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    Adding more saturated fat to a crumby diet - healthy??

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    Forgive me, I'm sure this question has been asked before, but can I find the thread? Can I thump.

    I know that good, wholesome animal fat is a natural part of the Primal diet. (And this makes me happy.)

    But like lots of people, my other half still eats grains, sugar and assorted things from packets; I only cook one of his meals each day. What effect is it likely to have on his health that our shared meal now contains much more saturated fat? In other words - is a diet with some junk carbs + saturates significantly worse for him than junk carbs and lower fat?

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    I personally see no problem with the fats, but fats with sugar is a wonderful way to put on tons of weight.

    If you are the cook tinker with the cooking on them and make primal lower carb meals with fats and let the SO eat the crap on his/her own time.

    Just be aware if he is inactive the increase in intake can expand the waist line.

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    He has the magic thinness gene, so any harm done will be invisible - which is why I'm asking, really. In a way I'm lucky that when I eat grains, I get fat: hard to miss. Not so much when you can eat anything at all and stay rail-thin.

    Yes, I'm tinkering gently with the cooking, and pastry, pasta and pizza are quietly becoming rarer and rarer. But his other two meals and all snacks are consistently wheat-based. You know how omnipresent the stuff is .

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    I'll say that before I got started with this my boyfriend was/is Primal. The only Primal meals I ate, were when I was with him at Dinner mostly, my other two meals were never primal and always of the starchy/pastry variety. Sometimes I would try and eat the way he prescribed, but it never really did last long, because I would fall back into the familiar way of eating.

    Then one day I decided, it would be better to be healthy and changed all my meals, I live with him now so I really don't have to worry about the bad eating. I've come to realize that when someone gets sick and tired of the way they are eating, they will change. But, you can't force anyone to change.

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    Agree completely. Don't know about you, but I don't think I've ever changed anything because someone else told me I should. The question isn't 'How can I get him to change?' but 'Given that he's not changing, how can I be sure I'm not doing him harm with what I provide?'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilary View Post
    He has the magic thinness gene, so any harm done will be invisible - which is why I'm asking, really. In a way I'm lucky that when I eat grains, I get fat: hard to miss. Not so much when you can eat anything at all and stay rail-thin.

    Yes, I'm tinkering gently with the cooking, and pastry, pasta and pizza are quietly becoming rarer and rarer. But his other two meals and all snacks are consistently wheat-based. You know how omnipresent the stuff is .
    Are we married to the same man? My husband is also rail-thin, regardless of what he eats. He eats primal most evenings because I'm the cook, but he still eats bran flakes and toast for breakfast and sandwiches for lunch. I've also worried about whether I'm doing him harm in the process, but I'm hoping that the extra emphasis on vegetables in the evenings is offsetting any new damage the extra sat-fat+existing grain is doing.
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    If he is super active then there should be no problems since he should burn through any extra nutrients. If he is not active there may be a rise in his trigs. Yes fatty liver is not visible. He may already have fatty liver and not know it.

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    Mm - so are you saying that 'regular' diet + extra saturates = rising triglycerides? Just the kind of thing I was hoping no-one would say.

    Maybe I can make lunch for him once or twice a week - trout + salad or burger + salad, for a change from microwaved pizza. Every little helps, right?

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    I think this brings up a good point about sat fat in general. It's not the saturated fat that causes problems - it's the sugary, processed foods. However, if most people eating a crappy diet add more fats, they tend to gain weight and then assume it's the added fat. This all comes down to hormones and how your body handles any food in the presence of a high grain/sugar diet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilary View Post
    Mm - so are you saying that 'regular' diet + extra saturates = rising triglycerides? Just the kind of thing I was hoping no-one would say.

    Maybe I can make lunch for him once or twice a week - trout + salad or burger + salad, for a change from microwaved pizza. Every little helps, right?
    NO. Eating fat won't increase fasting triglyceride levels. This is well documented and even the Amer Heart Assoc agrees that a higher carb diet is what increases TRGs.

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