by Tracy Rohland

A low-fat, vegetarian diet is a great step toward arriving at and maintaining a healthy weight. If your meals are always abundant in fresh vegetables, fruits and whole grains, it is easy to avoid excess fat.

Vegetable oils like olive, sunflower, and grapeseed oil are healthy in small quantities as a salad dressing or for light sautéing. Always avoid fried foods and foods with hydrogenated oils. When eating dairy products, choose low-fat varieties and take a lactase enzyme if you have trouble digesting them. Enzymes are an excellent addition to any diet as they promote proper digestion and assimilation of the food we eat. Enzymes also assist in elimination, which is important in losing weight.