A common weight loss tactic is eating a low fat diet (not talking to you, ketogenic dieters!).
We’re not saying that fat is bad for you. In fact, fat is a crucial macronutrient, but when you start tracking your fat intake you learn a lot:
Fat is a very potent macronutrient with many healthy benefits. A little goes a long way. The fact is, compared to protein and carbs, your body only needs so much fat to be able to perform its important functions.
The way cuisines have developed in society makes it easy to go overboard with eating fat. Lowering your fat intake is tricky in the beginning but with some practice it becomes second nature.
Here are some tricks to help you stick to foods lower in fat:
‘Processed food’ doesn’t always mean ‘bad’ food. For some food, processing is just the act of removing or skimming fat.
Low fat alternatives to our favorite fatty foods are a lifesaver when it comes to diet compliance. They allow us to indulge without derailing progress. That is totally fine, just be aware that to reach their low fat form some are heavily processed.
Additives are used to create the thick, creamy consistency you’re expecting from their full fat version. Colors and flavors may be added to make them look and taste like their full fat versions.
Good nutrition is based around quality vegetables, fruits and meats. Accompanying these staples with the occasional side of low fat cream cheese, ice cream or chocolate is absolutely fine. It’s all about finding a balance that works for your lifestyle — and your goals.
We’re always adding delicious low fat recipes to our blog. Some of our favorite recipes that are naturally low in fat are:
Easy Cauliflower Salad
Paleo Beef Stroganoff
Spicy Pineapple Coconut Chicken - recently recommended by Brooke Ence!
Mixed Berry Oatmeal Bake
Maple Carrots and Cauliflower Mash from our 8 Days of Thanksgiving Series