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How does limiting fats help fight against obesity and being overweight?

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Dr. Janet Greenhut
Preventive Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: More calories/gram

Fats contain 9 calories in every gram while carbs and protein have only 4 calories per gram. So eating a food that is mostly fat will give you more than 2 1/2 times the calories of a food the same size that is mostly carbs or protein.
For example, putting a tablespoon of butter or margarine on a slice of bread will give you 2 1/2 times the calories as a tablespoon of jam, which is mostly carbs.

In brief: More calories/gram

Fats contain 9 calories in every gram while carbs and protein have only 4 calories per gram. So eating a food that is mostly fat will give you more than 2 1/2 times the calories of a food the same size that is mostly carbs or protein.
For example, putting a tablespoon of butter or margarine on a slice of bread will give you 2 1/2 times the calories as a tablespoon of jam, which is mostly carbs.
Dr. Janet Greenhut
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Dr. Janet Greenhut
Oops, I meant to say that fats have more than 2 times the calories of carbs and protein.
Dr. Joseph Kuhn
Bariatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Fats are double

Fats have double the calories per weight compared to carbs or proteins.
A small handful of nuts or cheese can carry 300 calories. Hence, it is best to avoid. Also, the saturated fats are harmful in several ways.

In brief: Fats are double

Fats have double the calories per weight compared to carbs or proteins.
A small handful of nuts or cheese can carry 300 calories. Hence, it is best to avoid. Also, the saturated fats are harmful in several ways.
Dr. Joseph Kuhn
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Caloric density

Fats are high in calories, 9 calories per gram versus 4 for proteins and carbohydrates.
So limiting fats in the diet help reduce total daily calories and helps one lose weight.

In brief: Caloric density

Fats are high in calories, 9 calories per gram versus 4 for proteins and carbohydrates.
So limiting fats in the diet help reduce total daily calories and helps one lose weight.
Dr. Dean Giannone
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