Reduced-Fat Foods and Weight Loss

Why Reduced-Fat Foods May Interfere with Your Weight Loss Goals

If you have been trying to lose weight and haven’t been successful, you should take a look at your food choices and the reduced-fat foods you might be consuming. Many dieters think they can lose weight by eating reduced-fat foods, but the marketing trend of such foods is not enough to ensure weight loss, and they may do just the opposite.

Robbing Peter and Paying Paul

Many people assume that reduced-fat foods are a surefire way to lose weight. They head out to the supermarket with good intentions and purchase the reduced-fat versions of all their favorite cookies, crackers, and breads. What they often don’t realize is that many reduced-fat foods are still high in calories -- and calories can be a dieter’s worst enemy.

Eating too many calories is counterproductive to weight loss. Dieters often end up consuming way more calories than they anticipated because of the high calorie content in many reduced-fat foods. For instance, many reduced-fat salad dressings are very high in calories, and dieters often depend on such items as a condiment for the many salads they eat. You can eat salads every day, but if you’re dowsing them in reduced-fat, high-calorie dressings, you’re not going to lose any weight.

Another problem with reduced fat foods is that many dieters end up eating more of the food because it is reduced fat. Because they think they can eat more of the food, they end up consuming more calories than they would have if they had stuck with their favorite higher-fat item. These people often experience weight gain instead of the weight loss they had expected.

Back to Counting Calories

The best way to lose weight is to reduce your caloric intake. Many reduced-fat foods contain more sugar in order to compensate for the lack of fat content. Replacing fat calories with sugar calories will not help you accomplish your weight loss goals. Determine the number of calories that a person of your weight should be eating, and try to eat less than that number. Try writing down everything you eat for three days without modifying your dietary habits. You might be surprised to discover that you have been exceeding the recommended number of calories you should be eating. If this is the case, simply try eating the recommended number of calories for your weight and see how much weight you can lose.

Keep the above tips in mind the next time you go grocery shopping. There’s no reason to pay more for reduced-fat foods when they don’t really help with weight problems. Avoid reduced-fat foods and focus on your overall caloric intake in order to realize your weight loss goals.


Leading Weight Management Expert, Dr Ian Campbell, agrees that it is always worth checking your food labels:
Always worth checking labels for high sugar levels and artificial sweeteners

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