Low-Fat Diets

I always ask the same question when someone tells me they're on a LOW-FAT DIET. Why?

The answers are usually something like:

1. Fats are bad for me.

2. I'm trying to lose weight on my low-fat diet.

3. I saw this commercial on television and the people talked about how their low-fat diet helped them lose weight.

4. I've tried alot of different diets so I want to see if this one will work for me.

Okay, you get the picture....

All of these diets are getting "tired"......low-fat, low-carb, high-protein, etc.

The same solution works for fat loss and weight loss: regular exercise, active lifesytle and a nutritious, balanced meal plan. Having said that, a low-fat, low-carb or high-protein diet can sometimes be used with short-term success....but, your meals should be balanced and nutritious most of the time. That means fats, carbs and protein in your meal plan.

Fats are important for your diet because they help you feel full and keeps skin, hair and nails healthy. You should limit (not eliminate) your intake of saturated fats (usually solid at room temperature, such as butter). Some saturated fats, such as coconut oil, are great choices for cooking. Don't eat unhealthy trans fats ( partially hydrogenated fats found in packaged foods).

Instead, increase your intake of unsaturated fats (they are usually liquid at room temperature, such as olive oil). Fats should not exceed 20% of your total daily caloric intake. Percentages of protein, carbohydrates and fat should be adjusted based on your goals and level of exercise activity (i.e., hobby, recreational, sports, etc.).

If you're trying to lose weight, maintain a daily caloric deficit (burn more calories than you eat) of about 200 calories. Its the caloric surplus that puts weight on your body!

One more thing: many food items labeled as low-fat are high-calorie! Always check the food label.

So, why are you on that low-fat diet?

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About Mark

Hi, I'm Mark Dilworth, Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist and Myofascial Release/Self Massage Specialist.

Since 2006, I have helped thousands of clients and readers make lifestyle habit changes with my 5-Star Body Transformation Plan, where YOU are the main STAR.

The 5-Star Plan helps you to achieve better long-term health, which includes body transformation and ideal body weight.

I do not recommend fad diets, quick weight loss gimmicks, starvation diets, weight loss pills, fat burner supplements and the like.

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