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One of the most popular ways in which many people go about attempting to lose weight is by going on a low fat or very low fat diet. There are many to choose from and participants can even opt to go without guidance as the rules are simple; all but cut out your daily intake of fat. For a low fat diet the general rule is to only get 20% – 30% of your daily calories from fat where as a very low fat diet only calls for 20% or less.
The premise of these diets is to consume more of what is low in fat or even fat free. With plenty of “fat free” foods on the market, participants usually have a wide variety of specialty foods they can buy at specialty stores and many retail grocery stores.
Do Dieters Lose Weight on the Very Low Fat Diet?
Low fat diets will work wonders and very low fat diets work even better, but they only work for so long. The problem is that the body needs a certain amount of fat in order to stay balanced. When you deprive your body of too much fat it thinks back to a time where fats where actually hard to come by. So, its natural survival instincts will kick in and it will then store any fat it does get. This means weight loss coming to an abrupt halt and might even lead to weight gain in the long run.
Is the Very Low Fat Diet Easy to Follow?
With all the specialty foods now made available for low fat and very low fat diets you might think it is a relatively easy diet to follow. However, many of the low fat and no fat foods that are sold are filled with so much sugar and chemicals that the absence of fat means little.
Add to that the fact that the low fat and very low fat food industry is a multi-billion dollar one that relies on those trying to lose weight with their foods to largely fail. So, not only is it hard to know what you should and shouldn’t eat, it can also be quite expensive. That cost can quickly turn into frustration if you are spending a lot of money on these specialty foods only to find you are not losing any weight.
It sounds great to say you are on a low fat or very low fat diet, but sounding great alone will not get you to your weight loss goals. While any successful diet should cut out a lot of the bad fat that you might be used to consuming on a daily basis, no diet should totally deprive your body of certain food groups. Fats have their place in any well balanced and safe diet so a low fat or very low fat diet will never be able to be considered fully balanced or safe rendering it ineffective in the end.
So What Really Works?*
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*Individual results will vary.