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Do fat-free foods really help with weight loss?

Lona Sandon
Nutrition & Dietetics

Fat free does not mean calorie free. When fat is taken out of food it is often replaced with sugar or other forms of carbohydrate that keep the calories about the same as the regular version of the food. To lose weight, you need to create a calorie deficit by eating a little less and moving around more. 

Fat in food helps make it flavorful, pleasurable to eat, and satisfying. Going fat free with many foods could lead you to eat more if it is lacking taste and satisfaction.

Some fat is healthy for us. Choose the right fats by adding nuts, seeds, nut butters, avocados, and vegetable oils to your diet. 

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