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Governmental guidelines suggest we consume no more than 30 percent of daily calories from fat. This is easier said than done, as hidden fat is everywhere. When cooking at home you have the power to reduce the fat content of your meals with a few simple tips. First when preparing meats trim off as much fat as possible before cooking. Select lean cuts of meat, avoid frying and drain the fat as you cook. You can cut the fat in turkey and chicken by nearly half by removing the skin just prior to eating. Use low-fat substitution when preparing dressing, sauces and dips. Eat your vegetables with high fat toppings. Try using spices and herbs for flavor. And finally, if your recipe calls for high fat ingredients, use smaller amounts of them.