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If healthy eating is one of your New Yearís resolutions, donít be lured into trying all manner of fad diets that force you to abandon whole food groups. A low fat diet is not a no fat diet. Some dietary fat is actually necessary. You can still enjoy dairy products and meat, simply choose lower fat or lean varieties; and sparing use of heart-healthy oils is encouraged. Want to know more? Take a look at my 10 Ways to Begin a Low Fat Diet, and also my article on Low Fat Living, then you can look forward to a happy, healthy 2006.


June 26, 2008 at 7:35 pm
(1) Kathy says:

How many fat grams should I be having each day?

January 16, 2009 at 2:55 pm
(2) Donny says:

How many grams of sugar should I have a day?

February 22, 2009 at 10:05 pm
(3) maddie says:

Everyone needs to keep in mind that with certain illnesses you cannot have ANY FAT AT ALL for lengths of time. I have acute severe pancreatitis and I can’t eat ANY fat for awhile and I am sick of the same old lecture about how bad no fat at all is, because for some like me, fat would kill me right now. Just please take note of that. I wish there were some websites that catered to or at least mentioned illnesses where SICK people are LEGITIMATELY seeking no fat diets so that they will live to see another day, not to be a size 2. Thanks.

March 28, 2009 at 7:10 pm
(4) Marsha says:

Maddie, I, too, have just had a round of severe acute pancreatitis and was in the hospital 11 days. While my doctor didn’t say “no” fat, he did say “low” fat eating was necessary for me. He didn’t give me any time line, just that I needed a low-fat diet to prevent complications. If you would like to email me, my email is mperkins09@windstream.net. Hope you are doing better!

June 26, 2009 at 9:50 am
(5) Jennifer says:

I totally understand what you are talking about. I had my gallbladder removed and my doctor wants me on a 20 gram fat diet. I need a low fat diet for my health and my weight. If I eat a lot of fat I get very ill. It is very difficult. I wish there was a website we could go to as well, that would help a lot. Not everyone does the low fat just for weight loss. Anyway, feel free to e-mail me!

June 26, 2009 at 9:58 am
(6) Jennifer says:

I forgot to mention that I am also lactose intolerant and sugar sensitive. So add those to my 20 gram fat diet and it complicates things considerably. I really don’t know what I can eat and still feel satisfied and not starving all the time.

August 5, 2009 at 10:23 am
(7) Amber says:

I think your all crazy. Fat is great!! I love my rolls of fat layered onto my volumtious body. Eat more fat..you only live once!!

August 5, 2009 at 12:24 pm
(8) Chris says:

I have found that a great way to maintain and lose weight and enjoy yourself at the same time, is by making your own food! I just got into cooking.. my gf bought me this hilarious beginners cookbook called “Get in the Kitchen, BIT@HES!” (bitchcooks.com).. besides being hilarious.. really has some great starter recipes and food I never thought I could make myself.. check out the free recipes on the site… youll see.. plus.. i get the added bonus of my gf telling me to “get in the kitchen, Bit@H!”.. have to say that’s pretty hot…lol

August 5, 2009 at 11:26 pm
(9) Gary says:

For a low-fat meal, contact someone who has the “Herbalife” Meal Replacement Shakes. They are great tasting, fill you for 4-5 hours and come in 7 flavors. Plus there is only 1gm of Fat per serving.
Cost is about $1.25 a meal and that includes a piece of fruit and milk.

August 11, 2009 at 6:29 pm
(10) phil says:

I feel for all of you. I had my gallbladder out earlier this spring. I am having a difficult time eating certain foods. I am told to stay on a low fat diet. But I still can’t eat dairy, deep fried or red meats. I am not worried about losing any more weight-I would love to do drive through and eat a dble cheese burger with ff and a hot fudge sundae!! If anyone has some good hints of what works or ideas-I am ready to listen.

August 12, 2009 at 3:48 pm
(11) Forrest says:

I have always had a low fat diet since i’m a runner. when i do try to add fat to my diet i usually get constipated and gassy and lose my appetite which is kinda weird but a low fat diet makes me feel the best and isn’t that whats most important?

August 16, 2009 at 6:30 pm
(12) Lucy says:

I agree whole-heartedly that there could be more information on living on a very low/no fat diet because of medical reasons. No-where seems to offer advice on low-fat but not necessarily low-calorie diets. My husband desperately needs to put on weight but has pancreatic insufficiency due to cancer treatment and I’d love to be able to feed him with more suitable recipes: if anyone knows of a useful website, do share please!

August 25, 2009 at 12:50 pm
(13) jl says:

genarally speaking no more than 10% of your total daily calories should come from fat most being unsaturated.

October 13, 2009 at 2:16 pm
(14) stevie says:

i looking for lowfat diet, i get lot exercise throug walking and work 12 hour shift

October 22, 2009 at 2:10 pm
(15) Simmy says:

I simpathize w/ you. I can’t imagine your predicament. I’ve found that if a recipe asks that you saute’ onions in oil or butter, you can do so w/out the oil on a non-stick pan/pot. I’ve been doing so for years.

Here’s my favorite go-to NO FAT marinara sauce recipe. Good Luck to you.

