I've been doing Weight Watchers' diet and I notice that, as a result, my choices have me consuming much less fat. Because it's points plus based (just their calibrated system that takes into account various macronutrients, fat being just one), I don't look at fat content of a serving any more. But I DO consume less fat and more fiber. I'm not a 'sweets' person to begin with, so I haven't noticed a change in eating sugary or sweet things (more fruit, though, in modest amounts). The result, for me, is that I don't use oil or butter much, not even in cooking. I have sauteed vegetables in water, for example, just to be able to have that free points plus meal, without having to track the oil used in frying.
This works in other diets, too - not just WW. The effect is that I don't really miss or notice oil much. I don't eat salads a lot - I go more for microwaved veggies - because I think a plain salad without dressing is dull. A cooked veggie, to me, has more flavor and bulk.
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I'm really not on any kind of diet -- well except just portion control. I still eat anything I want (within reason) just not as much of it as I used to. I think its working great for me! =)
I am on a low salt...low fat....low sugar eating plan. I also eat mostly a clean diet..........no processed foods. It is going just fine. Have been doing this for years.
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Unless you have specific medical needs that require you to have a nutrient-restricted diet, there's no need to reduce or eliminate specific nutrients. Our bodies need fats to function, especially heart-healthy fats like you find in avocado and olive oil. Eating fat doesn't make you fat. The past has taught us many untruths about diet fads and the way our bodies work.
The most effective way to lose weight, as taught by time and countless amounts of research, is eating a balanced diet within a healthy calorie range that supports your activity while maintaining a healthy deficit, combined with an active lifestyle that incorporates a complete exercise program of strength, flexibility, and cardio.
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Okay, it is not healthy to be on a fat-free diet. Your body needs SOME fat to build and repair cells. Even on a low-fat diet, you need at least 25 grams of fat per day, and that's most likely to sustain you if you're not exercising. Spark has a recommended fat range of 25-60 grams per day for my goals, but I try to get no more than 30-35 grams per day, mostly from non-animal sources.
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