Sometimes the foods we eat do not have a label telling us the nutritional contents of what we are eating. Typically, we always believe whatever people tell us about how healthy (or not) a particular food is for our diet, but maybe this person has the same problem as you – he believes that what someone told him is accurate also, so he didn’t even research about the amount of calories in each portion that he serves before he recommended it to you.
But lucky for me, I just stopped a disaster in learning my own lesson this week. Let me tell you how the story starts.
In my country, people say “all that glitters is not gold.” Since I always try to involve new foods in my eating habits, just to try to avoid boredom, I thought I found gold with a new item to include in my diet. I was so happy that I loved the taste so much, that I incorporated this new item in 3 of my 6 meals every day for a week & a half. I started to realize that something was wrong with me, I was keeping to my same exercises & routines as before, but I was gaining weight!! Was it my imagination? Maybe I just had too much sodium the day before, maybe it’s just water weight?
But the reality was when I met with my trainer & we did my monthly measurements to see my progress, my surprise was that this super healthy product caused me to gain 8 pounds in a week & a half and increase my body fat by 4%! I was devistated and tried to find an answer to this mysterious happening. But by sitting down & going through my food journal to review my new plan (thank God I always write down what I eat), my trainer pointed out that there must be something wrong with the new food I added in my meal plan.
I decided to do a little research online about this new food I had been eating, hoping that there was nothing wrong with it. I searched Google and the first thing that came up was a Wikipedia page, which is an excellent resource for researching ANYthing. I clicked the first result and almost passed out with what I saw, I felt like I got struck by lightning – in half a cup of this new food, there was 64 grams of carbohydrates.. what!?! I was eating this product 3 times a day, so let’s do the math: 64 grams x 3 times/day = 192 grams of carbs just from this 1 food, insane! I couldn’t believe it.
So I learned that not everybody has the same body or metabolism, and before I decide to put something in my mouth I should research the nutritional value & the proper portions to eat, before I end up with another 8 pounds. So next time you get advice or a recommendation on something to include in your diet, make sure it matches with your nutritional plan by researching its contents and serving portions.