5 Weight Loss Myths Debunked: Don’t Ditch Those Bananas


2. Low-fat and no-fat foods will help you lose weight

Now, let’s preface this by saying that eating low-fat and no-fat foods can offer some health benefits.

Low-fat foods tend to be lower in calories, and most doctors agree that low-fat dairy products tend to be a healthier choice than full-fat ones.

However, this is where the benefits end. Fat is a necessary nutrient. Your body uses fat to transport vitamins, repair tissues, and for energy – and that’s just for starters!

On top of this, foods that contain at least some fat tend to make you feel more satisfied than foods with little to no fat. Additionally, fat tends to make things taste good – which means that many low and no-fat foods – especially salad dressings – tend to contain added sugars and seasonings (often in the form of sodium) in order to improve their taste.

Bottom line: moderation is key. If 30% of your daily calories come from fat, you’re on the right track. And try to stick to plant-based fats, such as olive oil, avocado oil, and coconut oil, all of which offer superior health benefits to animal-derived fats.

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