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Old 09-21-2004, 08:14 PM   #1
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how much fat is too much

im on a low fat diet but i dont really understand how much grams of fat i should eat a day... what is a reasonable amount??

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Old 09-22-2004, 05:36 AM   #2
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Re: how much fat is too much


It depends on your goals. If you choose your oils well with a total coming almost all from mono and poly unsaturates and a care to providing maybe a gram of Omega-3 type oils then 10% of calories or slightly lower wouldn't be too low...just hard to do. Some people who are bent on restoring cardiac health do this reguarly.

For weight loss and a lifetime plan, a plan of 20-30% fat (by calories) is reasonable and not too hard to do <easy to type anyway>. Try to limit saturated fats to a third or less of the total and eliminate all hydrogenated (trans) oils.

A lot depends on the kind of food you like and if you are comfy with lower fat go for it.

Some people on the Atkins' type regimens are comfy with a 70% fat diet...not for me!

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Old 09-22-2004, 05:53 AM   #3
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Re: how much fat is too much

Originally Posted by alliemay
im on a low fat diet but i dont really understand how much grams of fat i should eat a day... what is a reasonable amount??
It depends on the amount of calories you eat. If you are doing low fat you should never go below 10% fat calories, very low fat dieting is not good for you in the long run. A good percentage would be about 30%. So if you were eating 1500 calories a day 30% of that from fat would be 450 calories or 50grams of fat (there are 9 calories in one gram of fat).

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