Low-Fat Diet (50 Grams)
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
What Is a Fat-Restricted Diet?
A fat-restricted diet limits the fat you can eat each day.
Why Should I Follow This Diet?
This diet may be given to people with health problems that make it hard to process fat. Examples are chronic pancreatitis and gallbladder disease. A fat-restricted diet will lower the side effects of fat malabsorption, such as diarrhea, gas, and cramping.
The Diet Basics
A fat-restricted diet often limits fat to 50 grams per day. Fat has nine calories per gram. So, if you need 2,000 calories each day, this means about 22% of those calories can be from fat. The rest should be from carbs and proteins.
Eating Guide for This Diet
This guide is broken down into categories based on the Choose My Plate website. You should work with a dietitian to find out how many servings of each category to eat. Here are some tips:
Choose My Plate—US Department of Agriculture
Eat Right—Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Canadian Association of Gastroenterology
Dietitians of Canada
Dietary guidelines for Americans 2015-2020. US Department of Agriculture and US Department of Health and Human Services. Available at: https://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015. Accessed December 3, 2018.
Dietary fat. EBSCO Nursing Reference Center website. Available at: https://www.ebscoh.... Updated March 9, 2018. Accessed December 3, 2018.
Diets for weight loss. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: https://www.dyname.... Updated November 30, 2018. Accessed December 3, 2018.
What is MyPlate? Choose My Plate—US Department of Agriculture website. Available at: https://www.choosemyplate.gov/MyPlate. Accessed December 3, 2018.
Last reviewed December 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review BoardDianne Scheinberg Rishikof MS, RD, LDN
Last Updated: 12/3/2018
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