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What is the best low fat diet to try, and will such an eating plan lead to long term weight loss?

Too much fat is bad for you. Following a diet high in fatty foods will eventually lead to weight gain and a host of health problems.

So in terms of weight loss, fat must be the enemy. Well, not quite. Although reducing your daily intake of fat is a good step to losing weight, it's important not to reduce fat too much. Your body needs fat to function effectively and efficiently. Target the harmful saturated and hydrogenated fats instead of the more healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats.

There are many low fat diets to choose from, each recommending different eating plans and different food choices. Choosing the best plan is not an easy task. There isn't one program that works significantly better than the others. But in general, it's better to choose a low fat diet that isn't too restrictive. The less choice a diet has, the less chance you'll have of sticking to it.

However, it's worth noting that you don't need to follow a low fat diet to reduce your intake or saturated and hydrogenated fats. All it takes is a little common sense when it comes to your food choices. If you simply must buy mayonnaise, buy low fat mayonnaise. If you have a penchant for cheese sandwiches at lunch time, use low fat cheese. Losing weight isn't brain science, although it does feel that way sometimes.

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