If you’ve watched the news at any point in recent years you are likely aware that people, more than ever, are concerned about their health,weight, and overall well being. One of the biggest ways to have a positive impact on your health is to reduce the overall fat content in your diet. But like many you are probably wondering where to start. The following tips will not only explain how to embrace low-fat cooking but also explain the mentality that low-fat cooking involves as well.
You Have To Be Realistic
When trying to change your cooking habits to low-fat cooking ones it is tempting to jump in with both feet and go right to the end goal. Cooking, much like your diet itself, is not something you can just change overnight. Remember it isn’t one single step or event that brought you to the point where where you now feel low-fat cooking is a necessity. Likewise the changes you make have to be a slow and gradual process as well. Trying to do everything at once just increases your chances of failure. So take the following tips at your own pace and in your own time. It’s a journey not a single step to the destination.
What To Know About Oils
The first step to take when switching to a low-fat cooking plan is to look closely at what you use in your daily cooking. It is easy to miss the little things that cause a meal to have a high fat content. The first of these is something you use before you even begin cooking and that is any and all oils including butter. Switching to a cooking spray can cut fat content by a large amount. Many oils and butters can contain nearly fifty percent of your daily fat content in just a few servings so they can drive up the overall fat content of a meal before the cooking even starts. If you must use oils use liquid ones and be sure to check the fat content and stick to lower fat oils such as canola and vegetable oils.
Be Careful Buying Meats
Nobody is saying you have to eliminate all meat from your diet but when using low-fat cooking cooking methods you do have to be more selective. For starters cheaper cuts of meat often have a higher fat content than leaner cuts. So when possible invest in leaner cuts of meat. Consider your improved health the trade off for the higher price. Also when you get the meat home be sure to trim off any visible fat that remains.
How to Cook Meats
The next steps in low-fat cooking involve the cooking process. When cooking your meat always be sure to wipe off any excess fat during the cooking process. In the same respect be sure to drain any excess fats as well. The cooking method also matters. When you can avoid frying. Other cooking methods such as grilling, baking, broiling, and steaming should be employed. As an example instead of coating a piece of chicken in batter and frying it coat it in breadcrumbs and bake it instead.
Meat And Egg Choices
What we eat is as important as how it is prepared. Red meats in general are not as healthy as other lower fat selections. When low-fat cooking methods are being considered make substitutions and alterations when you can. Examples of this can include using chicken or turkey in place of beef when eating sausages or making hamburgers. Turkey burgers are a great deal lower in fat than their beef counterparts. Turkey bacon is likewise a wise choice. When it comes to eggs the way to adapt them to a low-fat cooking plan is relatively simple. Using egg whites cuts down on the overall fat and cholesterol of any dish that uses eggs as an ingredient.
Low-Fat Options for Dairy
Milk and other dairy products make up the content of several different recipes. Those of you who favor French cooking know this is a fact. However, whole milk, creams, and butters are heavy in their fat content and when using a low-fat cooking plan need to be modified. Whole milk is easily replaced by lower fat percentage milks or skim milk. For butters they should be replaced by low fat margarines when available. In cases of creams fat-free evaporated milk can be used in its place. There also exist low fat or fat-free versions of other popular dairy products such as sour cream and cheeses and they should be used in place of fattier alternatives. Also substitute when you can. For example ice cream can be replaced by fat free yogurts.
Do Not Be Discouraged
Lastly and most importantly don’t be discouraged. These things take time. But with effort and patience you can reach your weight loss goals! .