Benefits and Problems of Low Fat Dieting

If you follow a low fat diet you less your fat intake to 25-30% of your total caloric intake. Instead of bad fats you choose unsaturated fats such as olive oil, salmon and nuts and eliminate butter, cream and cheese. Hereby you also avoid raising your cholesterol levels. The diet contains a lot of fruits and vegetables, legumes, lean meat, complexe carbohydrates, and high quality protein.

Health Benefits

How to Make it Delicious

Problems with Low Fat Diets

A low fat diet does not mean low in calorie. Many people load up on low fat candy, cookies and pretzels without regard to portion sizes. While they are eating less fat, they may be consuming more processed sugars and carbohydrates such as white flour, which are high in calories and can eventually be converted into and stored as fat within the body. A way to avoid this is to eat foods which are high in fibre.

Diets low in fat and high in carbohydrates can increase triglycerides in the blood. This results in a decrease in "good" HDL cholesterol. It also has a negative effect on the size of "bad" LDL cholesterol. This can lead to heart disease, especially in some severely overweight individuals.

You can lose B vitamins, zinc and some essential fatty acids if the fat content in your diet is too low. Fat is needed to help the body absorb vitamins A, D, E, and K, as well lycopene, which protects against prostate cancer.

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