A huge part component of fitness comes down to nutrition. You can exercise, get lots of sleep, and drink plenty of water, but if you don’t eat well your body will not thrive.
That begs the question: Do you take the time to read your food labels?
According to a research report in Time Magazine, 37% of people claim to “almost always” check the label on food before they buy it, but only 9% claimed to actually know what they were looking for.
This makes sense. Food labels often contain so much information that it can be really challenging to decide whether a food is healthy or not.
How To Simplify Food Labels Using The “CSSI Method”
Would you take the time to read a food label if there were just 4 things you needed to check?
Well, I have some good news for you – This is exactly what the “CSSI Method” does. It focuses on the 4 most important pieces of information that are found on every food label. This allows you to quickly determine if a food is a healthy choice, or if it should be put back on the shelf.
The CSSI Method doesn’t promote counting your daily calories (that’s way too much work!). Instead, it’s intended to be used as a mindfulness tool. When you know what to look for on a food label you are able to make conscious food choices that will improve your health. You are becoming mindful of what you are eating.
For example, the second “S” in CSSI stands for sugar, but the goal isn’t to make sure you “only eat X number of grams of sugar” each day. The goal is to build up your familiarity with foods that are high in sugar so that you aren’t unknowingly consuming much more than you might think.
Take a look at the infographic below to learn how to use the CSSI Method – Then go to your kitchen and see if your food passes the test!
The Key to Reading Food Labels for Weight Loss
Dave Smith is a professional fitness and weight loss coach who was chosen as “Canada’s Top Fitness Professional” by CanFitPro in 2013. You can learn more about Dave and his services at makeyourbodywork.com.