Skip to Content

How To Use Food Labels

This is your reminder that if you are tracking your macros and what you eat, that it is NOT exact. When foods are processed in bulk, nutritional info is based on averages, and they are rounded to look nicer so you don’t get stuck eating 113.63102 calories. Problem with processed food however, is each serving varies. See the examples here…

When I unwrap a Quest bar and it’s got some great chunkage, I’m super excited. Same concept goes for swirls/chunks in your ice cream, or marshmallows/clusters in your bowl of cereal. While it’s exciting to have a serving that is loaded, it is most definitely changing the macros. The last bowl of cereal that is packed with marshmallows that have settled on the bottom of the box is going to have more sugar and calories than that first bowl (but taste waaaay better)

So, what’s the point here? It’s not that you should stress about how many calories you’re eating. It’s the exact opposite. Food labels are estimates, and we’re constantly overeating and undereating, but it all balances out in the end! When you track your macros, just try to be CLOSE to your goals and don’t get stressed about exact numbers. When the end of the day rolls around and you’re upset that you ate an extra 100 calories, well, there’s actually a good chance you didn’t! Live yo life and embrace the chunkage.

Share The Love

About Matt Rosenman

With over 15 years of experience in health and fitness, Matt Rosenman is the expert voice behind Matt’s philosophy is simple: no foods are off-limits, and a healthy lifestyle shouldn't be complicated or restrictive. As a certified personal trainer with a bachelor’s degree in Health Behavioral Sciences, Matt brings well-rounded expertise to his blog. From revamping classic recipes with a nutritious twist to debunking health myths, he guides his readers through the maze of fitness fads with science-backed advice. Featured in major publications and with a strong following on social media, Matt is committed to making “healthy” uncomplicated—proving there's no need for a cheat day when you’re enjoying delicious, better-for-you meals every day. Join Matt on his mission to simplify health without sacrificing flavor. Learn More