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Fat In Diet Foods And How You May Have Been Tricked!
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So, you’ve decided that you want to lose weight and you feel like you’re doing a lot of the right things. You’re exercising on a regular basis, you’re drinking lots of water and you’re eating a lot of foods that seem to be geared exactly for what you’re working towards –yet you’re not seeing any results. There are many reasons why this may be happening, but most often it is simply a case of putting the wrong lessons into practice.

There is a critical distinction that health experts are drawing between popular ‘health’ foods and foods that are genuinely healthy. ‘Health’ foods play on our intuitions and make claims that are hard to resist on their packaging like ‘99% fat free’ and similar things. While everybody wants to reduce the amount of fat in diet, it’s important to go about it the right way and knowing the most valuable information.

I’m going to let you in on a little trick about popular diet foods and supplements: their claims are very misleading. Not surprised? You shouldn’t be. There is actually a way around some of the common tricks of these supposed ‘health’ foods that we’re going to discuss in this article, so keep reading.

Most countries are lawfully required to print the caloric value of each serving of their packaged food, and some are also required to print the amount of those calories that are just from fat. Let’s use the example of supposedly ‘healthy’ cereal and illustrate how these numbers can be extremely misleading.

To learn this, it is crucial that you understand and apply the following calculation. Start by dividing the calories from fat by the total caloric value of each serving so that you are left with the fat percentage per serving of the packaged food. Second, multiply the fat percentage by the serving size to discover the real fat content of your food.

Let’s use the ‘health’ cereal example; on the package it says, per 30g serving, that there are 120 calories -20 of which are from fat- and 2 g of fat are in each serving. Using the calculations we know now, we divide 20 by 120 to get a percentage of about 17%, then we multiply that percentage by the serving size of 30g to discover that each serving has 5 g of fat. That’s literally 150% more fat that the package overtly claims. While these cereal doesn’t claim to be low in fat, it is still very clear how misleading nutritional information can be on food packaging.

Successfully applying these lessons about fat in diet foods will help you avoid mistakes, save money and achieve success faster. Remember to be conscious of the food you put in your body, usually the things that seem too good to be true are in fact just that.


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