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Sources of Fat in Your Diet

If you want to lose weight and reduce your excess body fat, it's a good idea to reduce your intake of dietary fat. Here's a rough summary of where the fat in your diet comes from.

  • 25 percent of fat comes from meat and meat products
    This is not just fat we can see on things like chops, but the hidden fat in things like sausages, pies, pates and salami. Up to two-thirds of the calories in something like a meat pie may come from fat.
  • 21 percent of fat comes from butter and margarines
    Remember that even margarines labeled 'high in polyunsaturates' like sunflower margarine contain just as many calories as butter.
  • 14 percent of fat comes from cooking oils and fats
    It's possible to eliminate almost entirely this source of fat - and without too much pain!
  • 11 percent of fat comes from milk
    On average we drink quite a lot of milk, and, so, although whole milk only contains 4 per cent fat, the total amount of fat we consume from milk may be significant. Drinking half a pint - 10 fl oz (300ml) of milk a day is the equivalent of drinking a pint (600ml) of single cream a week! Moral? Choose fat-free milk.
  • 7 percent of fat comes from cookies, cakes and pastries
    You don't need to stretch your imagination to know how to eliminate this source of fat when you want to lose weight!
  • 7 percent of fat comes from cream and cheese
  • 15 percent of fat comes from other foods

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