Eat Less Fat
Dieters should eat several foods in moderation. They include foods that are high in fat and sodium. Foods that are high in trans fats and saturated fats should be avoided because they are thought to be a major cause of illnesses such as heart disease. Foods containing these fats include meat, cheese, milk and butter. These fats are also contained in coconut and palm oils. Along with eating these unhealthy fats in moderation, the dieter can choose to replace the unhealthy fats with healthy alternatives. A person should use skim milk instead of whole milk or cream. Foods should be steamed, baked, broiled, boiled or microwaved instead of being fried.
Eat Less Sodium
The body needs a certain amount of sodium, which is why sodium needs to be part of the diet. However, most people eat too much sodium especially from the table salt added to food or from foods bought from companies that over-salt their products. A body that has less sodium is healthier than the one that is high in sodium content. People with high blood pressure are encouraged to eat less sodium to lower their blood pressure levels and reduce any risk of getting heart disease. People should avoid eating foods that are high in salt such as potato chips, which are salted. Choosing a lower salt version of the product is a great way to reduce sodium intake.
Eat Less/Fewer Calories
Here is the cornerstone of the eat less diet. Losing weight is all about eating fewer calories than the body needs to perform daily activities. Consuming more calories than the body needs leads to weight gain and those who are overweight are at a higher risk of getting weight related diseases. Eating fewer calories than the body needs therefore leads to weight loss, which reduces the chances of getting sick.
How Do I Know the Fat, Sodium and Calorie Content of My Food?
Reading labels can help the dieter identify foods that should be eaten moderately. The words/percentages to look out for in relation to nutritional facts are words such as total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium in addition to old faithful, the calorie.
This post is part of the series: Diets That Work
- The Eat Less Diet – Old Faithful is Always Here
- The Higher Protein Diet – Weight Loss Program
- The Mediterranean Diet – Rich Foods, Heart Healthy Weight Loss
- The Very Low Calorie Diet – Low, Low Calories