Not as popular now as the more heavily publicized diets such as Atkins, South Beach and The GI diet, low fat diets still have a great deal to recommend them. Although diets based on lowering the amounts of carbohydrates, recommend the intake of a variety of fatty foods, many dietitians have long been of the opinion that a low fat and high fiber diet is the best combination for weight loss and health. There have been many diet books covering the low fat weight loss diet, such as the Rosemary Connelly Diet. This maintained that a very low level of fat together with an increased amount of dietary fiber, as in whole meal bread, pasta and brown rice, would aid weight loss and help you to maintain a satisfactory level. Although a low fat weight loss diet is generally considered to be one of the more sensible diets, you should always consult your doctor before starting a new pattern of eating. One of the easiest ways to start a low fat diet is to cut down on the amount of fried foods that you eat. There are perfectly acceptable alternative ways of cooking most foods that are normally fried. Even French fries ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Winning the Weight-Loss Battle Page 10 can be made in the oven, using very small amounts of fat when compared with deep-frying. An easy way to get a good start with a low fat weight loss diet is to buy a steamer. This is a very quick and efficient way of cooking foods, with a minimal loss of vitamins and minerals and is of course very low fat. Steaming is a very good way to cook and can replace a deep fat fryer for some cooking, as well as providing a simple way of cooking many healthy alternatives to bought in convenience meals. Lowering your intake of butter and margarine is another simple way to lower your intake of fat and help weight loss. You don’t even have to change what you eat. You can make a difference by either spreading the butter or margarine very thinly or just leaving it our altogether. Reducing fat in your diet does not have to be complicated and there are some very simple things that you can do to make a difference. When cooking meat it is possible to remove some of the fat before you start cooking and if you also grill the meat instead of frying it, you have removed a substantial amount of fat and possibly helped towards your weight loss goals. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Winning the Weight-Loss Battle Page 11 Cutting down on eating pastry is a good way to help weight loss. Pastry can contain a large amount of fat, so just by choosing a lower fat alternative you can make a difference to your chances of reaching your target. There are some fats that many dieticians believe are good for you, such as olive oil and oily fish and these can be included in a low fat diet. It is really a question of balance. A good low fat weight loss diet can be a very healthy way to lose those extra pounds. Your doctor should be able to provide you with good advice on the best way to choose a diet and how best to make it work for you.