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Diet Tip: Don't Overdo It With Low-Fat

Diet Tip: Don't Overdo It With Low-Fat

Often we see the term "low-fat" or "nonfat" on a product, and it triggers something in our brains to think that we can eat more of the item because, after all, it's low-fat. Just keep in mind that it's very possible to end up eating more calories by eating a lot of the low-fat food rather than just eating a small amount of the full-fat food. This happened to me when Snackwells came out. Remember those? They were the first mass-marketed low-fat cookie on the market, and I was gobbling them up, literally.

I'm not saying you should stop eating low-fat, but remember that a bag of cookies labeled as low-fat does not give you the green light to eat the whole bag. Personally, I'd rather have one really good full-fat cookie and be done with it.

Have you ever overindulged on something because it was low-fat or nonfat?


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chhavi chhavi 9 years
but why is that, is it because bit by bit you actually end up eating the same amount of calories that you shouldn't be. Or is this low fat kind food unhealthy in nutritional sense?
cheersdahlin cheersdahlin 9 years
sugar free fat free frozen yogurt...10 calories per ounce. 12 oz of yogurt 120 calories! MMMM but its alot especially because its lighter and whipped...
serenavallentine serenavallentine 9 years
i do it with orange sherbert, i guess its not really a "low fat version" of something else but i eat it usually instead of ice cream. 80 cals per half cup is pretty good, but not when you're having as much as i do sometimes!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I used to do that with fat free ice cream. I would eat a big bowl of it every night, thinking it was OK because it was fat free. Turns out, it only had about 20-30 fewer calories than real ice cream. I stopped doing that and started eating REAL ice cream sandwiches (for the portion control) and I was a lot more satisfied. Incidentally, I remember Snackwell' mom used to eat those things by the boxful. I thought they tasted kinda weird though. Sorta like sweet cardboard.
buttafli2112 buttafli2112 9 years
reddi-fat free whipped cream. the whole thing hsa like 200 calories ..i can finish that thing in no times its really not good at all, but to me it tastes so much better then regular whipped cream
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
Francoise- I am the same way. I only have low or non fat versions of things like milk and yogurt. For the most part, I pay absolutely no attention to fat grams, but I do pay attention to calories to a certain degree, and if something has a lot of fat, it'll be bound to have a ton of calories. I also pay attention to saturated fat, and try to cut back on cheese (but it's my favorite)! Also, I am a vegetarian and don't like banked goods, so many of the things I eat have less fat in them anyway, or good fat like nuts, avocados and olive oil.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I only have lower fat versions of things like my favorite Greek yogurt only because of the amount of saturated fat but somethings I like are better off being the regular versions so it doesn't leave me hungry. And somethings become lower in fat by being higher in the amount of sugar. And I don't buy lower fat to eat more of something as I would the regular. It still has calories.
MindayH MindayH 9 years
I have - probably most recently with Lite Ice Cream
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 9 years
I think some diet-versions taste the same. I know...I have no taste buds. My boyfriend won't let me cook these days since I don't add seasoning to my food. hehe If I have cake and ice cream, I will pair the cake with sugar-free low-fat ice cream. I feel it somewhat balances it out. I try to only eat snacks that have nutritional benefit. Ice cream at least has calcium and protein.
Witchy-Ways Witchy-Ways 9 years
I don't really buy non-fat sweets and stuff but try to stick with stuff like dark chocolate or spelt wholewheat cookies. I usually have a piece with my coffee and feel no guilt at all - after all, it's only one piece and it's more or less of the healthier kind. so feeling not guilty at all actually then makes me eat less of it.
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
I dont care so much about the fat content(so long as they are good ones), as I do about the sugar. Most time you see something labeled as low fat the thing is super sugary.
imLissy imLissy 9 years
I can get away with eating just one lowfat oreo, so I do. I'll eat twice the serving size of lowfat ice cream though. I think lowfat is just as good as regular, I buy it so I can eat twice as much :P
emmag emmag 9 years
Hey, fatty foods really do taste better (or so Sci Am says If you're going to have a treat, you might as well enjoy it!
sayjay23 sayjay23 9 years
I do this all the time! You don't feel as guilty about eating them, and then it doesn't fill you up so you go back for seconds... which is just as bad/ worse than the REAL thing. I do this esp with 100 calorie backs... Its just 100 calories... until you eat 3 of them! And then it really adds up!
Emdance Emdance 9 years
Me and my sisters would make the nonfat brownies out of the box and eat the whole pan, but the thing is they seriously taste like cardboard. Now I just do the regular and stick to one brownie!
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