It's true that a diet high in fat can lead to weight gain. But it takes more than just eating low-fat foods to lose weight. It's about managing calories consumed vs those used. Many people are unaware that many foods labelled no or low fat usually replace the fat with sugar and other additives such as thickeners. Any consumed calories that don't get used will be turned into fat stores, regardless of whether they come from fats or carbohydrates.

Experts recommend that most adults should consume 25-30% of their total daily calories from fat. Your body requires the good fats (unsaturated and polyunsaturated) to properly function. The problem is in foods that are high in saturated or contain trans fats. Excess consumption of these "bad fats" may lead to high cholesterol, high blood pressure and various heart related diseases.

It's important to read the ingredients label, rather than trusting the marketing claims on the front of the packaging. Better yet, try to consume mostly fresh produce to avoid the added nasties all together. Rethink your choices before simply grabbing something because it’s 'low fat'.

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