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Confused In Low Fat & Low Calorie?

Most people usually have a number in mind that he/she wants to achieve as far as his weight is concerned.

In this age of perception, we can all agree that no matter how much we would like to conceal it; not having the body that you want tends to hurt a person’s confidence. And if there is one thing that we need to get ahead in life in today’s society it is confidence that we shouldn’t have any lacking of.

What Bars Us From Achieving The Weight That We Want?

There are different factors that contribute to what our actual weight will become and more often than not these factors works against us from having our ideal weight instead. I’m talking about the most common talking points when you’re dealing with weight such as:

  • Lifestyle
  • Level of Physical Activities
  • Genes
  • Diet

On this article, we’re going to tackle some two very important key points on the factors we are having difficulty the most – diet. Yes ma’am, surprisingly even with all the TV shows, tips and reminders, the health danger of having lots of weight; America is still primarily an obese country. Hopefully this post would unravel the depths of this problem a little better.

A Common Confusion

You won’t believe how many people search the internet daily to find out what’s the difference between low fat and low calorie. I understand that food labels are confusing so here is a rundown of the two:

Low calorie

There are six nutrients that our body needs to function properly (carbs, fats, protein, water, vitamins and minerals). A balanced diet is composed of meals that contain all six at appropriate amounts. Dieticians and health practitioners strive hard to teach us moderation in eating. To do this, they quantified each nutrient by calories. For example: a gram of protein or carbohydrates equates to 4 calories. Fat however, just another kind of nutrient yields a higher amount of calories which is 9.

Having said that, to achieve a diet in which you’ll achieve a lesser weight you would have to control your total calorie intake each meal so that it doesn’t exceed the number you burn from doing physical activities. Bear in mind though that you cannot remove a single nutrient totally out of your diet even fat. Again because each one serves a specific function that the body requires.

Low fat

As you can see low fat and low calories are different, fat is just one of the kinds of minerals. But it is the most ridiculed of all because of the amount of calorie it yields per gram. Having low amounts of it would certainly result to a much lower calorie intake than say if you lower protein intake instead.

Fat always gets the bad press because it is linked to cholesterol which has a number of negative effects on the body. The most notable of these effects is heart disease which is always at the top of leading causes of death. So it is logical to focus more on low fat almost as much as lowering our calorie intake because it not only gets rid of the flabs but also the health dangers.

Julian Hooks is a contributing blogger for JenningsWire, a blogging community created by Annie Jennings.