Calorie counting... what about counting fat grams?

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Posted: 09 Feb 2012, 11:20
I'm a calorie counter for sure, but I maintain my weight eating around 1800 cals a day. My job doesn't keep me very active, neither does going to school. I have added in a workout and I'm slowly getting to reach so goals. I lost about 5 lbs so far this past month, they were the lbs I figured would be easy to lose. Now for the hard part... getting all the way to my goal.
Anyway, does anyone know of guidelines for how much fat you need to eat to lose or maintain weight? I think that will help me more long term. Thanks for any advice!

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Posted: 09 Feb 2012, 12:28
Every diet type has different goals with respect to fat, carbs, and protein so you can get all kinds of answers to that question.

Looking at your diet calendar I would be more concerned with cutting back on the carbs. Somebody posted a diet calculator on here somewhere and maybe you can search for it.
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Posted: 09 Feb 2012, 12:34
How many grams of fat should i have per day?
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The average person should consume 85-100 grams of fat per day. If you are trying to lose weight, however, you should try to cut down to about 35 grams per day.
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Posted: 09 Feb 2012, 12:49
If you cut your fat consumption down to 35 g, that would mean that only 315 of your calories will be from fat. That means that you still have to get at least 885 calories somewhere, and that somewhere leaves you only 3 choices: protein, carbs and alcohol. I would suggest not going heavy on alcohol. That leaves you with the choice of carbs and protein. Most people in this scenario will increase carbs, especially if they choose to eat low fat food sold in supermarkets. As the result you will end up on a standard American diet, also known as SAD, will always feel hungry because of your insulin response, start eating more food, and end up gaining weight. Exactly what is happening to the majority of population for the last half of the century.
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Posted: 09 Feb 2012, 13:13
I agree with ingria. We have tried the low fat diet (which replaces fat with carbs) and have seen an explosion in diabetes, obeseity, fatigue. The youngest generation living today will be the first to live LESS long than their parents. And if this anecdotal evidence isn't enough for you, there are scientific studies showing that healthy fats are not only acceptable, but needed for proper functioning of the body. Go to or and use the search box to find information on diet and fat (or sugar, or anything). You are smart to always question life's assumptions, and I am sure you will be able to make a decision that is best for you, not me or anyone else. I would recommend some sort of exercise though. It kick starts your metabolism and just plain makes you feel better.

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