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Watch The Label: Calorie counts are not always accurate!

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Calorie Counting May Be Causing You To Get Fat!

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If you’re looking to burn fat so that you transform your body and look great naked, counting calories can be an effective component to your weight loss efforts.

But if you’re calorie counting and eating out or buying frozen foods you may want to consider this when you do your math…

researchers have found some large discrepancies between what’s on the labels and whats in the foods.

In the following video the New York Times play calorie calorie detectives.

The Real Math Behind Food Labels

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As you have seen from the New York Times video, not all food labels are accurate. The American Diabetic Association came up with the same findings.

Their study showed calories can be considerably higher then what gets reported.

They took a look at food served in 29 chain restaurants. Along with 10 frozen meals you can find in the freezer at your local supermarket.

The results were disappointing.

The calorie content was well under represented with an average variance of 18%.

A few of the tested items:

  • A package of Lean Cuisine shrimp with angel-hair pasta. Listed as 220 calories. Research concluded meal came in at 319. That’s close to 100 calories more. That’s about 45% more than the package.
  • A Wendy’s grilled chicken sandwich. Listed at 260 calories. Study found it to contain 344.
  • A Denny’s serving of grits. Reported 80 calories. Tested, 258. That’s over 300% more.

Not all was bad.

Some restaurant menu items came in under their advertised calorie counts. It was rare, but it did happen. Of all the items tested 15 of them came under their advertised counts.

  • A dry English muffin, at Denny’s, had 6% less calories than listed on the menu.
  • A piece of thin-crust cheese pizza at Domino’s was listed at 180 calories, but only had 141.

A few restaurants came clean. They even their dishes contained more calories than listed. But with that said they cite the FDA’s policy of a 20 percent margin of error for packaged food. However, the FDA does not specify maximum overage for restaurant meals.

Frozen meal makers play it safe with the content in their packages. The can face stiff penalties if their products are found to be underweight so the tend to be cautious and tend to err on the side of heavier portions.

Anyone who counts calories by using the figures on menus in fast-food restaurants or on the packages of frozen meals may want to count again.

This means that you will have to keep this in mind if you find your diet is failing you. If you are not losing weight you may have to cut your calories by 20 percent. If you are losing weight then congratulations keep doing what you are doing you are on the right track.

Make sure you watch to for serving size…

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