Watch the Fine Print When You’re Watching Your Weight

It’s okay to go off your diet once in awhile.  We all do it now and then.  Just be careful not to do it every day or so.  Maybe once a week is good for you.  The problem may not be how often we fudge a little, but what it is we choose when we cheat.  You can stop by Starbucks for a cup of coffee or you can have Starbucks Venti (20 oz.) White chocolate Mocha with 2% milk and whipped cream.  If you give in to the Venti, you will be taking on more calories than if you had a McDonald’s Quarter Pounder with Cheese!  You would be adding 580 calories and 15 grams of saturated fat.  Of course you could have the Venti with non-fat milk and no whipped cream.  That would be 130 calories less.

Maybe you like Marie Callender’s Chicken Pot Pie.  The 16.5 oz.  package proudly says “only 520” calories.  If you read carefully that is for only half a pie!  Eat the whole thing and you will have consumed 1,040 calories, more than a day’s worth of saturated fat, and an entire day’s worth of sodium.  Split it with your honey.

The labels are tricky.  Watch carefully for not only calories, sodium and saturated fat amounts, but also for the serving size, the number of servings in a package, and how they use weights and other measurments.

It helps to decide on how many calories you want to consume in a day and keep track of them.  Treat yourself every week or ten days with one of your favorites,  check the fine print and decide if it’s worth it.  If it is, then enjoy it, then go back to your diet plan for the next meal.

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2 responses to “Watch the Fine Print When You’re Watching Your Weight

  1. There are very few milk shakes in America worthy of your hard-earned calories, but few will punish you as thoroughly as this Mickey D’s drive-thru disaster. Not only does it have more than half your day’s caloric and saturated fat allotment and more sugar than you’d find in Willy Wonka’s candy lab, but Ronald even finds a way to sneak in a full day of cholesterol-spiking trans fat. The scariest part about this drink is that it’s most likely America’s most popular milk shake.

  2. Yes, the labels are tricky. And if you are not careful, you end up thinking you have eaten your limit when in fact you have eaten more. The tricks of marketing – we have to learn to work around them.

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