Developing A Healthy Low-Fat Diet Plan

Without a realistic goal, you may not succeed in developing a healthy low-fat diet plan.

It’s easy to think around the issue – “I really should not eat that much fat” – but this is really too vague to help.

Sometimes, though, it’s hard to know where to start in making your low-fat diet plan. Here are some tips that may help.

1. Develop a weekly menu

It can be a hassle trying to reduce the fat in your existing recipes (it can also be fun to experiment in this regard). The best thing to do is sit down and make a menu for the week.

See to it that your meals are following low-fat diet from breakfast to snacks to dinner, and you may be less likely to dive into high-fat snack foods when you’re hungry, or turn to your favorite fatty recipes when you’re trying to think of what to have to dinner when it’s late.

Go ahead and plan low-fat snacks into your weekly menu to help prevent bingeing or impulsive snacking (it also gives you something to look forward to instead of always trying to avoid snacks).

Developing A Healthy Low-Fat Diet Plan







2. The shopping list

When you make your shopping list, make sure it is in sync with your weekly menu. Buy those groceries that fit in with the diet plan and only allow “impulse buys” if it is something low-fat (say there’s a really good sale on fat-free yogurt or in-season produce).

Maybe allow yourself only one impulse buy per shopping trip. Whatever you decide, make sure your shopping list coincides with your low-fat menu.

3. Fat content of foods

Take some time to learn the fat contents of various foods, especially those foods that you tend to eat regularly and/or often.

You may be pleasantly surprised to find out that some favorite foods are not too high in fat, or that the food contains healthy fats and therefore is okay to consume in moderation.

You may also be shocked to find out how much fat is in foods you thought were not very fatty! So take a little time and research the fat content of foods.

Developing A Healthy Low-Fat Diet Plan

4. Read labels

In addition to researching foods and their fat content, make sure you are reading the labels of prepared foods. Find out what the normal number of fat grams is for a man or woman of your weight and age.

Always bear in mind that a diet is classified as “low fat” if no more than 30 percent of total calories are from fat. However, there is a direct correlation between good and bad fat as it relates to cholesterol.

5. Look over your cookware

If you have the sort of cookware that requires lots of grease and oil to prevent sticking, consider investing in non-stick cookware. You can avoid a lot of fat if you don’t have to keep oiling your casseroles, baking dishes, and skillets.

However, if you don’t have the money or just can’t afford good cookware, consider using a nonstick cooking spray like Pam. The great thing about these sprays is, they come in a nonfat variety.


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