Smarter EatingWritten by Joe Maresca
Dieting doesn't have to be a chore. Actually, you can eat what you like and still cut pounds. How you ask? By smarter eating. For example, there are 7 days in a week. Let us say you eat clean for 2 days with third day being a cheat day. More times then not, you are eating well and still having what you like to eat. This has many benefits. You get to reward yourself for successfully eating correctly first 2 days and then you shocked your metabolism to burn even more calories by incorporating that 3rd day as your cheat day. When you eat clean for long periods of time, your metabolism adapts to this, so you have to shock you metabolism to kick start extra calorie burning. Some of easiest ways to eat smarter are,
1. Drink plenty of water during your meals. You will fill up on water and not consume extra calories.
Reading LabelsWritten by Joe Maresca
Reading labels is an essential part of any weight loss program. Being able to clearly identify key components of a food item is vital to success of your diet. You have to be careful when you read label and be extremely thorough. Labels are placed on food items because it is required by law. Marketers are forced to display this information but it does not keep them being tricky about it.
Lets take a look at a sample label.
See here we have Serving Size of food item. First we have Serving Size which is 1 oz. or 28 grams. Then there is Servings Per Container which is 16. This is where you have to be careful. On small items like a bag of chips or cookies, people tend to skip this part of label and go straight to Amount Per Serving Section. This where you will kill yourself. Most small items have a Servings per container with more then 1. They usually have 2 or even 2 1/2 servings per container. Not being aware of this, people do not correctly calcuate Nutrition Facts for that item. When they think they are eating 200 calories in reality they are eating 400 or even 500 calories.
Next thing to look at is Calories and Calories from fat. Most people only look at total calories. Here we see that this item has 190 calories. Not alot of calories. But here is killer. Calories from fat is a whopping 150. Making this item over 80% fat. A big misconception of people who read labels is, there is not a lot of saturated fat becasue lablel says only 2grams of saturated fat. Wrong, there is another 15 grams of fat. Where does this come from? My best guess is that about another 10 -13 grams of fat are trans fat which is fat responsible for obesisty.