Searching the internet you can find tons of tips on how to shed pounds and one you may not have heard of is closely checking nutrition labels. Properly evaluating the nutrition label provides you with a great amount of information that can be beneficial to your transformational weight loss goals. If you wish to lose weight fast and improve your body image, here are three basic ways to do just that:
- Analyze the ingredients listed. On every individual nutrition label the Food and Drug Administration requires that contents be listed in “descending order of predominance by weight.” What this means is that the ingredient of the highest amount within that particular product is listed first and the ingredient with the lowest amount is listed last. Therefore, a good rule of thumb is to refrain from purchasing any food or beverage item with sugar or high fructose corn syrup listed in the first three ingredients on the label. Sugar and high fructose corn syrup happen to be our bodies’ number one enemy if we are overweight and wish to shed pounds. Sugar is a carbohydrate and it eventually turns into fat stored in the body. High fructose corn syrup will do the same thing, only faster due to its higher glycemic index.
- Compare the sodium to the calories. Excessive salt in your diet can leave you bloated, cause you to retain water (edema), and make it much harder to lose fat. An easy way to remedy this problem is to compare the amount of sodium listed on the nutrition label to the amount of calories. You can interpret the sodium content one of two ways. The first way is avoid purchasing any item that has more milligrams of sodium than it has calories. So, if any given product has 70 calories in one serving and contains 80 milligrams of sodium, then leave it on the shelf and choose something else instead. The second method is to simply match your entire day’s consumption of calories to your total daily intake of sodium (in milligrams). This would require that you keep track of the total amount of sodium and calories that you intake throughout the entire day. At the end of that day you are able to compare them. For example, if your calorie intake is 2,000 calories, then your sodium intake should be 2,000 milligrams, or less if you’re overweight and want to lose weight fast.
- Beware of the fats that you eat, and eat more of the right kind. Most nutrition labels list total fat which includes unsaturated fats, saturated fats, and trans fats. Typically when people see the word “fat,” they automatically translate that into something negative. But, on the contrary, when examining nutrition labels unsaturated fats are something you should strive to get sufficient amounts of to enhance your weight loss goals. There are two unsaturated fats – monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. Sometimes nutrition labels don’t list the unsaturated fats, but in that case you can always subtract the saturated fats and trans fats from the total grams of fat to get the amount of unsaturated fat per serving. These unsaturated fats help your liver with detoxification helping to offset any increase in body fat. That results in the scale tipping in the right direction increasing your self-esteem and improving your overall health and wellness.
By reading nutrition labels carefully you will be able to make informed and healthy choices about what you are really eating. Then you’ll be better equipped to choose the best options for general well-being as well as weight loss.
* Medical Disclaimer: This blog article is for informational purposes only. The information discussed here does not take the place of treatment from a licensed physician or healthcare professional. The author expressly disclaims responsibility from any adverse effects arising from the application of any information contained in this blog. All information is anecdotal – based solely on the opinions, observations, experiences and interpretation of data available to the author.