Low Fat and Very Low-Fat Diets

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

For the last 20 years, health authorities have been saying that a low fat diet is best. Indeed many people have been able to gain some control over their weight by lowering their fat consumption. However there is much argument as to whether low fat is best.

More modern research is beginning to show that fat in our diet may not be the sole culprit for obesity problems in society, and that it is very important to differentiate between types of fat.

Low Fat – 20-30% of calories come from fats

Very Low Fat – 0-19% of calories come from fats.

Some Popular Low Fat Diets

80 10 10 DietSimilar to the Ornish diet, this plan promotes eating a diet of 10% fat.
Abs DietSyetem for increasing muscle mass and definition by eating a high protein low fat diet.
Diet-to-GoMeal delivery based diet that offers both low fat regular and low fat vegetarian options.
eDietsOffers a low fat plan as part of their extensive dieting services.
Fat Loss For IdiotsThe diet is high in protein, low in fat, and with reduced carbohydrates.
F-PlanAgain, popular in the late 1980s – this plan emphasized high fiber.
Hip and Thigh DietRosemary Conley’s very low fat diet was very popular during the early 1990s.
Jenny CraigBased on premade frozen meals; 60% carbohydrates, 20% protein, and 20% fat and are supplemented with fresh fruits and vegetables and low fat dairy products.
Karl Lagerfeld DietLow fat, low carb, and high protein plan that the designer followed to lose weight.
Mayo Clinic PlanThis low fat diet is a healthy version of the Fad Mayo Clinic Diet
No-Fad DietLow fat diet from the American Heart association.
Ornish DietVery low fat diet from Dr Dean Ornish.
Pritikin Diet Very low fat, high carb diet.
Rice DietThe daily diet contains 5 gm or less of fat, about 20 gm of protein, and not more than 150 mg of sodium.
ScarsdalePopular in the 1970s – this is a low fat, high protein diet.
Starch SolutionDr. John McDougall outlines the scientific research in support of the health and weight loss benefits of a starch-based diet.
Weight WatchersDieters are discouraged from eating high fat foods as they are high in daily points.

See Also

The importance of fats (fatty acids, saturated/unsaturated fats) in the body and in the diet.

Low Fat recipes can be found here.

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
Last Reviewed: July 10, 2014. Disclaimer
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