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Low-Fat Diet

It's the original philosophy of weight loss. Does it still hold water?

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One of the trusted trends in dieting for years has been the low-fat diet. Proponents standby claims that a reduction in saturated fat in one's diet provides a number of positive results including healthier heart, better cholesterol and blood pressure and reduced risk of many obesity-related illnesses.

PRO
  • Will help you prevent heart disease.
CON
  • Often, low-fat diets are highly restricted in calories.
Diet and Nutrition

Low-fat dieters learn that there is a difference between healthy and unhealthy fats. Animal fats, found in dairy and red meat, are all contributors to poor heart health, body fat and high cholesterol. The fats found in plant products are monounsaturated fats and these can be consumed without hesitation and come packed with properties that reduce risk to certain diseases. That means when following a low-fat diet you can have all the nuts, avocados and olive oil you like.

There are also fats that are essential to your diet. These are Omega-3 and -6. Fish , leafy greens and soybeans are prime sources for these.

With a low-fat diet, you'll obviously strictly limit the amount of unhealthy fat you're eating and replace those with plenty of fresh produce, whole grains and lean proteins. Be sure to watch serving sizes because even in dieting there can be too much of a good thing.

There are simple ways to transform to a low-fat lifestyle. Remove fat from skinless poultry and other meats, use mustard in place of mayo on a sandwich, when you crave something crunchy grab carrots or apples instead of potato chips, top salads with home-made oil and vinegar, switch to skim milk and low-fat cheese, avoid fried food completely and instead grill or bake.

Be cautious of items advertising themselves as low-fat. To retain flavor and quality, many replace the fat with other calorie-increasing additives like sugar. These items really counter your dedicated efforts to losing weight.

EXERCISE

Since this isn’t a specific diet, you’re on your own.

CONCLUSION

Low-fat dieting is the original thought process behind modern weight loss solutions. You need to be extra cautious when shopping for low-fat products because of some of the tricky ways companies market otherwise unhealthy items that way. Otherwise, the approach promotes good health and weight loss.

Common Misspellings

low fat, low-fat deit, low fat deit, low fat deiters


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Jon

This is a poor choice for anyone. Low fat has produced more obesity than anything. There is a reason why 30% of your calories should be from fat. Do some more research on your own. Do not fall into the myth that consuming fat is what makes you fat.

posted Apr 4th, 2010 2:43 am


miky

what the point..?? i didn't understand anything...haha u ppl are sooo USELESS!!! I ama just joking... but seriously it didn't work..!!

posted Mar 30th, 2009 12:02 pm


Hollie

good

posted Mar 1st, 2009 12:26 am


Joe

IIIria,

This is "low fat" not "no fat". yes you do need "good" fat to survive, but not the typical American loaded with unhealthy fat. The problem lies in the amount of calories we eat as well. I hate to tell ya but sometimes to lose weight you have to be hungry - deal with it or continue to have an unhealthy weight which WILL leave you sick in the long run.

posted Feb 13th, 2009 2:18 pm


Illyria

Low-fat diets can be very unhealthy and leave me hungry constantly. We need (good) fats to survive, and low-fat diets will make you sick in the long run. Balance is needed in a food plan that will work for a healthier lifestyle.

posted Nov 1st, 2008 5:17 pm


Jess

this is a good wholesome approach to losing weight


gretchen

this is the first time I've seen the real definition of a low-fat diet. it's not just about buying a bunch of low fat labeled food


Anonymous

i was satisfied of what i want to knopw about this topic.,thanx.



   
 

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