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Low Fat Diets For Weight Loss – Health Concerns


Are low fat diets for weight loss healthy?  There are many complexities regarding nutrition; many more than the average person needs to be concerned with when starting a diet to lose weight.  The main concern that someone should keep in mind is that “dieting” in the traditional sense is not the answer.  Healthy living is the best way to drop unwanted pounds and to keep it off.

The concept of dieting usually has a negative vibe attached to it.  No one wants to be on a diet!  This usually mean that you have to deprive yourself of the food that you love to eat or that you will be hungry all of the time.  Because diets can be so unpleasant we want them to be over with quickly.  So we choose a crazy type of meal plan that promises to help us lose a maximum amount of weight is a very short amount of time.  This is not healthy and our bodies don’t like it!

These fad type diets will only work in the short term and as you have heard or experienced before you will likely gain all of the weight back if not more.  If you are on a low fat diet you will likely lose some weight.  This is because you are reducing your caloric intake so you will lose weight.  But simply lowering the fat content in your diet will not help you in the long term.  It’s a good start but you need to make some other changes.  Your meals need to be balanced between carbs, proteins and fats.  The easiest way to determine how much of each to eat is this – your plate of food should be covered 1/2 with foods high is carbs, one to two thirds with high protein foods, and the remaining space with fats (the good kind).  

Low fat diets for weight loss are good when you balance them out as explained above.  Regarding the health effects you must remember that as you are losing weight your risk of developing heart disease will improve as well.  Have you ever heard a heart doctor tell a patient to gain weight to prevent heart disease!  I hope not.  Weight loss can help prevent heart disease.  To develop healthy eating habits that will help lower your risk of heart disease while helping you lose unwanted pounds then avoid foods that are high in refined and processed sugars and ingredients.  Your diet should consist of whole grain products, vegetable, fruits, lean meats, eggs and lowfat dairy.


Source by Peter Harris

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