Low Fat Versus Fat Free

Using Low-Fat and Fat-Free Products

While limiting your fat intake is an important part of losing weight, it's a good idea to be wise about choosing a fat-free or low-fat product. Here some helpful tips:
 
  • Before buying a fat-free or low-fat product, check the food label. What you are looking for is if it is indeed lower in calories than its "regular" counterpart. Also, take a look at the recommended serving size to make sure it isn't so small that you would be making up for the low-fat or fat-free advantage by eating more than you should. Another thing to look out for is to see if the product is loaded with sugar or additives.
 
  • Just because something is fat free or low fat doesn't mean you can eat all you want. If it takes four servings of low-fat ice cream until you are full, maybe it's a better option to choose one serving of a whole-fat food that will satisfy your hunger.
 
  • When picking out meat, choose leaner cuts (such as round cuts and sirloin cuts) that do not have a lot of visible fat. You can also trim off meats before eating.
 
  • Try to choose healthy fats, such as olive oil or canola oil, instead of butter. Limit the amount of saturated fat you eat, and avoid trans fat as much as possible.
 
  • Think more veggies, fruits, and whole grains. These are natural and you don't have to worry about low fat or reduced fat. In addition, these foods help you to feel full longer and are low in calories as well as fat. So rather than picking up some low-fat potato chips, have a baked potato -- it is healthier, has more nutrients, and contains fiber. It will also keep your hunger satisfied more than the chips.
 
  • Try to eat a varied and balanced diet consisting of whole foods. Avoid eating processed foods when you can. Instead of eating processed crackers, for example, grab a handful of nuts. Instead of cheese, try a slice of avocado on your sandwich.
 
  • Counting calories and fat should be done in combination with exercise for optimal weight loss. Start by getting in the mindset of being more active, such as taking the stairs rather than the elevator and parking at the end of the parking lot to walk farther. You can slowly add activities, aiming for around 30 minutes of daily exercise.
 
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