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Do Low-Fat Diets Work?

Fats can have devastating effects on your health if they are not balanced properly. But your body needs fat to remain healthy and functional.

To minimize the chances of heart disease, blood pressure problems, high cholesterol, and to ultimately lose weight, you need to reduce your fat intake. But striking a balance is crucial: deficiency in essential fatty acids may prevent your body from absorbing fat-soluble vitamins.

Unsaturated fats can help protect your heart and deliver other health benefits. Avocados, olive oil, nuts, and fatty fish are great sources of unsaturated fats.

Low-fat diets are not necessarily low in calories. So if your goal is to lose weight, you should eat low-fat food that has lower levels of carbohydrates and added sugar.

Although high-fat food may lead to weight gain, low-fat foods may not immediately lead to weight loss. Your body stores excess calories in the form of fat, even when you eat fat-free food.

A low-fat diet can be effective as long as you focus on consuming healthy fats and limiting your caloric intake. Keep a close eye on nutrition labels when you’re at the grocery store, and make sure your low-fat food choices don’t come with excess sugars or calories.

If you have questions about particular diets or weight loss in general, be sure to consult with your doctor.

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