There are many obstacles in the weight loss process and unfortunately, many people do it. This is one of the reasons why many people fail in their diet. This is the estimate of calories consumed. People underestimate foods and at the end of the day, they have eaten too many calories. You can find someone who claims to eat 1,200 calories a day and in fact, it’s 3,000 calories. Unexplained disturbance in body weight regulation is a good study that shows.
Another reason why people fail is the food you buy. This is something I didn’t know until I wrote an article about it. I was so surprised and angry at the same time because you have to find out for yourself. Nobody told me about it and it’s the same for most people. You can eat more than expected with prepackaged and prepared foods. Why? Because FDA inspection allows food manufacturers to under-report calories by 20%.
Here is the extract of CFR – Code of Federal Regulations Title 21 (Information is current as of April 1, 2019):
A food with a label declaration of calories, total sugars, added sugars (when the only source of sugars in the food is added sugars), total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, or sodium shall be deemed to be misbranded under section 403(a) of the act if the nutrient content of the composite is greater than 20 percent in excess of the value for that nutrient declared on the label. Provided, That no regulatory action will be based on a determination of a nutrient value that falls above this level by a factor less than the variability generally recognized for the analytical method used in that food at the level involved.
FDA means the Food and Drug Administration. It’s s a federal agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Check the equal of this department in your country to find out what percentage they allow. This is good information to know.
There is something else about the food label. Do you think that at home you have the same cup as that used to make the label? No. Imagine, you want to eat oats. So, on the label of the oat can, one cup is 81 grams, which means 307 calories. In your kitchen, you take the first cup you see, this cup is 100 grams, it means 379 calories. 307 calories on the label, 379 in your kitchen, then you eat 72 more calories.
It’s the same thing when you follow a recipe. You always have problems because you don’t have the tools described in. So you do with what you have, it’s normal.
It’s time to have a summary of 3 underrated weight loss obstacles:
- People underestimate the quantity of food they eat
- FDA inspection allows food manufacturers to under-report calories by 20%
- When cooking, your cooking tools are usually larger than those used to make label foods or recipes.
I’m not asking you to correct all these errors with scientific precision. The first step is to be aware of it. Then little by little on a daily basis, you’ll find solutions in your own way and you’ll gain experience. Be consistent and the results will come.
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