Don’t be fooled by the food labels. There are words on there that we can’t even pronounce and others that don’t mean what they say. Reading the food labels is often stressful and overwhelming. To help ease the pain, I want to tell you about those sneaky little words that can potentially sabotage your weight loss success.
As much as you may not want to get annoyed by reading the food labels, it is imperative to do in order to make the cleanest food choices at the grocery store. The little black and white box on the back of the product can make or break your weight loss goal. And I’d rather be annoyed to have to read them all the time than be consuming something that will ruin my diet.
“Fat-free”- When labels say fat-free, it makes you think that it is good for you. Sure, it may be low in calories, but if it were as simple as that, the food would most likely taste terrible. So in order to make up for the bad taste, the manufacture will load the food up with sugar. Sugar is no better for you than calories and is not something you should look to in order to aid your diet.
“Light”- This is meant to by extremely misleading to you, the consumer. Think about it, what exactly does “light” mean? Does it mean lighter in color? Or maybe weighs a little less? Either way, it doesn’t have much to do with the amount of fat that’s in the food. For instance, in bread “light” may mean less carbs, but just as much sugar. In olive oil, it may mean lighter in thickness, but has just as much fat and calories as regular olive oil. My advice, just stay away from it altogether.
“Natural”- The government does not regulate who and what puts the word “natural” on their products. Therefore, an “all-natural” product may have no artificial colorings, but may have artificial sweeteners. Another product may not have any artificial ingredients at all, but loaded with calories, sugar and/or carbs.
“Sugar-free”- We’ve talked in the past about artificial sweeteners and how bad they are for you. Well, then a food label says “sugar-free”, you can almost bet that it’s because they replace the natural sugar with artificial sweetener- which is worse for you. These replacements cause bloating, gas, and even cravings that last long after you consume them.
Sounds confusing at first, but trust me, after a few times to the grocery store, you’ll become a pro at deciphering the difference between good food and bad ones, by the food labels. It will no longer be work and time consuming, it’ll become a habit that you don’t even realize you’re doing.
Here’s a tip to live by: If you can’t pronounce the ingredient or know what it means, don’t buy it! My advice is to eat as much organic or holistic as you possiblly can. You may think organic will cost you fortune, but you can find great deals at your local farmer’s markets. The quality truly tastes better and you’ll see how much better you feel after only one meal.
So next time at the grocery store, really keep a lookout for the food labels, you’ll be glad you did when you realize your favorite jeans can button again!