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  • Is a LOT of fat okay?

    Pardon my obsession with numbers, but I am an Engineer by trade... I am 6'6" 240 pounds, and so I typically aim for about 210 grams of protein a day, and between 100 - 150 carbs, per the PB. However, in order to get enough calories to keep me from wasting away, I end up eating over 50% of my calories from fat.

    Is this bad or am I just still programmed to the Conventional Wisdom way of thinking? Should I scale up the carb limits a bit due to my height and weight or just keep eating the (good) fat?

  • #2
    Fat. Eat it.
    Started my journey on May 22, 2010:

    Beginning weight ~180
    Current weight ~145

    Nov. 9, 2009........Nov. 9, 2010.....Jun. 17, 2011
    LDL 155...............LDL 176............LDL 139
    HDL 39................HDL 66..............HDL 95
    TGL 154..............TGL 77..............TGL 49


    • #3
      Is this bad or am I just still programmed to the Conventional Wisdom way of thinking? Should I scale up the carb limits a bit due to my height and weight or just keep eating the (good) fat?
      Still programmed. I eat about 50% of my calories from fat per Mark's recommendations. Read this.
      Ancestral Nutrition Coaching
      Pregnancy Nutrition Coaching
      Primal Pregnancy Nutrition Article


      • #4
        There aren't too many days where my fat intake is below 50%.


        • #5
          Awesome. Thanks, y'all. I am very excited about this journey to better health.


          • #6
            My fat is between 65% and 70% every day.

            Right click here to watch me lose 22.5 pounds of body fat and gain 5.5 pounds of muscle in only 5 months right before your eyes in this cool morphing video!

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            Feb 2009 - 158 pounds - 43.6% body fat
            Aug 2013 - 138 pounds - 34.3% body fat
            So far, lost 19.8 pounds of body fat and gained 1.8 pounds of lean mass
            Goal - 136 pounds - 30% body fat
            Still need to lose 6.4 more pounds of body fat and gain 4.2 more pounds of lean mass


            • #7
              Fat... it's what's for dinner.


              • #8
                I tend to eat a bunch of fat, but when I get too much (for me) I spend more time on the toilet. I also have issues with combining milk, coconut milk and cream into smoothies - nasty gut pains - so I need to be smart with the pat intake. Having said that, I don't shy away from it, in fact I look for more ways to include it in the diet, but like I said, I need to be careful that I don't go overboard.


                • #9
                  Kmacphee, have you ever considered that you may be lactose intolerant? I didn't know that I was until I went without dairy for a while, then had some.


                  • #10
                    kmachphee, something sounds amiss about your digestive system. Have you been tested for major food intolerances or digestive diseases? Improper fat digestion is a major component of a lot of different gut/intolerance issues, it's something I suffered from for a long time before getting diagnosed with gluten intolerance. Now without that poison in my diet I regularly "snack" by drinking cans of refrigerated coconut milk mixed with cinnamon with no issue, 500 fat calories each!
                    "You can demonstrate the purpose and limits of human digestion with a simple experiment: eat a steak with some whole corn kernels, and see what comes out the other end. It won’t be the steak."


                    • #11
                      I probably never have a day less than 50% fat, how else are you going to get your calories in. Today I ate leftover steak grease, coconut oil, coconut milk, butter, fatty fish, cream, and brie. Hah!
                      If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least and this (personal fave):