but that is just one thing to consider. Sometimes to cut the sugar or the fat out of a product a substitute ingredient is used, and often those ingredients increase the calorie count! You have to check the nutrition labels and don't just trust that because a product says that it is low fat, or fat free that it is healthy, or your best choice. If you are trying to lose weight you need to look a little closer at the nutrition label. If you only look at calories and don't factor in fat, protein, fiber, etc, then you only get part of the picture. Same thing if you only check the fat or sugar content. You may think you are making a wise choice because the label says it's fat free, meanwhile you are shooting yourself in the foot because the calorie count is the same or higher than the original product! This can set you up for frustration when weight loss doesn't occur as easily or quickly as you expect.

So be sure to check your nutrition labels and compare! Know what you are buying and how it will affect your eating plan!

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