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Fat Intake May Not Affect Your Weight

Following a low-fat diet may do little for your waistline according to a study published in the December 2009 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

For the study, researchers from the Institute of Metabolic Science in Cambridge, England analyzed data on nearly 90,000 men and women from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition Study. The participants were followed for up to 10 years and their dietary habits were recorded.

The average fat intake among the participants ranged from 31% to 37% of total calories. US dietary recommendations state that people should maintain a daily fat intake of 20%-35% of total calories.

The participants gained an average of about a quarter of a pound every year but the researchers found no association between weight gain and fat intake.

The researchers also saw no difference in weight gain based on the specific kind of fat the participants consumed.

These findings seem to indicate that focusing on fat intake may not the best way to maintain a healthy weight.

The researchers warn that this should in no way encourage people to eat as much fat as they want because diets high in fat have been shown to cause numerous health issues such as heart disease.

When trying to lose weight it is much more important to keep an eye on total calorie intake and reduce the amount of sugar, alcohol and junk food you eat. Exercising and eating a healthy diet are obviously essential as well.

To best maintain your health, try eating more healthy fats like nuts, fish and vegetable oils and less unhealthy fats like saturated and trans fats.

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