Elchanan here. I am a guest here today at Vegan Fat Loss, and the other half of “two guys that lost 150 lbs.I think its now about 160 lbs but who is counting! I guess some people would call me a weight loss engineer. I tend to focus on the more technical side of all this. Like how to take something vegan and low fat and make it more tasty. Or how to lower the calories in a recipe while maintaining the flavor.Evidently its working, because I have lost almost 100 pounds doing it !
I would like to share an idea with you regarding labels. Specifically the label that you find on the side of your food, or “nutrition label” At least thats what the FDA calls it. However I am very skeptical. In fact,the label is probably somewhere between misleading and sinister. Let me explain further.
By the way, the FDA has a motto which is “Protecting and Promoting your Health”. But are the labels on your food accurate ? The short answer is “not really”, and here is why:
Let us take the label for 2% milk as an example. First of all, I think you will agree or believe that 2% or “low fat” milk as it is known around here is healthy right? After all, its milk and its low fat. Well the dairy council wants you to believe it, and apparently so does the FDA. But lets analyze the label on a container of low fat milk.
In reality the concept of 2 percent is misleading. Its designed to get you to think “okay 2 percent is fat, and thats low” right? I believe thats what most people think, but in fact its wrong. Here is why: This milk is 2 percent of fat by weight. But when we look at fat calories, its actually 37% calories from fat and 60% of that is saturated!
Here is another suprise. The FDA allows food vendors like restaurants to report that a hamburger for example, is only 10 percent fat, by including the vegetables and bun in the calculation as well. The bottom line is this, if you are drinking milk and eating hamburgers (we keep kosher-so we never do it together!) you are not getting a few percent of your calories from fat, its more like 30-40 percent, and the numbers you are reading on labels are misleading you.”Big Food” of course is benefitting from this ruse, because it allows them to push unhealthy and weight gain causing foods on the public!
In order to lose weight, you need to get your fat levels down, and one of the best ways to do it is to look at the labels of what you are eating and make your own calculations. One of the things that has really helped is figuring percentage of calories from fat, not by weight. If you follow a plan to get your fat calories as low as possible,along with everything else we discuss here… you will lose weight. I promise….