Friday, November 24, 2006

food labels

http://www.diet-blog.com/archives/2006/11/24/food_labels_inaccurate.php

This is why I think programs like Weight Watchers or other calorie-counting programs aren't the greatest. I tend to think "Ohhh..I have four points left (or 200 calories)! What else can I eat?" whether I'm actually hungry or not. If the labels aren't correct on products, I may not actually have four points left. We bought some subs for a school fundraiser and on the label the sub was one serving for 350 calories. It looked awfully large to me to have so few calories, especially since it had on it salami, ham, and cheese. A serving size was one sub, __ number of grams (can't remember how many). I got out my food scale and weighed it. That sub was more than 1 1/4 servings according to the weight. If I had been counting calories, I'd have been over by more than a tiny bit.

It makes so, so much more sense to me to simply eat when I'm hungry and stop when I'm full. Most of my choices are healthy ones and I don't have to be afraid of holiday meals -- or any meals.

3 comments:

Isabelle said...

Well, that sounds pretty sensible to me. I certainly find that it's not eating when I'm hungry that's the problem; it's eating when I'm not hungry but just feel like eating something.

disordered girl said...

so true... I've known people in Weight Watchers who totally develop that attitude about points, too.

Like your blog!

Anonymous said...

I don't know if I agree with you on this one!

When I started counting calories I was blown away at how quickly calories added up. I realized that I had on average been eating at least 4,000 calories a day.

It helped me get into perspective what I should be eating, not only portion control but choosing healthier foods.

Specifically to your point about the "what else can I eat" feeling. I am ecstatic when I come in under my calories. Sometimes it's knowing that I only have a little bit left that helps me not have that cookie before bed, etc.

I guess it's all just how you look at it.

Anyway, thanks for the great blogging. I appreciate you putting yourself out there!