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How can eating low-fat foods make me gain weight?

Most of us think that foods labeled "low fat" will help us lose weight. In fact, they may do the opposite. According to recent research, low-fat labels prompt people to overindulge three different ways.
  • Food fake-out. People ate 28% more M&M's when they were labeled "low fat," not "regular," and overweight people consumed nearly 50% more calories. Bottom line: It's all about calories.
  • Portion distortion. People believed that an appropriate serving size for low-fat food was 25% larger than the full-fat version. Bottom line: Retrain your eyes. Get the skinny on sensible portion sizes.
  • Guilt, schmilt. When people saw low-fat labels on granola, the guilt factor went away. Bottom line: Guilt isn't a bad thing when it helps control your appetite.

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