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Why You Shouldn't Eat Light Foods

Weight Loss Sabotage: Eating "Light" Foods

When you go grocery shopping, you'll see a plethora of "light" packaged foods. From crackers to chips to salad dressing to beverages, many people trying to lose weight pack these items into their carts so they can feel good about eating healthier versions of the foods they crave. The problem is, these foods actually end up being just as unhealthy, but in a slightly different way. Companies can't just remove the fat or lower the number of calories without affecting the flavor. To compensate, they add extra sugar, sodium, additives, or chemicals. Or in the case of these Light Lays, they add fake fat (Olestra), which is believed to interfere with the body's absorption of important vitamins, and can cause diarrhea.

Light foods are just bad news, so it's OK to embrace real food that contains real fat. According to Women's Health, "many nutritionists recommend eating full-fat food in smaller portions to lose or maintain weight." Balance is the key. Enjoy the foods you love — like steak, French fries, and ice cream — in moderation, and don't get obsessed and go on a fat-free diet. Our bodies need certain types of fat in order to function normally, and they also help satiate your hunger longer, so you avoid overeating. Be a label reader and give foods made with healthy fats such as olive oil, nuts, and fish the green light. Limit the amount of saturated fat you consume by opting for lean meat and nonfat dairy products, and completely avoid trans fat, including hydrogenated oil. Only 20 to 35 percent of your diet should include fat, so shoot for 44 to 77 grams of fat a day (for a 2,000-calorie diet).

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Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
kclulu, never said fat was junky. Some fat is good. I just thought that when on a diet chips and sweets and such weren't allowed. But when leading a healthy lifestyle everything in moderation is good. :)
Spectra Spectra 7 years
My mom and dad always fall for this kind of thing. They go on diets and they buy "diet" and "lite" everything--lite CoolWhip, fat free pudding, sugar free ice cream, fat free chips, fat free salad dressing, etc. What usually happens is that those kinds of products give you a false sense of security and you end up overeating them. My mom would eat half a bag of diet chips because hey, they were diet. So they had 100 calories instead of 130 calories per serving but at the end of the day, she ended up eating 600-700 calories' worth of chips that she probably didn't really need to eat.
kclulu kclulu 7 years
Autumns_Eleg, I think the post isn't really about dieting as it is how you are to eat for the rest of your life. Diets are temporary and therefore don't work but if you make lifestyle changes you can adapt over time, there should be no problem eating junkier foods in moderation. Like the post said, balance is key. Also a food can have fat and not be junky, like nuts.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
Jillian Michaels had some interesting things to say about this in her book Master Your Metabolism. In the 90's, eating healthy was equated with purchasing the "diet" version of everything, which often included a lot of preservatives and artificial ingredients. Her theory is that those things really mess with your body and actually prevent you from losing weight.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I always thought that if you were going on a diet you gave up "junky" foods, regardless of how light they were.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 7 years
My friend lived on those lays in high school for a few weeks and I remember she had to miss a week of school due to HORRIBLE diarrea issues. UGH. gross.
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