Calories - two out of three American adults need to eat fewer. A calorie is a measure of energy-producing potential. We gain body fat if we consistently eat more than we need and weight loss occurs if we eat less than we need.
The challenge arises when we fall into the “Calorie Trap. ” We are often tricked into our quest for energy balance (caloric intake = caloric expenditure). We wonder why when we wake up our pants don’t fit anymore or how can I possibly gain weight when I am eating very little. The “calorie trap” strikes again.
We underestimate the number of calories that we take in by not being aware of how calorie dense particular foods really are or what an appropriate serving size really is. This particular dilemma is leaving America heavier now than it was ten years ago.
The key to weight loss and avoiding the “calorie trap” is educating you by reading labels and making intelligent food choices. You should stop thinking about carbohydrates, fats and proteins, Atkins, or the South Beach Diet. You should start becoming aware of the caloric content of the food you are eating.
A few examples of how easily it is to fall into the “Calorie Trap” are shown below. You can avoid this trap with a little help of education and label reading and weight loss will be much easier for you.
Which of the following has more calories per serving?
1. Average bowl of Grape Nuts or Frosted Flakes?
2. English muffin with jam or a dry bagel?
3. 5 oz. of M&M’s or 5 oz. of yogurt raisins?
You will be surprised! Give it your best guess.
An average bowl of Grape Nuts has 600 calories vs. an average bowl of Frosted Flakes at 220 calories.
That morning dry bagel has 400 calories to the English muffin and jam’s 170 calories.
The M&M’s have 675 calories, while the yogurt raisins also have 675 calories.
Hopefully this will help you get thinking about calories and weight loss in the correct way. Paying attention to what you are putting into your mouth will help you see a difference in your waistline. Begin today!
Starting a food journal is the most effective way to become aware of your food choices, portion size, and calories you consume. This will answer all the questions and provide clear insight into your eating habits and patterns.
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