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  • Anyone cut fat to increase weight loss?

    Can I be eating too much fat if weightloss stalled and I am at 20g of carbs a day?

  • #2
    I had to cut the fat. I could still lose weight, but much slower, until finally it stops when the fat is up high enough.

    This changed my game. Perfect Health Diet: Weight Loss Version | Perfect Health Diet

    I think the higher fat might have worked better for me if I had increased the carbs now and then. But for now, I am quite happy adding more carbs back in. I am shooting for about a 3 way split.
    65lbs gone and counting!!

    Fat 2 Fit - One Woman's Journey

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    • #3
      Not enough information here. How long have you been losing weight? Stalled? Height/frame/sex/age? What are your macros and calorie counts? Really, it could be anything. Too much fat, not enough, something entirely different.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Sabine View Post
        Too much fat, not enough, something entirely different.
        My money's on one of these.
        The Champagne of Beards

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Goldensparrow View Post
            Can I be eating too much fat if weightloss stalled and I am at 20g of carbs a day?
            Yes, because you can be eating too many calories. High fat is not magic. It has to be kept in the context of calories.

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            • #7
              It could also be too much protein, more carbs than you realize, or simply hormonal fluctuations in water weight/inflammation. But yes, eating way over your calorie needs in fat will also do it.

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              • #8
                Do you count your calories? I count mine, and I find fat fills me up on way less calories. Way less calories. So in no way was I consuming too many calories. In fact in looking back, I wondered if it was too few of calories. So for me, it was a fat thing and not a calorie thing. I think I just needed to do an up the carb thing once in awhile, and I didnt. So it might work better for me if I have a refeed once a week or 4 days or something.
                65lbs gone and counting!!

                Fat 2 Fit - One Woman's Journey

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                • #9
                  Since you've been on the forums for almost two years now, I assume that you have transitioned to fat-burner. At that point it definitely becomes FAT calories in minus FAT calories out.

                  If you've hit a plateau, you should probably eat MORE carbohydrates.. perhaps up to 80-100, especially if you're active.
                  5'0" female, 45 years old. Started Primal October 31, 2011, at a skinny fat 111.5 lbs. Low weight: 99.5 lb on a fast. Gained back to 115(!) on SAD chocolate, potato chips, and stress. Currently 111.

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                  • #10
                    I've has success (moved beyond a plateau) by nearly cutting out all high-calorie fatty foods like butter, oil, cream, tahini, bacon and focusing on less dense foods. In this way I have kept my calorie intake largely comprised of fat but am eating less calories and thus losing weight by eating lots of avocadoes, olives, eggs and coconut milk for my staples, while still feeling satisfied and great.
                    Primal since May 2012. Loving life and down 50lbs.

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                    • #11
                      How do you define "too much" fat? If you are only consuming 20g. carbs daily, you need adequate fat to sustain yourself and your daily activities.
                      If you make up by adding more protein, converting all that extra protein into glucose, for energy - glycogenesis could be taxing on your body.

                      If you are plateaued, I'd suggest trying something new and different, like adding more carbs, a little at a time.

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                      • #12
                        If you have plateaued you may have inflammation. That happens with me. So I have to focus on reducing inflammation in order to lose more weight.

                        The amount of fat you need for fat loss depends on how much you are eating. When I was eating what the dietician (prepaleo) I cut the amount to almost nothing and kept on putting on weight. In order to lose weight I had to increase my fat by a factor of 10. But that was from a very low starting point.

                        If you are already on 50+% fat and too many calories for you at the moment then you may need to just drop a little. There does come a point when the quantity is just too great.

                        So I'd look at whether inflammation could be a problem, then look at quantity and proportions.

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                        • #13
                          Not so much cut fat as went back to not adding fat. So for eg., before primal I used cooking spray to fry eggs. Then when I found primal, I tossed the cooking spray and fried my eggs in at least tablespoon of butter. Since I don't want to go back to the nastiness that is cooking spray, now when I fry an egg, I use a thin sliver of butter (less than a teaspoon).

                          Also, I don't concentrate on macros on a daily basis because my eating varies. On the days I eat cheese, I know my fat percentage is high. On the days I eat meat with only one six ounce serving of veggies, I know my carbs are low. And on the days I eat like a "normal" person, i.e., meat/fish, veggies, and maybe a potato or other root or even a cup of white rice, I know my macros are pretty balanced.

                          For me, and so this doesn't mean for everyone, I lose weight on 1200 calories/day plus an hour or more walk at least 5x per week. The macros don't change this for me. What they do change is my hunger. If I'm starting to feel deprived, eating lower carb helps. Also, counterintuitively, I've found that a plateau can be broken with a nice 2000 calorie day. Weight pops up maybe a pound for a day, then starts to go down again. Again, that's just what works for me; I don't know if it works for anyone else.
                          "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

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                          Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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