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Posted: 15 May 2012, 12:40
Hello my name is Trish and I am new to this site. I have a daily allotment of 2700 calories and came in under by 700 calories on my first day. I noticed though that my fat % was over 50%. I was wondering what that % should be? Any help with this would be greatly appreciatedVery Happy

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Posted: 15 May 2012, 12:49
Check out this thread - there was a BIG discussion about this about a week ago..

Calories Breakdown

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Posted: 15 May 2012, 15:34
If the goal is fat lossor to enhance overall health, a diet containing 10-30% is recommended. Higher fat diets are not conducive to successful weight loss or maintenance and appear to increase the ease with which the body converts ingested calories to body fat. Fat has a lower thermic effect than other macronutrients (protein and carbohydrates), only taking 3% of it's calories to store it in the body as fat. In contrast, it takes 23% of the calories in carbohydrate to store in the body as fat. Are you losing weight eating 2700 calories a day? If so, that is incredible! I cant even eat 1700 calories a day and lose weight, and I have a high metabolism and work out every day.

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Posted: 15 May 2012, 15:51
Fat doesn't make you fat. I, a true lover of all things carby, resisted the idea that carbs were my trouble... but have come to realize that fat is kind of a non-issue for me IF I am watching my net carbs and keeping my protein intake high enough.

For example, my goal on net carbs is around 100g per day (my food diary can be a little deceptive because although there is a net carb reading on it, on FS sugar alcohols are not deducted from the total. I eat 17g of sugar alcohols per day in my breakfast, sometimes a bit more in a snack). My secondary goal is to have my protein intake be damn near that number - equal net carbs to protein if at all possible.

Now, I have different calorie goals on different days, but always with those numbers in mind. If I do those two things, my fat takes care of itself. Since I started with those goals, my body has been cooperating quite nicely.

If you can rent it or if you have Netflix, try watching "Fathead". Totally eye-opening.

I bet you're going to get a million theories, but that's what has worked for me.

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Posted: 15 May 2012, 16:06
The thermic effect of fat is the lowest of the macronutrients, but carbohydrate is not so much higher that it makes a significant difference to the "calories out" side of the energy balance equation. Protein is by far and away the highest, and CHO has a wide range depending on the source, but averages about 6%. Fat is around 3%.

There's no need to limit dietary fat to an arbitrary percentage of calories; body mass is a function of calorie surplus or deficit. A diet that is 70% fat could be perfectly healthy, and result in weight loss while maximally sparing lean mass.

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