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Have You Fallen into the Diet-Food Trap?
Are you using up your
™ values on diet food that's low in calories and fat, but low in nutritional benefits, too?
You're at the grocery store, determined to eat right. What guidelines do you follow?
I'm looking for foods that are low in
values that will give my body what it needs.
I eat the foods I've always liked. I'll just eat less of them.
Nothing goes into my basket that isn't either low-fat, high-fiber or both.
You see a light version of one of your longtime favorite foods. What's the first thing you do?
Throw it in my shopping cart.
Turn it over and look at the label. What exactly has been reduced in order to make it "light?"
Head for the traditional version of the food or skip it altogether. All that sales talk is just a gimmick.
At your favorite morning coffee shop, which are you most likely to pick?
The muffin marked "low-fat."
The bran muffin. Bran always means low in
No muffin at all. If I don't know what's in it, I don't eat it.
Your grocer's ice cream aisle sometimes stresses you out. But you've managed to find some favorites that fit into your weight-loss plan, such as:
Strawberry ice cream. After all, there must be fruit in there somewhere!
Weight Watchers ice cream desserts.
If you see something labeled "low-fat," it means:
I can eat as much of it as I want.
The company has a good marketing department.
It's probably lower in
values, and better for me than things that aren't marked "low-fat."
When you look at a food label, your eyes gravitate toward the:
Fat, fiber and calories; the details I need to figure out
Vitamins, minerals and fiber information. I want to be sure I'm getting my Recommended Daily Allowance.
Fat grams only. The rest of it doesn't matter.
When it comes to fat, you prefer:
Think of your favorite "diet" fast-food option. Do you know how many
values it's worth?
I don't allow myself a "diet" fast-food option.
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