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The Eat Less Diet – Old Faithful is Always Here

written by: Summer Banks • edited by: Diana Cooper • updated: 10/7/2010

Consumption of most types of foods may not have any grave consequences as long as these foods are eaten in moderation. It is when the dieter eats more than the body needs that health may decline and weight may incline.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.