Post # 1
Hi Bees- I’m looking for a little nutritional advice.
I recently started watching my calorie, sugar and fat intake. Not because I need to loose weight but because I want to make healthier choices.
However, I noticed a trend in foods. Most “reduced fat” and “low calorie” foods I’ve started substituting (peanut butter, yogurt, butter, cheese, margarine, snack-type foods) are loaded with chemicals, artificial sweeteners, and partially hydrogenated oils. The Nutritional Facts labels are always better, but it can’t help feeling uneasy substituting natural foods with chemicals just to reduce the calories and fat.
Do any bees have suggestions?? Is is better to eat low-cal/low-fat or eat the “less healthy” option that has natural ingredients??
Post # 3
I’m a HUGE proponent of eating the natural stuff vs. the low-fat stuff. While it’s appealing to eat things low in fat (and usually it’s those ‘treat’ foods), your body actually does need fat to function.
I’ve been paying attention to ingredient list more than nutrition labels. I figure our bodies were not designed to be processing all those chemicals and I always feel better when I’m eating less processed food.
Post # 4
Natural ingredients but cut out starches. I’ve lost 45 lbs. that I didn’t realize I had to spare!
Post # 5
Also – check out sugar levels in processed foods. I’ve noticed that some form of sugar is usually one of the top few ingredients in the product!
Post # 6
Natural whole ingredients always for me.
Low fat foods typically need to replace the fat with something so its either chemicals, sugar, starch etc so its not even always low calorie! And sugar and sugar subs are really the problem in losing weight (processed white grains are equivalent to sugar as well)
Fat is not bad. It is important for many vitamins, in helping you stay satiated, for your health, hair, nails, etc!
We dont know long term what these chemicals are doing to your bodies. But more short term the quality of your food will effect your weight loss goals.
I posted this yesterday here but its a good read.
“The study found that the ‘processed-food’ meal required nearly 50% less energy to digest compared with the similar ‘whole-food’ meal. …Over time, these excess calories can add up, potentially leading to weight gain for those who consume diets high in processed food…”
So… on a 1500 calorie diet, that is an extra 150 calories hypothetically. So at 3500 calories per kb you could gain or lose 1 lb per month based purely on your food choices- not the calorie content of them.
Post # 7
If you’re looking to lose weight then the low-cal is a better option. If you’re looking to purify your body then natural ingredients are the way to go. There are very few all natural products that are low in fat and calories, because so many natural things (fruits, veggies) already exist. Being natural means less processing and allowing something to be in it’s natural state and when taking out fat or calories, you’re defeating the all natural purpose
Post # 8
So I gave up processed foods for Lent in an effort to start eating better. Basically, I wanted to get away from convenience foods with tons of preservatives. I’m also counting calories and trying to lose weight. Now I haven’t always been perfect but I’ve been pretty good. I’ve noticed that after I cheat a little, I don’t feel as good. I’ve come to appreciate food in it’s natural form more and find that I would rather enjoy a smaller amount of something natural than a lot more of chemicals.
That being said, I’ll never give up my butter spray for my airpopped popcorn. 🙂
Post # 9
I agree with natural products. But, while losing weight, I usually opt for low cal bread (in small amounts) because it just is easier. But, there are brown rice pastas, brown rice, and cous cous which are good for you. I just add tons of veggies and lean meats to them. Veggies and fruits are naturally low fat and you can buy a lot of organic lean meats nowadays and 1% organic milk. I try for as natural as possible. It’s better for you in the long run.
Post # 10
Yup, I agree with @mtwitter80. If you’re looking to lose weight, low cal (NOT necessarily low fat) is the way to go. If you want to eat more healthily, then I would go for more natural foods.
Post # 11
Natural products all the way.
Post # 12
Isn’t shocking? When you look at the back /nutritional facts of most things in the grocery, it can be frustrating. And confusing, and expensive. It is hard to find things that aren’t filled with crap.
I definitely go for “real” foods vs. “diet”/ “natural”/ “low fat”. You can buy peanut butter that is just peanuts and poor the oil off the top if you want- or turn it upside down with a paper towel in it when you store it.
I find it hard to find foods without preservatives- they are in all kinds of things. I wish our culture was more involved in healthy eating. It feels so good. I just wish it was easier to do!
Post # 13
@mwitter80: If you restrict your calories you will lose weight – but, I guess see losing weight as getting healthy (vs. doing something like a Twinkie Diet – where all you eat is limited amounts of junk food). I don’t think that’s a very healthy way to go about it nor do I think it’s sustainable over any long period of time. I would think the other things you’d be doing to your body would counteract the benefits you’d have of the weight loss.
I think eating a combination of natural foods (even if some of them are higher in fat content or calorie amount) can still get you to weight loss goals (meaning, eating nuts or nut butters, while higher in fat/calorie content is beneficial to overall health, and as long as you aren’t eating 1/2 the container in one sitting on a frequent basis). If you are pairing that with other natural foods like veggies, fruit, lean protein & exercise – you’ll still lose weight.
Post # 14
I third (or fourth!) low cal. I’m also all about natural foods, though I have done the medifast diet with success (I’m guessing it’s full of processed ingredients)
Post # 15
@oracle: actually, according to this article, the Twinkie Diet guy actually improved his health. Not saying that it’s a good long term diet, of course!
It’s a simple fact that calorie counting is the way to lose weight–consume fewer calories than you expend and you will lose weight. Luckily, lots of natural foods are low cal–like fruits and veggies and other produce.
Post # 16
I greatly prefer natural foods over processed foods. I actually now do my grocery shopping at a “health food” store and it’s so much easier because they carry very few processed products. The prices are similar to other grocery stores in my area.