When you scan the supermarket shelves while dieting, you probably look out for phrases like ‘low-fat,’ ‘low-calorie,’ and ‘fat-free.’ And it makes sense that you would do that. After all, if you’re dieting to get rid of fat, so that must mean that low-fat and fat-free foods would be the perfect things to eat. Well, that isn’t the whole story. Yes, some fats can cause you to gain weight – fats like hydrogenated oils. But there’s more to weight gain than fat consumption. Carbohydrates, fiber, and protein play important roles in maintaining a healthy weight too. Simply cutting fat out of your diet and disregarding other core nutrients will not lead to weight loss. In fact, studies have confirmed that low-fat diets don’t promote long-term weight loss. The same studies showed that low-fat diets don’t live up to any of their other claims like improved heart health or reduced risk of cancer either. Here is the reason why low-fat products aren’t helping people lose weight; they reduce fat, which is just one factor in maintaining a healthy weight, yet they are packed with refined sugars and carbohydrates. The next time you see a package of low-fat cookies, pick up the package and read the nutritional information. You’re likely to find that, while the cookies are definitely low in fat, they are loaded with sugars and carbohydrates. What’s more, these products usually contain barely any dietary fiber, which means that they cause an immediate spike in your body’s glycemic response system. Don’t take this the wrong way. Limiting fat intake can be beneficial. However, you must not forget that sugars and carbohydrates can also cause you to put on the pounds. Take all factors into account, and find a dietary system that keeps you happy while also keeping you healthy.