Modern Eating Myth #1

Came across this little tidbit today from The Dieter’s Paradox.

If you are trying to lose weight, buying portion controlled snack packs are a good way to curb calories.

FALSE.

In a study at the University of Arizona, dieters given the choice between one large bag of candy and four smaller packs of mini-sized candy actually consumed more calories when they chose the portion controlled option. Because dieters thought they were making a “better” choice by grabbing the mini candy in smaller packages, they ended up eating more than they would have if they made the “bad” choice of regular sized candy in a larger bag

Once again, dieting is one of those things that you just have to say no to.

When I was recently conducting research for a large packaged goods company, many of the women I spoke with reported learning about nutrition from the front of boxes. The above point is what happens when you take your nutrition and dieting advice from big packaged goods companies that actually want you to buy more and more, thus eating more and more, rather than eating less, which is what we all should be doing.

Next time, instead of eating the snack pack, what about eating a Honey Crisp Apple or a handful of grapes? The more you train your taste buds to like the natural sugars in fruits, the more you’ll start to crave them over your current packaged favorites.

Think about this…if you swapped out your 100-calorie pack of Oreo cookies you eat every day for a Honey Crisp Apple, you’d be saving 20 calories. Over the course of a year, if you did this every day, you’d save 7300 calories, which is equal to 2 lbs of body fat! And you’re eating real whole food with fiber that keeps your blood sugar low. Not only will you lose weight, you’ll lose the stress of worrying about calories and over-eating. How great is that?

Peace, Love and Happiness – Mel

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