In my book, “the shredded life”, I describe the simple equation that dictates whether we gain, lose or maintain our weights: calories in vs calories out. How much we eat vs how much we burn.
It is thus logical to attempt to get a grasp on what we consume: the calorie in part of the equation.
If you aren’t familiar with calories and macros, I recommended purchasing my book or finding some information through Google.
The reason to read labels is that they enable us to make informed decisions. By looking at a label we can choose the lower calorie version of cereals we like. We may decide to go with a low sugar and higher protein variety.
Reading labels also reveal artificial ingredients we may want to avoid like colourings, preservatives and other chemicals. The labels will also highlight allergens that we may need to avoid ( think lactose or nuts).
Reading labels allows us to use the principle of substitution. It allows us to make better and better nutritional choices at a slow but sustainable rate. Small changes can have a huge impact on the quality of food we eat, on our health and finally on our weight.