Eat plenty of plant foods (such as whole-grain products, fruits, and vegetables) and a moderate amount of lean and low-fat, animal-based food (meat and dairy products) to help control your fat, cholesterol, carbs, and calories.When you're shopping, choose lean meats, fish, and poultry. Other good low-fat sources of protein include dried beans and peas, tofu, low-fat yogurt, low-fat or skim milk, low-fat cheese, and tuna packed in water.Choose simply prepared foods such as broiled, roasted, or baked fish or chicken.Avoid fried or sautéed foods, casseroles, and foods with heavy sauces or gravies.If you replace high-fat foods with high-calorie foods, like sweets, you’ll likely gain weight rather than lose weight.To lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you eat.You can do that by exercising more and by eating less fat and fewer calories.Experts recommend that most adults get 20%-35% of their daily calories from fat.
Eat a variety of lower-fat foods to get all the nutrients you need.
Ask that your food be cooked without added butter, margarine, gravy, or sauce.
It's true that a diet high in fat can lead to weight gain.
But it takes more than just eating low-fat foods to lose weight. Remember, your body stores extra calories as fat, even if they come from fat-free, trans fat-free, and low-fat foods.
Choose foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, flaxseed, and walnuts for heart health.
The American Heart Association recommends eating fatty fish such as salmon twice weekly for the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids.