Fat as a part of our diets is something we could all use less of. Fat in our diets raise cholesterol levels, increasing our risk for heart disease. High fat diets have also been linked to certain cancers, sleep issues, and diabetes. Fat also has twice the caloric amount as carbohydrates and proteins.
Perhaps the most important thing in a low fat diet: eliminating trans fat. Trans fat is formed during the hydrogenation process, and simply put, converts unsaturated liquid fat into a solid fat. This process gives food a longer shelf life, however it is a direct link to heart disease.
While eating a low fat diet, aim for unprocessed foods. Whole grain products, fruits, and vegetables are the best. Incorporate a small amount of lean meat products. Small amounts of low fat meats will aid in helping control cholesterol and calorie intake. By choosing healthy unsaturated fats like olive oil, salmon, and avocado, you can still enjoy delicious and healthy meal choices while sticking to your low fat diet.
A few helpful tips to ensure a low fat diet: Trim all visible fat and skin from meat. Bake or broil your meat letting the fat drip down. Always avoid fried food! Sprinkle herbs and spices on your vegetables as opposed to cheese or butter. Use non fat or low fat yogurt in place of sour cream. Try and use lemon juice instead of salad dressing.
While eating out, follow these easy tips: Choose simple meals. For example, broiled fish or chicken. Avoid foods with heavy sauces. Request your food be cooked without butter! Request a salad instead of french fries (low fat dressing of course). When it comes to dessert, order fruit or sorbet instead of ice cream or cake!