Welcome to your Less Fat Challenge! Your mission is to swap a food that’s high in saturated fat (like whole milk, red meat, etc.) with a lower saturated fat option (like nonfat milk, lean chicken, etc.). Try this once a day for 5 days.
What Is Saturated Fat?
Saturated fats, like the ones found in whole milk and red meat, should be enjoyed in small amounts. It’s not that they’re an enemy to your body, but they can raise your bad LDL cholesterol. When someone often eats too much saturated fat, it can lead to health problems, including a higher risk of heart disease.
Saturated fats should make up about 5-6% of your total daily calorie intake. So you don’t have to cut them out completely.
Cutting down on saturated fat is easier than you might think! You can still satisfy your cravings with the food your body needs. You could swap those skin-on chicken thighs with skinless chicken breast. Or save on saturated fat by ordering a side salad instead of french fries.
You’ll get all sorts of swap ideas over the next 5 days, so stay tuned on the Livongo app!
Be a Detective
You can use nutrition labels to help see how much saturated fat is in your usual foods. For foods that come with a food label, try to choose those with 1-4 grams or less of saturated fat per serving. Just remember that grams of saturated fat are listed per serving, not per package.
Keep Coming Back
Join us each day for the next 5 days to find new ways to cut down on saturated fat. You can also log your progress in the Livongo app and tell us how it’s going for you! Enjoy this delicious, healthy challenge.