Losing Weight may be easier with new Food Labels by the FDA

By: Raquel Moore
By: Raquel Moore

BELVIDERE (WIFR) -- Food labels are getting a makeover by the Food and Drug Administration, helping us understand them better, and to lose weight easier.

"We're all overweight and we're tired of feeling uncomfortable," says Robert Shondel, who is trying to lose weight.

Robert Shondel and his family are doing something about their numbers on their scale. Together, the 8 family members have lost a total of 230 pounds.

"On Saturday's you have to come weigh in. The results show what you did for the week," says Shondel.

The Food and Drug Administration says it wants to make serving sizes and calories easier to understand, and add a section for additional sugar added. The agency also wants to get rid of some of the numbers most of us don't pay attention to, like the daily percentages and fat calories. The changes should make picking out healthy foods easier.

"It is confusing. Make sure there's a lot of protein. Not very much on the carbs and that it's low on sugar and sodium," says Shondel.

Swedish American Health System nutritionist Molly Kinkade agrees that food labels can often make losing weight more complicated.

"I would like for less information. The recommended daily value percentages to be taken off. Probably have sugar either taken off or they're thinking about added sugar as an option instead," says Registered Dietitian Molly Kinkade.\

Kinkade suggests reading serving sizes and the calorie to shrink our waistline.

Shondel says he's lost 55 pounds just by switching to a high protein diet, but he says regardless of changes to food labels, it all comes down to our own determination.

"I think 80% is up here. You have to put in your mind first that you do want to do it," says Shondel.

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