# You Can Lose 20 Pounds if You Follow This One Simple Rule

Michelle Jaqua

If you're tired of trying every type of diet only to come away either unfulfilled or find you're not losing weight, or even if you lose weight and when you come off your diet to gain your weight back again, then consider this simple measurement in your foods.

Carbohydrates are prolific in our modern diets. Carbs can be found in everything from desserts to bread to rice/grains/pasta. Some carbs are better for you than others; complex carbohydrates take a longer time to break down and typically have more nutrients than simple carbohydrates.

Simple carbs are refined sugars which are in cookies, ice cream, pastries, donuts...the list goes on and on. Simple carbohydrates break down quickly and can give you a burst of energy but usually have no nutritional value.

If you find that you're eating a lot of these types of foods, you'll likely have a more difficult time losing weight.

This One Simple Rule can help you lose weight doing some very easy math comparing carbohydrates to dietary fiber.

It's called The Five to One Ratio or 5:1 Ratio.

I know what you're thinking..."I have to do MATH?!?!" Okay, stay with me here!

On the side of a food package you'll see the nutrition facts.

Look for two things: Grams of Carbohydrates and Grams of Fiber.

Take Grams of Carbs and divide by Grams of Fiber. The answer should be at or under 5.0 That means it's 5 grams of carbs to 1 gram of fiber.

Here's an example using Cheerios cereal:

On the above label, Carbohydrates are 37grams and Dietary Fiber is 4 grams.

37 divided by 4= 9.25. This is wayyyy above 5.0.

Here's another example using Fiber One Cereal:

Look at the carbohydrates compared to Fiber. Here's your calculation:

25 grams divided by 14 grams = 1.78

This cereal is under 5.0, a much better breakfast alternative and part of a healthier diet.

Don't let the packaging fool you. Packaging is all marketing and is deceiving. Catch-phrases like Heart-Healthy. Bran, Multigrain, 100% Whole Wheat, Stoneground, Cracked Wheat, etc.

Instead look for whole grain packaged products and use the Simple 5:1 Ratio and you may find yourself losing weight!