Is Fat Free Good for Weight Loss?

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A menu plan free of certain types of fats provides an excellent approach for both restoring your good health and losing excess weight. However, your body depends upon certain types of dietary fats for normal functions, such as providing for long-lasting energy or helping you feel full after eating. A healthy menu plan should include healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Eating avocados, cooking in olive oil and adding fish to your diet are great sources of healthy dietary fats.

Since fat is a concentrated source of calories, reducing fat consumption can help trim some of the excess calories from your daily food intake. But, it is essential to read FDA Nutrient Food Labels on processed foods to ensure you know how much and what kind of fat was used in manufacturing the product. It should be noted that you want to avoid Trans Fats as well as many of the "fat substitutes" that are commonly found in Fat-Free foods. According to a report by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Diseases, a serving of fat-free (or low fat) food may be contain less calories than a serving of the full-fat product but may also contain less-healthy alternatives.

After the fat is removed, low-fat or fat-free foods can be loaded with extra sodium, flour, starch or sugar to improve texture and/or flavor. So, always be on the watch for hidden ingredients. After all, any food product that claims to be low in this (i.e., low fat, low calorie or low carb) is likely high in something else that may be just as bad. When you read the food label, also be mindful of the portion sizes. A food manufacturer can advertise a product to have less of something than another product by simply making the serving size or package smaller. To learn more about eating healthy fats and losing weight, contact the Metabolic Research Center.


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