FDA to require calorie labels?

Counting calories is important.  But 100 cal sugar snacks aren’t the answer! #100lbs #obesity

Eating snacks like the ones pictured above, full of sugar, will raise your sugar, cause insulin to be released, and then cause your sugar to plummet – and an hour later you’ll be eating 1, or 2, or 3 more packs…  It’s not lack of willpower – it’s physiology.

Better to eat nutritious foods that are higher in protein, complex carbs, and healthy fats.  These will keep you satisfied longer.

I counted calories for the first 6 months of my weight loss.  Over time, my eating became more automatic, and repetitive.  Boring?  Not really.  Do I like the results?  Absolutely!

The LA Times reports that the FDA is considering having all fast food chains post calorie information.

In the latest attempt to gain ground against the nation’s epidemic of obesity, the Food and Drug Administration proposed rules Friday that require restaurant and fast food chains to post the calorie content of standard items on their menus…

As a result, while most public health and nutrition specialists welcomed the new rules, few suggested they would make a substantial difference in the epidemic of overeating that adds an estimated $150 billion a year to the nation’s medical bill.

“Nobody thinks that calorie information by itself solves the problem, but it’s part of the tool kit,” FDA deputy commissioner for foods Michael Taylor said in a brief interview. “We see this as part of the overall effort to fight obesity.”

I used to be unable to resist the iced lemon pound cake at Starbucks.  I’m not sure that seeing the awful nutrition info for it (see below) would have kept me from ordering it.

Now that I avoid simple sugars, I no longer find my mouth watering as much when I order my green tea at Starbucks – and I haven’t had that cake for 3 years!  For me, not eating the cake today keeps me from wanting it tomorrow.


Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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