When something says lite or fat free do you

@ersmommy1 (12600)
United States
July 10, 2008 12:26pm CST
tend to eat more, have a larger portion? I saw a report on this earlier. Some people do eat more of a product if this is in the title. But lite or fat free doesn't mean calorie free. So seems to me they aren't doing themselves any good.
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@mclendon (308)
• United States
10 Jul 08
Probably, but I try not to buy to many convenience products and "treats". I may treat myself to some ice cream and buy the lite so I don't feel as guilty about the treat, but I won't buy ice cream every week and feel like it is okay because it is "lite" or "fat free". I'm not a naive consumer anymore!
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@LadyAbboz (237)
10 Jul 08
It is possible that I do that, but I try not to, I just eat as much as I want, I am lucky enough to never have had a weight problem so I do not worry about these things, even if I was "fat" I would probably still eat what I wanted, as long as it's part of a healthy diet with exercise.
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• United States
10 Jul 08
I have been able to be pretty strict with myself. I eat mainly fat free foods. I cannot eat more than my stomach can hold. However, I do notice that a lot of people will go large with their soda because there is no calories or less. Or with salad dressing. They will really pile it on just because it is fat free, but then it all evens out when they overload on it all.
• United States
10 Jul 08
I tend not to eat some things unless they are the lite or low fat variety. So, I think it is clear that I eat more of the lite or low fat kinds of some foods. But I try not to eat a larger portion than I would otherwise. That's a part of the trap that catches some people. They eat a larger portion of low fat food and thus get more fat and calories than if they just had the normal stuff.
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
10 Jul 08
I try to just eat until I am full. It does not matter if it is fat free or not. I use the portion size like I would if it wasn't fat free. Sometimes I know I can splurge if I want to though because it is low calories or fat free.
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• United States
10 Jul 08
This sounds like my grandmother. She buys the 1/3 salt because she has high blood pressure. But when she salts her food she uses a great deal of it. I always tease her asking, "What's the use of buying 1/3 salt if you're gonna use three times as much?" She only gives me an evil look as a response. These people aren't doing themselves any good by doing this, and hopefully there will be something public said about it so at least those that listen can realize they aren't doing themselves any justice.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
22 Jul 08
I feel that when I am not on a diet I do tend to eat more when it says light or lowfat. Even thogh I know I shouldn't it is a mind thing I guess.
• Lubbock, Texas
10 Jul 08
Well it says lite, meaning it has no sugar. What did they put in it in the place of sugar, a chemical sweetener? Not good! You'd be surprised how much fat a "fat free" item is allowed to have. Usually they are definitely NOT fat free. If it says lite or fat free, I avoid it altogether. It seems those foods have more chemical preservatives and additives in them, which are not only fattening, they can be quite harmeful to your body in the long run. I'd prefer to limit my diet to small amounts of things I know are fattening (not marked lite or low fat), but that I seem to crave, and eat more raw fruit and veggies.