Is a Low-Fat Diet Healthy?

There are many diet plans that promote a low fat method of eating. They may recommend eating only 5-10% of your total calorie consumption in fat. However, many individuals wonder if this method of dieting is even healthy. Therefore, this week Mint Nutrition Clinic, is focusing on low fat diets and their health/weight loss effects. 

Low Fat diets: Are They Healthy?

Eating a low fat diet can be a great weight loss tool for some and not others. This can be due to the fact that we are different in how we respond to various diets and meal plans. 

In general, we recommend eating 15-20 % of your daily calories in fat. Usually eating less than this may increase your risk of developing a vitamin deficiency. This is because, certain vitamins need fat to be present in order for them to be absorbed in the body. Overall, eating low amounts of fat may not be the healthiest option because the human body needs fatty acids as a part of a balanced diet.

Also, fat increases our satiety and can help weight loss results. However, its important to choose fat sources that are plant based and mostly consisting of unsaturated fatty acids. For instance, olive oil, canola oil, avocado oil, and flax-seed oil are great choices for fat consumption. 2-3 tbsp a day is a great amount to aim for.

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