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Minimum daily fat intake? Is 10g a day enough?

Discussion in 'Introductions & Advice For Beginners' started by royce, Dec 3, 2005.

  1. royce

    royce Well-Known Member

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    I have heard figures of less than 40 total fat and less than 20 saturated is reccomended but is there a recommened minimum. I ask because I have been eating less than 10 grams of fat total per day on average, and in the last 3 months i have dropped 25+ pounds and I am beggining to get worried.

    I am 5'10" and 135lbs
     
  2. philph

    philph Well-Known Member

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    The important thing is how much of each kind of fat you get. The overal total in grams doesn't tell the whole story.

    The current thinking is that you should minimise saturated and especially minimise trans fats; you must get some polyunsaturated fats (but try to avoid most of these being omega-6: a good proportion of the polyunsaturates should be omega-3, especially from fish oils); and preferrably make monounsaturated fats the largest proportion of fats overall.

    No one knows for sure how much is the best total amount of fat to eat (assuming there is a best). But 20% - 30% of total daily calories from fat is not an unusual recomendation.
     
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    I'd say you need much more than 10 grams per day. And I also think some saturated fat in one's diet would be a good thing. Search for some posts by Jeremy Likness, as he gave some good info on this recently.
     
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    Fats make up about 30% of my diet.:eat:
     
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    OoOGazOoO Well-Known Member

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    Mine too normally Michael, bit more when i have days when i don't do any lifting.

    When i have a carb up days, fats are kept quite low throughout the day.
     
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    Sure........if you add about 25g -50g more on to your total at your current weight.

    Go too low and hormonally you're asking for trouble including affecting sex drive. FAT DOES NOT MAKE YOU FAT.....
     
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    Definitely not enough fat. Additionally, at 5'10" and 135lbs, I'm thinking you probably don't want to lose any more weight at all!
     
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    Ideal weight for someone 5'10" is about what you were three months ago. Were you trying to lose weight?

    For most adults, dietary fat should supply at least 15 percent of their energy intake. Your energy intake, at 160 pounds, should have probably been about 2400 calories. At least 360 of those calories should have been from fat, or about 40 grams.
     
  10. royce

    royce Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the replys :)

    I really don't want to lose weight

    Basically I did not excercise for 3 years and ate over bake pizzas, chicken nuggest, hot dogs and mcdonadles as my main diet over that time. I got up to 150 and then 3 months ago I started excercising a lot, 30 min running a day and eating really healthy, low fat, low sugar, lots of whole wheats, fruits and vegetables

    and this just happened to me.

    I would like to take up lifting, but want to eat a healthy diet, I thought I was good about the low fats, but I think I went extreem and you guys have helped me realize that, I need to allow more in.
     
    #10 royce, Dec 3, 2005
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