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How Many Grams of Fat for a Low-Fat Diet?

author image Janet Renee, MS, RD
Janet Renee is a clinical dietitian with a special interest in weight management, sports dietetics, medical nutrition therapy and diet trends. She earned her Master of Science in nutrition from the University of Chicago and has contributed to health and wellness magazines, including Prevention, Self, Shape and Cooking Light.
How Many Grams of Fat for a Low-Fat Diet?
The body needs small amounts of fat to function properly. Photo Credit: Almaje/iStock/Getty Images

Your health care provider may recommend a restricted-fat diet if you have a condition such as gallbladder disease, which makes it difficult to digest fat. Physicians commonly recommend a low-fat diet after certain medical procedures like bowel surgery or cancer treatment. The amount of fat you can consume each day depends on your specific health needs. Generally, you will work with a registered dietitian to determine a goal range to stay within.

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General Guidelines

The typical low-fat diet restricts your daily fat consumption to 50 grams. The goal is to focus on vegetables, whole grains and fruit. Limit your meat, fish and poultry intake to 6 ounces per day, recommends the New York University Langone Medical Center. You can enjoy low-fat snacks in moderation. Recommendations for reducing your fat intake include avoiding fried foods, choosing lean cuts of meat such as loin, steering clear of saturated fats like lard and using healthy fats such as olive oil.

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