The Low Fat Diet – Dont Eliminate All Fat From Your Diet

what is the low fat dietA common belief when it comes to dieting is that eating fat makes you fat. Out of this belief came low fat diets and a plethora of low fat or fat free foods and drinks.

However, there is also the belief that if you eat the right kind of fat, it will not make you fat.

Unfortunately, too many people eat the unhealthy varieties, which is what really causes weight gain. So which side is right?

One gram of fat is the equivalent of nine calories whereas it is only four calories per one gram of protein and carbohydrates so you can see why cutting fat may be the first line of attack when trying to lose weight.

Fats come in two types—saturated (those found in most dairy, lard and in meats) and unsaturated (found in peanuts, olives, fish/fish oils and avocados). Obviously, you want to consume unsaturated fats as they are said to be heart healthy and have omega-3 fatty acids which provide many health benefits.

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Doctors and researchers started looking at fats as a way to decrease many health problems like heart disease, high cholesterol and gastrointestinal disorders like gallstones and gallbladder disease. When patients were put on these low fat diets, they also lost weight.

When you go on a low fat diet, you are eliminating all saturated fat while limiting the amount of unsaturated fat you eat. Foods you cannot eat on a low fat diet include high-fat dairy, fried foods, baked goods, fatty cuts of meat and foods that are swimming in oil (like canned fish).

Low Fat Dairy

Low-fat dairy, minimizing your servings of nuts, peanuts, seeds and nut butters that have high fat contents, and eating only lean protein make up the majority of a low fat diet plan. Vegetables and fruits are okay to eat since they do not have fat in them.

body fat eliminated on low fat dietLow fat diets are sometimes necessary for people with digestive issues or for those who had weight loss surgery which can result in digestive problems. But because a low fat diet limits a lot of high calorie foods, weight loss is pretty much inevitable. However, following a low fat diet cannot be a permanent way to eat.

They are difficult to maintain for the long-term and many fat-free or low fat foods are often jam packed with other not-so-healthy ingredients like sugar, fillers and preservatives. The other problem is that many people who follow a low fat diet end up gaining all, if not more, of their weight when they go back to their regular eating habits.

Research has shown that people who were on low fat diets have a tendency to overeat and/or binge more than people who were on other types of diets. As a result, yo-yo dieting becomes a way of life.

Low fat diets have been shown to help people lose weight and relieve gastrointestinal problems. The jury is still out, however, as to whether or not this type of diet plays a significant role in decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Your Body Needs Fat !

Your body needs fat. It is necessary for growth and development as well as providing your organs protection and helping your body process nutrients. It also provides you with energy. And, much to many people’s surprise, it helps your body burn fat. Yes—fat can burn fat. If you eat the right fats (the unsaturated variety), you are first getting vitamins and minerals that your body needs.

These fats also keep you full by stabilizing your blood sugar so you will not be walking around all day starving and tired. Fat also helps you build muscle. The more muscle you have, the greater your metabolism, so you are burning calories during exercise and after exercise.

Finally, the fat you already have surrounding your belly and butt gets pushed out of the way from eating healthy fat. This happens when the healthy fat breaks down the existing fat by activating fat burning processes through the liver.

Woman Eating2Trying a low fat diet will certainly help you lose weight, but read the labels on fat free and low fat foods as they will contain a lot of other things that can be detrimental to your weight loss efforts.

Swapping out bad fat for good fat might be a better way to go, or at least attempt first, before trying a completely low fat diet. When weight loss is your goal, it is always better, and safer, to choose a diet plan that you can easily follow and will not deprive you of important nutrients.

Resources:

http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Low-Fat-Diet-Sheet.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low-fat_diet
http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20313653,00.html


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