Reducing Dietary Fat
High fat intake contributes to excess body weight, since a
gram of fat has about twice as many calories per gram as carbohydrates
Whether you are trying to lose weight, lower blood
cholesterol levels or simply eat healthier, you'll want to limit total
Why Do Most Diets Focus on Reducing Fat?
Fat gets a lot of the attention for many good reasons.
Fat can raise cholesterol levels in the blood, increasing a person's
risk for heart disease.
In addition, some fatty foods (such as bacon, sausage,
and potato chips) often have fewer vitamins and minerals than low-fat
Moreover as mentioned, fat has about twice as many
calories per gram as carbohydrates and proteins. A gram of fat has about
9 calories, while a gram of carbohydrate or protein has about 4
calories. In other words, you could eat twice as much carbohydrates or
proteins as fat for the same amount of calories.
Will I Lose Weight if I Eat Low-Fat Foods?
It's true that a diet high in fat can lead to weight
gain. But it takes more than just eating low-fat foods to lose weight.
You must also watch how many calories you eat. Remember, extra calories
even from fat-free and low-fat foods get stored in the body as fat. Many
times people replace high-fat foods for high-calorie foods, like sweets,
and gain weight rather than lose weight.