NO Fat Chunky Marinara sauce

2 (14.5 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes
1 can of mushrooms
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
4 clove garlic, minced
2 carrots
1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/3 cup finely diced onion
1/2 cup white wine or water.

1. In a food processor finely chop the garlic & carrots, add Italian tomatoes, tomato paste, chopped parsley, oregano, salt, and pepper and pulse until tomatoes are chunky.
2. In a large skillet over medium heat brown the finely chopped onion for 3-5 minutes. Add the blended tomato sauce and white wine (or water).
3. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve over whole wheat pasta of your choice.

November 6, 2011 at 7:59 pm
(16) Yiyi says:

For those that suffer from Gastritis and Gallbladder stones we are adviced NOT TO EAT ANYTHING with High amounts of acid or fat. So Onions, Garlic, Black Pepper(or any type) is out of the question. Especially tomato or wine. All those ingredients kick up your biles and can irritate people that should be on low fat diets. Of course some people tolerate more than others but its best to try not to have them unless you happen to go out somewhere and its all there is…but be prepared for attacks after..

March 28, 2010 at 8:42 pm
(17) scott says:

Great article , the only thing I would add would be if your goal is to lose weight to eat more frequently, like 4 to 5 times per day this keeps your metabolism fired up and burning fat. Of course they would be smaller meals. You are right most of us do need some fat in our diets.

April 12, 2010 at 8:32 pm
(18) janet says:

I can not have fat eaither I have NAFLD (liver disease) with a bit of scoliosis of the liver

May 8, 2010 at 12:25 am
(19) Aigloblam says:

I just got test results back with my Triglycerides at over 5 thousand. Im having NO ill health effects other than a bit of extra weight (and thats coming off fast now that im watching what i eat, Only the quantity tho)….Im just trying to lower that down before i actually see effects. Im willing to bet that the first effect i see, will be Death. Im not pleased.

August 1, 2010 at 3:50 pm
(20) Drea says:

Hi..my Daughter is a type one diabetic, she has been diagnosed with eosiniphilic gastroenteritis. the Doctors says she should try a low fat diet. she is 13 and I’m not sure what kind?

October 7, 2010 at 12:48 pm
(21) Joe says:

Fat is not BAD, carbs are not BAD, protein is not BAD.
And none of these macronutrients are FATTENING or UNHEALTHY if natural.

What is BAD is eating wrong food and ratios for YOUR body.

Some people NEED a HIGH PROTEIN & HIGH FAT diet & LOW CARB to feel energized both physically and mentally and to be HEALTHY and free from cravings.

Some people do best on a HIGH CARB & LOW PROTEIN & LOW FAT diet for the same reasons.

Some people need a very balanced diet.

It depends on your current “Metabolic type” – Look that up.

In fact a low fat diet could be really dangerous for some people who actually requires lots of animal fat/meat, oils and raw butter!!!

May 7, 2011 at 10:51 am
(22) Dave says:

I have pancreatitis, and found this online.. good place for those with gallstones/pancreatitis to start at… though everyone reacts differently and has different levels of severity.


May 17, 2012 at 12:31 pm
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June 11, 2012 at 10:31 am
(24) trey says:

Hi my name is Trey. My gaul bladder was recently taken out and i was diagnosed with pancreatitis at the age of 25. I love to cook and have been looking for some good receipes for a pancreatitis cook book. Please help!

July 25, 2012 at 12:52 pm
(25) joan says:

My doctor recently diagnosed me with NAFLD, like Janet, and said the only solution is a “no-fat diet”. But even vegetables have traces of fat, so I feel set up because a no-fat diet is impossible. I wrote to the Liver Foundation too and they wrote back and said they disagree with prescribing a “no-fat diet” to manage NAFLD because some fat and certain types of fat are important for health and digestion. In addition, it is assumed by many that NAFLD is caused only by eating high fat, but that is not true for me. I eat far less fat than most and have been lactose-vegetarian most of my adult life, only adding fish and omega-fortified eggs when my internist recommended it. I grew up with a mother who had bulimia by proxy, who denied me breakfast and lunch, fed me double meat portions for dinner and followed that up with three different types of laxatives and whiskey. When I left home I weighed 85 pounds. A doctor diagnosed me with “huge” ulcers that I have continued to suffer from as well as diverticular disease I developed at a young age. NAFLD can be caused by protein malnutrition even in the west if you have been starved of protein or have been treated like I was growing up. Also, trauma and stress impacts girth and affects how the body processes fat. Finally, some drugs can directly damage the body, such a tylenol, while others lower the metabolism and impact how the body processes fat. For my diet, I am eating about 10 grams of fat per day and including lean protein fish that I poach, and lean chicken and one-at-a-time poached omega-fortified eggs. Finally, I eat rice bread, no wheat, as that is also recommended. And to make my plant-based diet more palatable, I’m using spices like cumin, cloves, cinnamon, turmeric, and while i know some people can’t use pepper, for those who can, a little cayenne or jalepeno can add flavour especially when enhanced with a little honey. Bon appetit!

May 7, 2013 at 3:28 pm
(26) Sung says:

The person who tries to lose weight without exercise will not achieve it as well,
as quick, or with the same results. Once the weight loss stops this is
what the daily carb intake will need to be for weight management to avoid gaining back the
weight they have lost. In most cases, limiting starch intake
overall is recommended.

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