The Balance of Calories

By: Nikki Nies

While calorie counting may not seem like the most appealing way to loss weight or maintain weight loss, it’s a tried true way to become more aware of what one’s eating.  The up side? After a while, you’ll get a better idea of what portions are and you won’t be as dependent on your nifty Calorie Count handbook.20120530we-comparing-low-and-high-calorie-snacks-989x721

Not all nutrients contain the same calories.  Carbohydrates and protein contain 4 calories per gram while fat contains 9 calories per gram.Opting for fruits, vegetables and low fat foods are recommended as their more “bang for you buck.” In addition, if you consume foods that are higher in fiber, you will feel fuller longer.

Check out the diabetes exchange list for some common serving sizes.

The trick: getting a better grasp of what a serving is, how to interpret nutrition facts label and not being fooled that all small packages have small calorie amounts (i.e. see picture to left).

The struggle is being aware of calories, but not allowing it to consume you.  You want to be able to enjoy what you’re eating and not be consumed by how much you’re eating!


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