Can you lose weight without counting calories?
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By law food labels are allowed to be slightly inaccurate, as minor variations from pack to pack during manufacturing are difficult to avoid.
You’ll want to compare brands to see the differences in calorie content. But make sure you compare the ‘per 100g’ values. The alternative ‘per serving’ and ‘per portion’ values can be misleading, as brands vary in serving sizes. You may be surprised by how small a ‘portion’ of food is. Many foods are sold in increasingly large packets, which can make it difficult to keep track of portion sizes.
Nutrition labels sometimes provide information about how much of your body’s daily calorie requirement a food provides. This is referred to as ‘Reference intakes’ (RIs), and unless the label says otherwise it is based on the energy requirement of an average-sized woman doing an average amount of physical activity: 2,000 kcal per day. The RI is not intended to be a target, as energy requirements are different for all people.
If a food is labelled ‘light’ or ‘lite’, it should be substantially lower in at least one typical value, such as calories or fat, than standard products. But you may be surprised by how little difference there is between foods that carry claims to be ‘light’ or ‘lite’ and those that don’t.
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