Friday, September 28, 2012

Food Facts: Read To Lose (Weight)

A new study from the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela in Spain (Published in the Agricultural Economics Journal) found that reading food labels could help you lose weight!
And females (pay attention here)
who read food labels,
weigh about 8.8pound (4kg) less 
than those who do not read labels! 
Yeah, yeah, I know were all hoping I was going to say that all you haft-a do is read Fifty Shades of Grey and you'd lose weight.
No, of course I wasn't going to say that. 
I am too boring for that! 
Reality Check:
I just got in a late day 6mile run, and here I am on a Friday night with the
thought that stretching, foam rolling
and eating grilled veggies with goat cheese on fresh panella 
is the perfect end to a hectic week!
No Fifty Shades.
Sorry, just Food  & Label Facts!
This study makes a big correlation specifically amongst women who read food labels and their weight versus men who read food labels and their weight. Perhaps this is because there are only about 58% of men, compared to 74% of women, read nutrition food labels?
So, what are you waiting for guys?
Read your food labels!
'Cause on average, women who read nutrition fact labels have a Body Mass Index (BMI) value that is about 1.49 less than the women who do not read labels!

The study also pointed out that people who do not regularly make healthy, conscious decisions, like those who smoke cigarettes, usually don't read food labels, and subsequently, tend to be heavier!
So, I know what your wondering ....
'What do I need to know when I look at the Nutrition Facts on a Label?'
They make the labels so complicated these days!
 What do I really need to look for?
The Food & Drug Association has a great website on how to understand the Nutrition Facts on a label. They break it down into about six or seven easy sections: Serving Size (Portion Control is key, here), Calories per serving, Nutrients you should limit (like saturated fat or trans fat), Nutrients you want to get enough of (vitamins & minerals) and the difference between being "LOW" in something (5% or less) or being "HIGH" in something (20% or more) and lastly, Percent Daily Values.
Check out the FDA Site.
Learn How to Read Food Labels
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