Maria Adams, MS, MPH, RD
A fat-restricted diet limits the amount of fat you can eat each day.
This diet may be prescribed for people with medical conditions that make it difficult to digest fat. Examples include chronic
and gallbladder disease. A fat-restricted diet will minimize the unpleasant side effects of fat malabsorption, such as
diarrhea, gas, and cramping.
A fat-restricted diet typically limits fat intake to 50 grams per day. Fat contains 9 calories per gram. So, if you need 2,000 calories per day, this means only about 22% of those calories can be from fat. The rest should be from carbohydrates and proteins.
For most people, it is possible to meet all nutrient requirements on this diet. However, a supplement may be recommended if fat is very limited or you are on the diet for a long time. Vitamins
need fat to be absorbed. Your doctor or a dietitian may recommend supplements for these vitamins.
The following guide is broken down into categories based on the
Choose My Plate website
recommendations for healthy eating. It is recommended that you work with a dietitian to determine how many servings of each category you should eat. Here are some general recommendations:
Fats and Sweets
Eat Right—Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Choose My Plate—US Department of Agriculture
Canadian Association of Gastroenterology
Dietitians of Canada
Daily food plans & worksheets. US Department of Agriculture Choose My Plate website. Available at:
http://www.choosemyplate.gov/tools-daily-food-plans. Accessed November 17, 2014.
Dietary guidelines for Americans 2010. US Department of Agriculture and US Department of Health and Human Services. Available at:
http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2010/DietaryGuidelines2010.pdf. Accessed November 17, 2014.
Diets for weight loss. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at:
http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated October 8, 2014. Accessed November 17, 2014.
Last reviewed October 2015 by Dianne Scheinberg Rishikof MS, RD, LDN
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