On the shelves of shops, we more and more often find Light products – these are skim milk, kefir, cottage cheese, cheese and mayonnaise … Every year the range of such products expands, but we are not becoming lighter and healthier.
It would seem that light foods have some advantages: less fat, lower calorie content. That is why they are chosen by people who monitor blood cholesterol levels and dieters. But at the same time, nutritionists do not advise to get carried away with low-fat foods. Our diet must be balanced, and these foods represent a dietary paradox.
What are the traps of low-fat foods?
1 trap. Indeed, the fat in them, in comparison with other products, is much less, but How long sugar! Manufacturers are forced to add carbohydrates to them, otherwise it will be completely tasteless.
2 trap. There is an opinion that a lightweight product can be eaten 2 times more than a regular one. Nothing like this. For example:
40 grams of cheese 17% fat = 108 kcal
20 grams of cheese 45% fat = 72 kcal
That is, in 2 slices of cheese 17% fat content of calories is 1,5 times more than in 1 slice of regular cheese.
Try to give preference to foods with low fat content, rather than fat-free
Milk, sour cream, yogurt – only these products do not cause concern. They are really good for losing weight. It is only necessary to remember that after a snack of 0 cottage cheese or yogurt there is no full saturation and we still want to eat. Therefore, when snacking on these products throughout the day, be sure to supplement them with complex carbohydrates: crispbread, wholemeal bread, etc.
If you supply the body with only carbohydrates during the day, then it will begin to convert carbohydrates into fats and put them in reserve. And it is possible that they will be light products. With such products, fat metabolism is completely disrupted. The body, especially the female, needs fats. But it is better to consume vegetable fats, then the balance will be observed. Take polyunsaturated and fatty acids – they are very beneficial for the body. They are found in avocados, nuts, seeds, vegetable oil.
Combine foods of different fat content so as not to hinder the metabolism and get all the necessary vitamins.
Can I eat low-calorie cakes and desserts?
Separately, it is worth touching on the topic of low-calorie cakes and pastries. As a rule, we buy a cake for a holiday and try to choose one marked “Low-calorie”. But if you look closely and compare the low-calorie cakes with the regular ones, we will see very little difference in calories. For example, a regular Sour Cream cake – 282 kcal / 100 grams, and a low-calorie yogurt cake – 273 kcal / 100 grams, while Medovik cake can be considered quite high-calorie, and it has 328 kcal / 100 grams, which is only 55 kcal / 100 grams more than a low-calorie one. … Different manufacturers have different recipes and calories.
Therefore, you cannot lose weight by eating a low-calorie, low-fat product and eating a cake, you must remember the measure and benefits.
We overeat low-calorie foods!
Numerous television programs have experimented with giving a participant a low-calorie meal for one month to see How long weight they will lose in the course of the experiment. And what turned out to be? In all cases, the participants gained weight. The reason lay in the fact that while eating low-calorie and low-fat foods, people did not gorge themselves and took snacks, and many, believing that low-fat foods could be eaten more, simply overeating their daily calorie intake and gaining weight.
Summing up under the above, you can advise, pay attention to the composition of the products and buy and eat foods with normal fat content within reasonable limits, and be slim and healthy! And also look for recipes for healthy dishes and cook yourself. Then, you will know exactly what you eat.