It’s great that we now have access to information about the foods we eat, like calories, nutrients, and whether it is GMO-free.
But has that information really done anything to solve our expanding waistline?
FACT: Americans are the most nutritionally educated consumer in the world, and yet we are the most obese country in the world.
Why? We have been reading labels very carefully over the past 40 years. We should have learned something from them by now.
But in reading all those labels, we have been lead to believe that foods are okay to eat as long as the calories are low. This is why food manufacturers recently added all those 100-calorie packs to their offerings.
“It’s just 100 calories, so it’s okay to eat, right?”
Now we are discovering that those 100-calorie packs of cookies are actually a lot worse for us than anyone could have ever imagined.
Before 1970, foods didn’t come with those big white Nutrition Facts labels –and America did not have an obesity problem.
No one knew what a calorie was and no one worried about eating fat from meat or dairy. Also, we rarely ate sugary or processed foods because they had to be homemade or purchased at a restaurant.
…and most everyone easily maintained a healthy body weight. You can see the dramatic difference just looking at family albums from the 50’s and 60’s and comparing them to images of families today.
Life seemed so care free back then! What happened?
In the late 60’s fat in food was deemed as the culprit for heart disease (while it was actually due to smoking) and all the food companies, medical experts and government began the fat-free revolution.
Sugar, High Fructose corn syrup, enriched white flour, being fat-free, were given a free pass. They are also cheap, and make inexpensive fillers (like pasta). And sugar enhances the flavor of foods so you eat more. Thus, the food industry began adding these ingredients to their foods. Within about 5 years obesity began its alarming increase. …and ‘dieting’ was born in the USA.
(We don’t believe there was a conspiracy or anything crazy like that! These folks were simply doing what they felt was the right thing.)
Fast forward to today. We have become convinced that natural fat (from meats, butter, and cheeses) is killing us and that grains and fruits should be the main staple of our diet. We have also been told that it’s okay to cheat every “x” number of days as long as you stay within your points or calories.
This thinking is incorrect. Reading labels and eating low-calorie in an attempt to control your weight won’t work.
The ONLY way to lose weight and keep it off is to learn to eat natural foods such as meats, vegetables, eggs, cheese, and nuts. In doing this, you automatically avoid sugar, high fructose corn syrup, enriched white flour, and most (if not all) grains.
No label-reading and no calorie-counting is required to do this.
Our goal at Personal Trainer Food isn’t to help you lose 10 pounds in one day. We want to help you transition from processed starches and sugars to natural foods so that you will learn how to eat right for the rest of your life.
So remember this: there is no need to analyze and fret over nutrition facts. Just eat the right foods– the ones we ate before America was obese.