Mastering Nutrition Labels to Make Better Choices for Weight Loss

January 17, 2024

Health Coach Q & A

Is there a place where we can see recommended daily allowances? I am interested in sodium. I keep getting dinged for eating too much, so it would be helpful to know what is considered a healthy amount (I do not have high blood pressure.)

That’s a great question! For sodium, the daily value is no more than 2,300 mg for most people. It’s 1,500 mg for a low-sodium diet.

Here’s a link to an explanation of daily values. You can also scroll down to see a list of the daily values for each nutrient.

Is there ever a time when people have the opportunity to build community outside of the app or Facebook?

We are so glad you’re interested in building community to help with your health journey! Due to privacy regulations and similar concerns and similar restrictions, Lark only manages the app and the Facebook group.

However, we definitely encourage you to build any support system you can! Beyond the Lark Facebook and the Lark app, some other places to check are in your neighborhood. Friends, family, and coworkers can be great sources of support. You might also find like-minded people who are trying to be fit and healthy at your local gym or community center. It’s great to have as wide of a support system as possible!

How do we reduce portions gradually?

That’s a good question! If portions are too big, that can get in the way of weight loss. Portions that are small can leave you hungry. What can you do to stay full and lose weight?

Here’s one idea: eat more vegetables! Specifically, have larger portions of vegetables when you cut back on other foods. For example, let’s say you 

A similar idea is to eat lower calorie-dense foods. That way, you can have larger portions for the same number of calories compared to high calorie-dense foods. For example, if you have 1 cup of pasta with ½ cup of Alfredo sauce, that’s about 350 calories. But if you have ½ cup of pasta, ½ cup of spiralized zucchini, and ½ cup of marinara sauce, that’s about 180 calories. You get just as much food, but for fewer calories.

Is Agave a healthy sweetener? I see it all the time, but I'm unsure if it is healthy.

Agave syrup is an added sugar. It’s like honey, sugar, and molasses. It has just as many calories and just as much sugar per tablespoon as other added sugars. 

On the positive side, agave syrup has a lower glycemic index than some other added sugars. That means it doesn’t spike your blood sugar levels as much.

On the negative side, agave syrup has more fructose than regular white sugar.

The bottom line is that it’s not necessarily any healthier than plain white sugar.

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For this and other tech and fitbit questions, please email support@lark.com. We’re here to help!

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