Low FAT Does Not Mean LOW Calorie!

August 1, 2006

“I’ve been eating low fat products…But Why am I Gaining Weight?”Images_1 – a common question I usually get from my patients…Here’s why….

If a product is marketed as low fat… it does not mean that you can eat as much as you want because it wont make you gain weight.  Remember that weight gain is due to Calorie Gain!

Here’s an example: you want a chocolate chip cookie for snacks… you think it’s safe to eat a low fat variety anytime you like especially you’re on a “DIET”

Regular Chocolate Chip has 6 gms of fat with a total of 130 calories

Low Fat Chocolate Chip has only 4 gms of fat but has a total of 110 calories

The low fat products are marketed for people with no plans of weight loss but require a reduce fat meal to decrease their risk for diseases like heart attack. 

Lower fat does not mean lower calories since to retain the flavor of the products, manufacturers often increase the amount of other ingredients like carbohydrates… thus contribute to the total calorie content.

Remember, read the food label for total calories because you can still gain weight even if it’s low in fat!

Be Smart and Eat Smart!

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