This is one of the five simple rules that are the basis of the Stop Hunger Diet. Stick to these and you are well on your way to losing weight and keeping it off, and helping people too. See the other rules.
Whenever there is a low energy (kilojoule, calorie )version of a food, it is usually a preferable option. Low energy foods are either reduced in fat content from the original, or reduced in sugar content which allows the kilojoules/calories to be lowered. Reading the 'Nutrition Information Panel' will indicate accurately how and by how much the energy is reduced. Don't rely on the 'claims' from the front of packaging as they can be deceptive. For e.g. foods that are lower in fat can sometimes be higher in sugar and hence the energy content is similar.
This rule is particularly important for those people who have a real sweet tooth. Sweet foods are often laced with extra sugar. So to still enjoy some of the sweet foods you love, you need to use and get used to products that are artificially sweetened.
You may ask – Aren't they bad for me? NO. There is absolutely no evidence to show that artificial sweeteners are harmful for you or your body. In fact they are good, as they allow you to have some indulgences that you wouldn't normally be able to eat on a 'diet'.
You may also say – but I don't like the taste! Well you need to get used to it. There are some sweeteners that have an odd after taste, try a few different ones and find one that you find the most palatable. Otherwise, you will have to go without that food all together!
All-in-all low energy foods will save you calories if you want to lose weight, however eating lots of them will not help. You should not over indulge on these foods.
Some examples to choose include:
Foods that are perceived to be low kilojoules and are not:
The first aim of any weight loss program is to lose weight, the second aim of course is to keep it off. Not all diets are very good at one or both of these. By following these dietician designed "Stop Hunger Diet: 5 Rules to Live By", you will lose weight, not fast, but healthily and consistently, plus you will learn good habits that will help you keep off the weight. Good luck, and let us know how you go.