Which Should You Really Be Worried About: Calories or Fat?

Low-fat items could actually make you gain weight

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Fat is not always the enemy on nutrition labels.

When it comes to losing weight, something’s gotta give — and to your dismay, something’s gotta go. Revamping your diet and amping up your exercise routine go hand in hand when you are trying to shed pounds. The foods you eat are crucial during your weight-loss journey, and it is way more significant to focus on low-calorie healthy foods instead of low-fat unhealthy foods.

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According to Dr. Lisa Young, author of The Portion Teller, weight loss comes down to the calories that enter your body and the calories that leave your body through exercise. “Ultimately, weight loss is about calorie intake,” Young told Women’s Health.If you take in fewer calories each day, you will slim down.”

When you go to the grocery store, it’s easy to think that the low-fat foods could help you lose weight — but think again. Instead, these low-fat foods replace fat with sugar, which is loaded with calories. Also, avoiding fat can actually hurt your weight-loss plan. Healthy fats, such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats — found in almonds and avocados — can actually help you lose weight.


If you are serious about losing weight, consult with your doctor or nutritionist so that you are eating enough calories to maintain your health but subtracting enough calories to lose weight.