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Myth 5: Low-fat and Sugar-free Foods Will Help Me Lose Weight

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Myth 5: Low-fat and Sugar-free Foods Will Help Me Lose Weight

Choosing foods with healthy fats, such as nuts or seeds, can help to keep you full for a longer period of time because fat takes longer to digest.There are many misconceptions about proper nutrition and exercise. Nutritionists from the Pediatric Fitness Clinic explore different myths and misconceptions, the truth behind them, and offer suggestions for what you can do instead.

Myth: Low-fat foods will help me to get fit.

Truth: While low-fat foods can be good choices, some are made with more sugar or salt than the original recipe.

No single food will cause you to lose weight. Dieting culture labels food as "good" and "bad." Some believe that "low-fat," "fat-free," or "sugar-free" foods are always healthful. While these foods can be healthy, some reduced fat foods are processed with more sugar or salt.

Foods that have healthy fats, such as nuts, seeds, peanut butter, olives, and hummus, can help to keep you full for a longer period of time because fat takes longer to digest. Sugar-free foods are not always better options for a similar reason. When the producer takes out the sugar, they usually replace it with fat.

These foods tend to use non-nutritive sweeteners, such as Aspartame, Sucralose, or sugar alcohols to maintain the sweet flavor. These ingredients can leave people wanting more sweet foods without the satisfaction.

Try This Instead

Add a serving of healthy fats to meals and snacks to keep you full longer. Try adding one tablespoon of an olive oil vinaigrette or seeds to salads or consider slicing up 1/4 of an avocado or one tablespoon of hummus to a sandwich.

Enjoy an ounce of heart-healthy nuts, such as walnuts, almonds or pistachios, to a piece of fresh fruit for an energy-boosting snack. Ditch sugar-free beverages and add a splash of lemon juice or sliced citrus fruits to chilled water.

Parental Advice

Be true to the original recipe. Enjoy a smaller serving of a tasty dessert or salty snack and savor every bite. Fill your home with "real" foods and practice moderation.