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What Is a Low Fat Diet?

Many people think that to lose weight, the less fat you consume, the faster you lose weight. While it is good to avoid excessive fat in your diet, a healthy diet needs to have some fat in it. It is important to know that dietary fat is needed for good health, as fats supply energy and essential fatty acids, in addition to supplying fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E, and K. It is also important to know the difference between bad fat which you need to avoid and good fat which helps you stay healthy.

Definition of a Low Fat Diet

According to the US Department of Agriculture or USDA, a low-fat diet, as the name implies, is a diet that consists of little fat, especially saturated fat and cholesterol, which is thought to lead to increased blood cholesterol levels and heart disease risk.

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Healthy Diet Pyramid

Have you heard of a healthy diet pyramid? Many different organizations have introduced their version of the Healthy Diet Pyramid. However, all Healthy Diet Pyramids are pretty much the same with a slight variations from country to country. But, basically, the Healthy Diet Pyramid would have:

  • Carbohydrates
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Protein (meat or alternatives such as eggs and milk), and
  • Fat

Below is a picture of the US Department of Agriculture healthy diet food pyramid for Americans. Other countries also have their own versions of healthy diet pyramid that is similar to this one below.

Healthy Diet Pyramid

In the past, the healthy diet pyramid did not use to come with recommended daily servings...

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