The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Nutrition Facts label appears on most packaged foods (see Figure 1). It tells you how many calories and servings are in a box or can. The serving size varies from product to product.
A portion is how much food you choose to eat at one time, whether in a restaurant, from a package, or at home. Sometimes the serving size and portion size match; sometimes they do not.
Truth: Many fast foods are unhealthy and over indulging in them will likely cause you to gain weight. However, you can eat fast food on occasion and simply choose menu options with care. Whether your are eating out, on-the-run, or at home the basic rules are the same: choose healthy foods that are nutrient rich, low in calories, and small in portion size.
Truth: You do not need to be active for long periods to achieve your 150 to 300 minutes of activity each week. Experts advise doing aerobic activity for periods of 10 minutes or longer at a time but you can spread these sessions out over the week.
To lose weight the calories you burn must be greater than the number of calories you consume. This video and the steps below will help you determine how many calories you need to maintain your weight, and how to calculate how to reduce your calories to lose weight.
Instead of thinking “if I was only skinny I would be happier” or “people would like me more” focus on what losing weight can really do for you and for your health. Here are just a few wonderful ways that losing weight can help improve the quality of your life that has nothing to do with what people see on the outside.
Eating lean meat in small amounts can be part of a healthy plan to lose weight. Chicken, fish, pork, and red meat contain some cholesterol and saturated fat, but they also contain healthy nutrients like iron, protein, and zinc.
People with pre-diabetes who lose roughly 10 percent of their body weight within six months of diagnosis dramatically reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes over the next three years, according to results of research led by Johns Hopkins scientists.
From stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline, to ketosis, dehydration, sodium, and citric acid; here are 5 ways diet soda could be stalling your diet or even causing you to gain weight.
This video shows how the body converts all calories we eat into some form of energy.
- 1 gram of carbohydrates = 40 calories
- 1 gram of protein = 4 calories
- 1 gram of fat = 9 calories.
However, the above are all converted to different things in the body. Carbohydrates are converted to glucose and other sugars; protein is converted to amino acids, fat is converted to glycerol and fatty acids.
Looking to get to or stay at a healthy weight? Both diet and physical activity play a critical role in controlling your weight. You gain weight when the calories you burn, including those burned during physical activity, are less than the calories you eat or drink.