‘The Little Things That Make a Big Difference’ is an article series outlining weight loss and diet interventions that may seem insignificant, but can make a huge difference to the success of your diet plan.

Check food labels

One of the best things you can do to empower yourself in your weight loss efforts is to learn that foods that “look” healthy, and labels that SAY ‘healthy’ are often misleading.

You walk into the store, looking for a healthy pasta (for example). You’ll find a whole range of options from the cheaper pastas (made from white, refined flour and full of chemicals); you’ll see traditional Italian pastas (made from stoneground flours and low on additives); you’ll see ‘whole wheat’ pastas (which everyone thinks is healthier); and many other versions of the product

So what can you do to help you decide on what pasta to buy?

Well, you need to make two decisions.

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First, which TYPE of pasta do you buy. This comes down to your health beliefs. I’d buy the most traditional one I could get, but you may not see it that way. After that, you need to invest time in reading the labels on each BRAND of the type of pasta you have chosen, in order to figure out which one is actually what you are looking for.

Look at the ingredients list. Find the product with the most simple, recognisable, and familiar ingredients. If it’s full of chemicals and preservatives, put it back on the shelf – you don’t want that in your body!

Check the sugar content, and make sure that what you’re eating is something that your body can really use to build muscle, and add nutrients to your system.

The issue here is that you need to empower yourself to choose well, and that can only be done when you read the labels on your food products. Start today.



Take a look at the articles below for more information on the little things that make a big difference to your weight-loss goals:


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