Following a Low Fat Diet Plan

A low fat diet plan is one of the healthiest plans you can follow, as long as you keep things from getting too extreme. Moderation in nutrition and exercise are the true keys to any successful diet. You need to make sure you eat well rounded meals to give your body the nutrients it needs.

Cutting down on your fat in-take makes sense if you're trying to lose fat. However, cutting all fat out of your diet is not only impossible for most people, it's not necessarily healthy. Saturated fats are what you're trying to cut down on, but you still need a little monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat to keep your body healthy.

The exact ratios of fat to everything else can be a flexible number. Most low-fat diet plans call for no more than 30 percent of total calories from fat. However, if you usually get 70 percent of your calories from fat, even a reduction to 50 percent is going to be low fat for you.

Lean protein
Low-fat diets start with one important point: eating lean protein. Protein can really pack in the fat, especially proteins such as bacon. By choosing lean protein you reduce this needless intake of extra fat. Usually, lean protein gives you a large choice of meats, but most of them will be some sort of poultry or fish.

Low-fat milk products
Milk products are another killer when it comes to fat content and a low-fat diet plan. Stick with skim milk, non-fat or low fat yogurts and cheese. Cheese is difficult to find under the low-fat label, so a general reduction in your overall cheese intake is almost always required.

Low-fat condiments
Condiments are not usually something to which people give much thought. However, they can contain tons of fat. It's important to choose your condiments wisely when following a low-fat diet plan. Go with mustard instead of mayonnaise, light Italian salad dressing instead of Ranch and plain ketchup instead of fry sauce.

Whole grains
Whole grains are important for many reasons and are an essential part of any healthy diet. Bleached white bread is mostly sugar anyway, and sugar turns to fat with relative ease. Whole grains are also rich in fiber, which is Mother Nature's scrub sponge for the body.

Fruits and vegetables
The key to eating healthy fruits and vegetables is first, to actually eat them, and second, to eat ones low in sugar. It's also about eating a balanced variety of fruits and vegetables to give you a complete supply of fresh vitamins and minerals. The biggest key is usually to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, not canned or prepackaged ones.

Regardless of the type of diet you're on, water is always important. The fluid helps hydrate your body and flush out toxins to keep it in optimal working condition. The general rule is that you should have an eight ounce glass of water at least eight times a day. 

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