Reading Labels

Discussion in 'Calorie Counting' started by FatmanSlimming, 26 August 2011 Social URL.

  1. FatmanSlimming

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    When I'm shopping I don't so much look at calorie content on labels as fat content, I go for stuff that's 5% or less fat (5g/100g)
     
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    I tend to avoid low fat stuff, as I struggle to get enough calories that way.
     
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    Actually what's on the labels is wrong. You need to work out the actual percentages of calories from fat calories in what is being consumed rather than the fat grams/100g.

    1g fat = 9 cals so taking this bag of mini ryitas I have at hand.
    fat/100g = 2.8g so you would class that as a low fat food right?

    9 x 2.8g = 25.2 cals total cals/100g = 312cals
    25.2 divided by 312 = 8% of your calories are coming from fat not 2.8%

    You will be surprised how many so called LF foods are actually 20-25% fat calories being consumed.
     
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    Oh ya that just made the brain boggle lol!! Il keep checkin me calories me thinks lol x
     
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    right there with you! Maths was never a strong point.:D
     
  7. hannata

    hannata I can haz cake?

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    "low fat" products are actually not always that good. A lot of them are extremely high in carbs, and will send you on a sugar crash, making you even hungrier. Yeah you don't wanna just eat a big fat sausage roll every day or whatever, but you don't have to go to huge extremes to get the lowest fat stuff possible. A balance is good, and if you want to spend your calorie budget on a bit of full fat butter it won't really do you harm and you should lose weight (provided you aren't abusing it, and measuring the amount etc)

    I'd be more likely to check whats actually in the product in terms of rubbish like additives, and i like to avoid "diet food" that has a very high proportion of carbs.
     
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    Hmm, I could be doing it all wrong then, I've never really counted calories, just gone for low fat. But then again I've never been a good dieter, either yo-yoing or surrendering to comfort eating.
     
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    Too much maths and complicated info for me.
    I like a treat from time to time, and have found a few low cal, low fat treats that work really well for me. Thats all I know :)
     
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    I find it amazing how many smart price/basic ranges actually have less fat than be good/light choices
     
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    I bought a few tubs of asda smart price cottage cheese the other night....0.6g per 100g, virtualy fat free
     
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    It's yummy as well
     
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    The thing is, low fat foods don't mean low sugar. A lot of weight watchers cakes for example are low fat but higher sugar than their non low fat counter parts. Personally, I don't think you can just follow one in isolation. I think you need to look at all of it, it's no good having a low fat intake if your calories are 3000 a day. At the same time, having 1200 calories a day with a high fat intake or sugar isn't great either. Personally I count my calories and try and keep my fat and saturated fat below a certain amount, avoid anything that's high sugar (unless it's fruit but don't go too crazy with that) and try to hit at least a certain amount of protein each day. Each person is different and will have different views and approaches but I think that that's the best way for me at least.
     
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    Caz Slimming down the aisle

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    I think you should share what some of these are :)
     
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    I think most people know my weakness. Cadburys Low fat chocolate mousse, 60 cals a pot. I rarely have only 1 ;)
     
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    THOSE ARE A DREAM!!!! Love them too :) If the pot was bigger and i could fit my mouth in it i would shamleesly lick it clean
     
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    If you was on a 1000cal a day diet you could have 15 of those and a slice of wholemeal toast ;)
     
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    Wow I'm on 1200! I feel a challenge coming on :)
     
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    even better, forget the toast, 20 pots
     
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    Ooh I think I may have to keep an eye out for these!
     
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    :8855: Loving the suggestions. I could easily sink 20 of those babies. I'm in if there's a challenge to be had!!!!

    OH walked in the other night laughing his head off at me, I hadn't noticed but I had some mousse all over my gob!!!! I love em :D
     
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