Help with nutrition labels?

I want to drop a few pounds, and I'm just wondering what I should look out for on nutrition labels.

Fat calories? Saturated fats?

I'm also a vegetarian if that means anything...

I'm trying to also get more protein, so for dinner a meal I have often is whole wheat noodles with reduced sodium soy sauce, sesame seeds with a bit of sea-weed.

I'm not one of those health freaks either though.

I'm about 119 currently and 5'4 and 3/4

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Ummm, I don't know why you'd think you're too heavy at that height and weight, but there's a difference between looking at nutrition labels just for losing *weight* and for being *healthy*.

    For losing weight, you'd mostly want to concentrate on calories (and portion size, which is equally important).

    For health though, you'd want to check out the numbers for calories, but also for fat (especially the saturated fats), sodium (which could make you hold water in your body a little too), fiber, and sugar. And you'd also want to know the amount of various vitamins and minerals.

    It's not that easy in this society to get "too little" protein though *except* for vegetarians.

    Vegetarians need to get their protein "complete" from eggs, milk, butter, cheese, etc. But when they get it from sources of "incomplete proteins," they need to make sure they're getting the combinations of incomplete proteins that will make up a complete protein (and that they get enough of it).

    Some examples of incomplete protein sources which "complement" each other are legumes (beans, lentils, soy beans, peanuts, "pulses," etc), whole grains (brown rice, whole wheat, cornmeal, oats, etc), and seeds/nuts (almonds, walnuts, sesame seeds, etc). For each complete protein, pick one food from two of the three groups, and eat them on the same day at least if not at the same meal.

    You can read much more about nutrition amounts, etc., and especially if you're a vegetarian about complete proteins, in some of these links:

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=incomplete+pr...

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=nutrition+lab...

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=nutrition

    And check these for lots of healthy vegetarian recipes that can also help with weight if that's really needed:

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=healthy+veget...

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=healthy+veget...

    P.S. Your dinner doesn't sound very healthy because it *lacks* more vegetables, and fruit, at least, has no calcium, etc.

    P.P.S. All of that above is not considering "exercise" too which is totally important for health, and can also aid in losing weight because it both burns off calories you've eaten and builds up muscle (which is like adding more fat-burners to your body which work even when you're resting).

    HTH,

    Diane B.

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  • fortes
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    4 years ago

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