An Easy Way to Lose Weight: Read Nutrition Labels

January 4, 2013 | By | Comments (7)

Shelf of Food

If you’re resolved to bid farewell to a few pounds in 2013 (who isn’t?), it may be possible to put away the diet books—provided you do a little light reading in your grocery store’s aisles instead. A 2012 study published in the Agricultural Economics Report showed  that women who scrutinize nutrition labels have an average body mass index that’s 1.49 points lower than women who ignore that fine print. (For a woman of average height and weight, that translates to an 8.6 pound difference—which is probably right around what you’re hoping to shed.)

So why not give it a try? At the very least, you’ll become better informed about the food you consume. (If you’re not sure how to read a nutrition label, check out our no-fuss decoder. And if you’re really feeling ambitious, you can also read five additional tips for losing weight.)


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    […] Women who read nutrition labels weigh on average 9 pounds less than women who don’t, reports Real Simple magazine, and their body mass index (BMI), a ratio of body fat based on an individual’s height […]

    January 5, 2013 at 11:24 am
  2. inspirespice

    It’s common sense. If you are taking the time to read labels then you are more health concision than someone that doesn’t know what they put into their system. .

    January 8, 2013 at 11:55 am
  3. Millie

    I also try to shop the perimeter of grocery stores seems like the middle is where all the high calorie processed foods are. Great article keep posting.

    January 31, 2013 at 9:31 am
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    March 15, 2013 at 2:13 am
  5. frank edgart

    This a great tactic that people have got to remember when shopping. Read the labels so you know exactly what you are putting into your body. Great diet tip, thanks!

    April 24, 2013 at 6:10 pm
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