5 Weight-Loss Tips and Habits That Don't Work (Page 6)

5. Selecting Foods Labeled Low-Fat

Foods labeled low-fat sound healthier (and sometimes they are), but they could make you eat more food—and as a result, more calories—than you intended. When people were served a lunch labeled low-fat, they consumed more calories than when they had the exact same meal without the label, says a study from Appetite. In another study from the same journal, female college students significantly underestimated the calorie content of chocolate candy labeled low-fat. Although, low-fat products contain less fat, they sometimes deliver the same number of calories as the original version. If you do choose foods labeled low-fat, be aware of this "health halo" and mind your portions.

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