EAT THE POODS YOU WANT, NOT THE ONES YOU THINK YOU CAN EAT THE MOST OF “GUILT FREE.”

Life is too short to pass up really wonderful foods for guilt-free alternatives that don’t offer the same satisfaction. Their promise of calorie and fat savings is tempting but all too often proves illusory when, for example, you pass up one cookie for five rice cakes (maybe three times the calories) or down a whole bag of chips because they’re fat-free.

Many of the advertisements for fat-free foods imply that it’s OK for you to eat more of them. That’s a great way to sell more product, but it’s not good nutrition advice. A little restraint is a very good thing.

Of course, you’ll find there are some light foods you can substitute for the real thing and still feel happily satisfied. But think twice about a food you choose simply because it’s fat-free or low cal. If you don’t really like it or if it’s not what you want, it’s not worth it.

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