7. You eat too many low-fat foods

Reducing your daily fat intake is a great idea if you’re trying to lose weight and improve your overall health but taking it to the extreme can be a bad thing. Consuming fewer than 20% of your daily calories from fat on a regular basis can put you at risk for several health concerns. Eating a diet that’s too low in fat interferes with your body’s ability to absorb fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. A diet low in fatty acids can be harmful for your mental health and can cause or worsen symptoms of depression. Diets lacking in healthy fats like omega fatty acids have also been linked to cancer. When you don’t eat enough fat, your HDL or “good” cholesterol goes down, increasing your risk of heart disease.

If your diet is deficient in fat, then it’s likely too high in carbs or protein. A high-protein diet places undue stress on the kidneys and liver and can cause osteoporosis. A high-carb diet can increase appetite, cause weight gain, and increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. To lose weight and maintain your overall health, it’s important to eat a balanced diet that includes an appropriate ratio of fat, carbs, and protein.

You might think that eating lots of fat-free or low-fat foods will help you lose weight, but that’s not necessarily true. People tend to overeat when they’re eating these foods because they wrongly assume they won’t cause them to gain weight.

Just because a food is low in fat doesn’t mean it’s low in calories. Calories from low-fat and fat-free foods are still calories, and they still count if you’re trying to lose weight. Additionally, fat helps us feel satisfied and full after eating, so not eating enough fat can make you feel hungrier and lead to overeating. Eating healthy fats provides your body with essential nutrition and helps curb your appetite by helping you feel satiated after meals.