Low-Fat Diet (50 Grams)
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
What Is a Fat-Restricted Diet?
A fat-restricted diet limits the fat that a person 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. This includes problems like 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 a person needs 2,000 calories each day, this means about 22% of those calories can be from fat. The rest should be from carbs and proteins.
Most people can meet all nutrient needs on this diet. A supplement may be needed if fat is very limited or the diet needs to be followed for a long time. Vitamins A, D, E, and K need fat to be absorbed.
Eating Guide for This Diet
This guide is broken down into categories based on the Choose My Plate website. A dietitian can help a person 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 fat. EBSCO Nursing Reference Center website. Available at: https://www.ebscohost.com/nursing/products/nursing-reference-center. Accessed July 23, 2021.
Dietary guidelines for Americans 2020-2025 and online materials. US Department of Agriculture and US Department of Health and Human Services. Available at: https://www.dietaryguidelines.gov/resources/2020-2025-dietary-guidelines-online-materials. Accessed July 23, 2021.
Diets for weight loss. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/management/diets-for-weight-loss. Accessed July 23, 2021.
What is MyPlate? My Plate—US Department of Agriculture website. Available at: https://www.myplate.gov/eat-healthy/what-is-myplate. Accessed July 23, 2021.
Last reviewed July 2021 by EBSCO Medical Review BoardDianne Scheinberg Rishikof MS, RD, LDN
Last Updated: 7/23/2021
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