Low Fat Diet vs Healthy Diet

How should be your healthy Diet, is it wise to go with low calories diet? Explains Dr. Manisha Khosla.

As per researchers, fat intake is also necessary for health. They think that low-fat and no-fat foods should be considered as an option to prevent any ailment. In fact, they have asked to put an end on total dietary fat.

Limit should be applicable only on saturated fat. To cite an example, saturated fats should be just 10% of a person’s total calorie intake. Jessica Cording, a New York City registered dietitian, said that confusion will happen if restriction on fat is taken off.

“Removing the guidelines, especially without providing any education to give context to the role of fat in the diet, isn’t necessarily going to fix anything”, affirmed Cording. Information should be available for people, so that they can make choices that will keep them healthy.

In the 1970s and 1980s, the belief was levying a limit on fat would target saturated fat. But things did not move as decided, as people started avoid all types of fats and started the approach of a no-fat or low-fat diet approach.

The key to a healthy balanced diet is:

eating the right amount of food for how active you are

eating a range of foods – this is what balanced means

The range of foods in your diet should include:

plenty of fruit and vegetables

plenty of bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and other starchy foods (choosing wholegrain varieties when possible)

some milk and dairy foods (choosing lower-fat varieties when possible)

some meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein

just a small amount of foods high in fat and sugar

For more information, see the eatwell plate that shows:

the different types of food you need to eat

how much of what you eat should come from each food group

Healthy eating tips


Eating well plays an important part in maintaining good health. Below are eight practical tips that cover the basics of healthy eating and can help you make healthier choices:

Base your meals on starchy foods as these give you energy. Choose wholegrain varieties (or eat potatoes with their skins on) when you can: they contain more fibre.

Eat at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables a day. See 5 a day: what counts? for more information.

Eat more fish. Eat at least two portions of fish every week, including one portion of oily fish such as mackerel or sardines. If you’re vegetarian and don’t eat fish, see five essential nutrients for vegetarians for more information on a healthy vegetarian diet.

Cut down on saturated fat and sugar. See healthy food swaps for healthier choices.

Eat less salt – no more than 6g a day for adults. For tips on how to do this, see Say no to salt.

Get active and be a healthy weight. Use the healthy weight calculator to check if your weight is healthy.

Drink plenty of water, about six to eight glasses of water (or other fluids) every day. To find out why this is important, see water and drinks.

Don’t skip breakfast because it gives you the energy you need for the day. See five healthy breakfasts for ideas.

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