Low Fat Diet Plan

When you choose to practice a low fat diet plan lifestyle you have to be prepared to make several changes in your eating habits, menus and even in your kitchen. Too much fat in our diets is a very unhealthy lifestyle practice. An abundance of fat in the foods we eat can make the body have more unhealthy excess pounds.

Too much fat can also make people unhealthy despite efforts to exercise and lower stress. Moderation is the keyword that should be used where dietary fat is concerned.

Fat Facts for Better Nutrition

This means that you need to understand the difference between good (healthy) fats and bad (unhealthy) fats. There is no way to eliminate all of the fat in your diet and even if you could remove all fats completely, it would be a very unhealthy choice to make. Your body needs fat in order to function properly each day and some fats even help sustain your muscles, produce shinier hair and provide you with the right nutritional combinations that your body requires.

Those processed saturated and partially hydrogenated fats are the ones that you really have to avoid in a low fat diet plan. These types of fats are found in many meats, butters, margarine and in the majority of most processed foods.

Some fats are considered to be the healthier and these are essential in order for your body to combat many types of diseases.

In the unsaturated fats there are two classifications: monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. Surprisingly both of these fats can be good for your heart because they help control and lower your bad cholesterol count.

Fats classified as monounsaturated are able to raise your HDL levels and reduce the LDL levels. The HDL cholesterol is the healthy type and LDL is known as the bad cholesterol.

When your body absorbs a healthy amount of polyunsaturated fat this will help your system be able to reduce both HDL and total cholesterol levels. While this type of fat is viewed as helpful it is not as stable as the monounsaturated fat. This means that it could potentially lower good cholesterol levels as well if you use too much polyunsaturated fat in your diet.

There are also long chains of Omega 3 fatty acids; you need this type of fat for optimal health; found in olive oil and flax seeds among other sources.

With the addition of Omega 3 fats in your low fat diet plan you can help your body reduce LDL counts; reduce high blood pressure; promote a healthier nervous system; prevent and control inflammatory processes such as arthritis; and you are also able to support a healthy cardiovascular system.

The calories from bad fat are not easily broken down by your body. Most of these calories are merely stored for future use which means they are going to add unwanted, unhealthy weight to your body. It takes a lot of aerobic exercise to help burn off those stubborn pounds of fat.

Best Low Fat Food Choices to Make

Use extra virgin olive oil for a low fat diet plan, it contains the healthier fats.
It should not be used for cooking at high temperatures.

Remember that if an oil is described as being "light" it does not meant that there are less calories in the cooking oil.

- Fresh fruits and vegetables are generally low in fat and are packed with delicious flavors. Berries, mangoes, grapefruits, papaya and peaches are just a few of the low fat foods you can choose to eat.

- When selecting meat, choose the fresh lean cuts. Is worth the price for your good health.
Fresh tomato and garlic head
- Add garlic, red onion slices and tomato (fresh or sundried) to your salads for more flavors when you want to embrace a low fat diet plan.

- When planning an occasional meal based on fish use more cold water fish such as fresh mackerel or tuna; as they are higher in Omega 3 fatty acids.

There are many products on the shelves that are labeled low-fat to help you make it easier to choose the right foods. However, the ideal thing to do for your health is to reduce and gradually eliminate the processed food consumption.

Just bear in mind that you still have to count calories and pay attention to the amount you are eating.

Tips for Choosing Food

  • Organic maple syrup and honey are indeed low in fat and can substitute refined sugar, always in small amounts.

  • Do not go overboard with packed low fat snacks. Calories are still calories in the long run and you may find that you are eating even more food than usual if you think that low fat snack foods are not going to pack on the pounds.

  • If the food label specifies "hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated" ingredients then you should not buy the product.

  • There are versions of low fat baked potato chips but these should be eaten in moderation.

  • Never forget to keep your body supplied with plenty of clean water when you are on a low fat diet plan.

  • Potato milk is an ideal choice since it doesn't have any fat and is also cholesterol free. It can be found at any health food store.


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