Sunday, September 11, 2016

What you eat matters !

If you pay attention to what you are putting into your body, you know there are some catchy words being used to lure you in. It's amazing that people are trying to look into their health but it can be a challenge to separate fact from fiction, especially while trying to figure it out in the grocery store.
Below are some common words that companies are starting to put on many products to make you believe they are healthier than another. Don't let these words fool you into choosing something that might be a bit far fetched from the truth.
Natural
-Natural placed on a food label should already raise a red flag. Natural is as close to the source as you can get it. Think potatoes, fresh veggies, and fruits. They are planted and picked. You don't see the nutritional label on these foods do you? No, because they are a one ingredient food. Taking a look at a boxed food that claims it's natural, how much can be said about that food? Natural is simply a marketing tool that companies use to make their products appear healthier. For instance, Palm oil is “natural.” High-fructose corn syrup is “natural.” Carrageenan is “natural.”But none of these things are going to benefit you. My advice, Read food labels carefully. Research ingredients that you don't know and start choosing foods in their truly natural state.
Calorie is a Calorie
-A calorie is a unit of energy. When people say a calorie is a calorie, they are inferring that quality of food means nothing and that quantity,places more value in the decision. A calorie affects every single person on the planet differently from the next. The important thing is to find a method that works for you, and then don't worry about other people and what they eat. You need to learn what your body likes and responds to. There are so many diets out there, you need to really find one that fits your lifestyle.
No Sugar
-No sugar on the food label does not mean there is no sugar in the product. Brown rice syrup, agave nectar, molasses, stevia, aspartame, and sucralose are all very common added sweeteners. But because they aren't plain white table sugar, companies can add them into products and still claim "no added sugar." Sugars occur naturally in plenty of healthy foods think of fruits. They contain sugar which is something to watch out for when you are tracking your food.
Weight Loss
-You have seen it all, weight loss fads that rear their ugly heads, There are so many that turn up every week, The media is always trying to add something "new" that is not really new. People want to lose weight and build muscle at the same time which is a very hard thing to do. It's fat loss we're after, not weight loss. We want to preserve and/or build muscle while losing fat. This is how we need to think of it. Throw away the bathroom scale. Weight loss was never about weight anyway. Find yourself a reliable and accurate way to track body composition such as progress photos monthly bi-weekly.
If you are really interested in taking your health to the next level, you should learn to understand these words and what they really mean. Don't allow your goals to be ruined by catchy words left on the labels. Look into the labels and get your nutrition on track !

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