Calorie Counting

Looking for something to eat for breakfast? Are you concerned with calories? Most people on average consume about 500 calories or more eating the most important meal of the day, and this is just by eating a bowl of cereal ridden sugar, but doesn’t leave you satisfied, which results in eating more and trying to fight off cravings. Most people ‘buy’ into the context of the outside of the box on the front cover, quickly glance at the nutritional list, but very seldom read the actual ingredients list. The truth is; it doesn’t take much to slide by FDA regulations to put a product out into the consumer’s hands by using tricks such as using words that people can relate to, such as ‘heart healthy’, ‘lowers cholesterol’ etc. We make our choices based on branding and marketing rather than the actual truth. How can we not? Most people don’t want to look at the inside of a product much less rather study the contents of  a cereal box. Most people want to purchase what they are accustomed to, a product that has a familiarity to it.

However, Calorie counting, if not done correctly, can lead to a deficiency in essential vitamins and nutrients, which can eventually hinder your overall health.  Avoiding one food and holding onto another in an obsessive manner, or jumping on the next new fad because you heard it would lower your cholesterol or some other promise that sucks you right in, is only a recipe for disaster, because you end up focusing on that one product or trick, that you abruptly eliminate other nutrients, which is a setup for failure because when you lack certain nutrients, your body starts to shut down physically, but also mentally and emotionally. Remember the saying, “it’s not what’s on the outside, it’s what is on the inside that counts” or “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” Those sayings hold true in many arenas, but it most certainly applies to nutrition.  For example, one cereal that is extremely popular, Cheerios, over the years that they expanded their product to include “whole grain” “honey nut” ” peanut butter” and the list goes on..  Also, cheerios is a good example because it is marketed and infamously known for 2 important staples: lowering your cholesterol and heart healthy.

Bottom line, if you count calories, you more than likely are making choices regarding the number of calories while inadvertently ignoring the quality of the food that you are eating. And before you hold up in your hands in protest, I understand that a lot of foods with more nutritional value cost more, but at the same time, you get more in and outside of the box; they leaving you feeling full longer, and preventing you from overeating as well as keeps those cravings at bay. Try substituting at least one product- start with breakfast- that you purchased based on marketability and branding for one that is more nutritious simply because it just is. You’ll be surprised how making subtle changes, you begin to feel and look better. Let me know how you feel in the comments below or find me on facebook at: