Most of us are probably familiar with the concept of low fat diet plans. They work by restricting the amount of saturates, monounsaturates and polyunsaturates that we ingest.
The idea with low fat diets is that if you consume less of these high energy foods, you'll consume fewer calories, and also you body won't have the opportunity to store the energy from these foods (which causes weight gain).
However, nutritionalists warn us that some of these high energy foods are actually good for us, and that eliminating all of them from our diet can cause us to become malnourished. So how much should we cut back if we're considering the low fat diet plans? And are these eating plans effective?
Eating plans that restrict your intake to less than 20% of what you eat tend to become boring and restrictive, which means you're more likely to give the eating plan up quicker. They also limit high energy foods whith are good for you, such as oily fish which contains Omega 3 acids, nuts, seeds and oils.
You're far better off to restrict your intake so that 30% of your total calories come from these foods. That works out to be roughly 45 grams each day. This will allow for more variety in your eating plan, and make sure that you don't miss out on important nutrients.
This eating plan does have an effect, but works gradually over a reasonable amount of time, and should be combined with an effective exercise routine. If you are considering a weight loss plan, it's wise to consult your doctor, who may be able to advise and counsel you.