Oil and a low fat diet

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Posted: 26 Apr 2014, 08:35
I'm not really on a "diet" but I'm trying to eat healthy. Years ago my ex hubby was told to go on a low fat diet by his doctor. We ate no more then 30 grams of total fat a day and no saturated fat at all. The only red meat we ate was venison or buffalo, we ate white meat pork or chicken and we did eat carbs (pasta and breads). Back then I weighed 110 lbs. We divorced 14 yrs ago and I quit eating healthy. I'm remarried now and when I weighed myself the other day I was 180 and totally disgusted with my body. I decided to go back to eating low fat, in one week I've lost 5 lbs. I'm not as strict on my current diet as I was with my ex. With my ex we used no oil at all, but people tell me that peanut oil and olive oil are ok because it has "good fat". I used peanut oil in a recipe last night and feel very guilty about using it. I was wondering if anyone knows the facts about peanut and olive oil, should I avoid them or are they ok in small amounts? I am on medication for high cholesterol and I'm hoping to get off of it if I can lose enough weight. Any thoughts on this? Thanks.

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Posted: 26 Apr 2014, 09:18
Well I put olive oil on anything I can. However, I am eating high-fat, moderate protein, low carb. I get my carbs from veggies, protein from meats, and fats from meats, fish, and oils. I have been seeing consistent weight-loss and no adverse effects on my health.

But I am not posting to push my eating habits on you. What I have read and heard about olive oil is that it's good for you, very good for you. However, you do need to keep an eye on it's caloric content; there are nine calories per gram of fat as apposed to protein and carbs having four per gram.
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Posted: 26 Apr 2014, 09:28
Khawk67 you are in a complicated situation, high cholesterol has a lot of factors your weight, genetic predispositions, physical health “exercise”, and last diet. I do believe that it would be ok for you to eat peanut oil and olive oil but in moderation only. But I really think you need to be talking to a nutritionist about this. That way your nutritionist can see all possible factors, including your medication and work a comprehensive long term plan where you can get your high cholesterol under control and off your medication if possible.

Wish you luck


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Posted: 26 Apr 2014, 09:31
Khawk, have you done any research (supported by ACTUAL medical studies) about metabolism and how your body works? If you do, you'll find that low fat diets DO NOT work long term. The cells in your body are comprised mainly of cholesterol and fats (along with water). Your BRAIN actually works BETTER when fed a diet rich in dietary fats. Scientists have linked high carb (low fat) diets with numerous metabolic disorders such as Celiac, Crohn's, Diabetes (types 1 and 2). They've also concluded many neurological disorders also stem from a diet high in carbohydrate (Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Epilepsy). With a LOW CARB/HIGH FAT diet (just the opposite of what doctors years ago recommended), many people can actually decrease and eventually eliminate the need for medications for high cholesterol, insulin etc. Do some research on KETOGENIC diets. For someone with a metabolic disorder, such as yourself (high cholesterol), you'll find a ketogenic diet will normalize all kinds of chemicals and hormones within your body. A ketogenic diet is naturally anti-inflammatory, high energy (through the use of dietary fats as fuel), it promotes healthy skin, hair, nails. It allows the cells in your body to repair themselves after years of abuse from high carbohydrate diets (which actually damage cellular growth because they restrict the mitochondria from reproducing).
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Posted: 26 Apr 2014, 17:19
My cholestrol was high a few years ago when I was going vegetarian.. My dr wanted me to go on a statin, I had read about them and refused. I went back to my old eating plan, basically the Atkins plan... High protein, good fats and low carbs... 4 months later my cholestrol levels were in check...

Read a book the Great Cholestrol Myth by Dr. Sinatra.. do some research. Good fats are not bad like the government and FDA have scared you into thinking. Salmon, olive oil, avocado all are good fats and will not cause you harm, the harm is caused by the processed foods you consume. Eat real foods not man made processed crap and your body will use up those good fats and your hair, nails and skin will thank you.
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