Although calories are only part of the picture when it comes to weight management, reading labels to check the calorie count is important. But be careful! Manufacturers will sometimes trick you into thinking a product is lower calorie than it really is by manipulating the serving size. Look at what the labeled serving size is. If it’s an infant-sized morsel and the calories per serving is 350, that means having a normal sized serving that will satiate you will be a whopping 700 calories! The standard daily caloric intake guidelines are 1,800-2,200 calories for adult women and 2,200-2,500 for adult men. (These calculations vary according to physical activity and individual biochemistry.) So, if you choose a food with 700 calories per serving, keep in mind that it is approximately one-third of your daily calorie intake.

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That’s why whole foods are inherently better for you than processed packaged foods. Aside from the many phytonutrients in natural food, and the absence of harmful fake substances that disrupt how our bodies work, whole foods are generally much lower in overall calories while still packing a big nutritional punch.

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