8 Tips For Low Fat Eating

It should be noted from the outset that your body needs a certain amount of fat each day for cellular function. Fats are important for the production of a whole host of enzymes, chemicals and cellular needs. The problem is that we often eat the wrong types of fats and therefore gain weight.

1. Start with dairy. There is hidden fat is cheeses and milk. If you drink whole milk, slowly step down your milk fat until you can drink skim milk. Or, choose soy milk which contains the protein and vitamins you need without the extra fat.

2. Exchange thick sauces and creams for broths. You eat broth in your soup. Use it as a base for marinating and cooking other foods. Instead of water, use chicken broth to cook rice and noodles. The broth will flavor them so there is no need to add butter or margarine.

3. Try vinegar and oil on your salad tonight. Creamy salad dressings add a ton of fat. Just look at the label. Use flavored vinegars and vegetable or olive oil to top your salad. Lemon also works but is more bitter.

4. Go without fried foods. Frying makes the skin crispy and good but the skin is the part of the chicken we don’t need to eat. Opt for baked chicken that has been marinated or try oven fried chicken instead. Remove the skin before battering the chicken.

5. Steam your vegetables. Sautéing or stir-frying requires that you add oil to your pan. Steaming seals in the flavor and the nutrients without the fat. You can use a saucepan or a special steamer for the job.

6. Eat lean cuts of meat. Try to purchase meat with the fat already cut off. If you can’t, remove skin from chicken and the fat layer from around red meat and pork before eating.

7. Satisfy sweet cravings with a piece of fresh fruit instead of ice cream. Full fat ice cream is loaded with calories from fat. Fruit has natural sweetness and fewer calories. If you must have ice cream, try fat-free frozen yogurt instead.

8. Cook more. This eliminates the dependence on pre-packaged foods for meals that are filled with fat and preservatives. You and your family can experiment with new foods and expand your palate while avoiding fat traps with foods that are prepared by someone else.

Reducing fat doesn’t mean you have to lose taste. Learn to flavor foods with seasonings. Use the above tips to get you started.