It can be difficult when you are trying to lose weight to figure out the nutritional info on food and what it means for your weight loss. Which is better for you, low calorie or low fat? Lisa Young, PhD who is the author of The Portion Teller Plan explains the difference between the two.
In a simple answer, the low calorie foods are the ones that you want to go for when you are trying to shed pounds. When you go on a diet you are aiming to reduce your caloric intake for the day. When you eat less calories than you used you, your body won’t have the excess to store as fat and will have to burn what you eat. This is what helps you to lose weight.
Low-fat foods may sound like they are great for a diet, but often times they are loaded with sugars which are just as bad for you. That package of gummy bears that you picked up because it said “low-fat snack” on the front? Loaded with sugars that will eventually turn to fat. Low-fat foods have the sugar added so that they actually taste good, but therein lies the problem. They taste too good and you think that you are being healthy and doing yourself a favor when in fact you are eating far more calories than you are aware of.
When you are on a diet, you need a little bit of the good fats in your system to help you lose the weight. These fats are the monosaturated kind and are found in avocados, nuts, and salmon. These kinds of foods are a great snack because they help you to feel full, but make sure that you control your portions still because they are heavy in calories.