knock out the fat!

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    Oct 06, 2007 11:37 AM GMT
    so I cut down extremely on my fat intake. everything is either non-fat or 98% reduced. i get about 15-20 grams of fat a day. and someone told me that that was bad. is it? i'm trying to slim down the "last-remaing-impossible-to-lose pounds". comments?
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Oct 06, 2007 4:50 PM GMT
    In general, it's not really productive to try to cut fat intake to such incredibly low levels. Although you need to have at least a minimal level of protein, carbohydrates, and fat in your diet for general health, a larger amount of fat (same as a larger amount of carbohydrates or a larger amount of protein) will not necessarily result in fat deposited on the body. That is more a factor of how many calories you burn versus how many you consume.

    Making changes to your diet such that you replace more of the saturated fats with unsaturated fats, baking instead of frying meat, etc. can be beneficial. But even with 15-20 grams of fat a day, if you're eating more total calories than you're burning, you'll end up gaining weight. At a certain point, trying to drop fat intake lower becomes counterproductive, as many non-fat or low-fat versions of things are...loaded with sugar instead to make them taste better. Sometimes the non-fat version of something actually has more calories in it than the normal version. This becomes even more of an issue if you eat 3 of the non-fat cookies to satisfy a craving you could fill with 1 of the cookies made with real butter.
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    Oct 06, 2007 8:37 PM GMT
    no its a good call and what so many overlook

    Good fats or bad fats if your body has to focus on metabolising dietary fat it reduces the ability to mobilise the body fat which is what you are aiming for. Fat is one of the hardest substances for the body to breakdown to effectively utilise.

    Couple that with good hydration and you are well on your way to your goal.
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    Oct 06, 2007 11:14 PM GMT
    MSUBioNerd is pretty much on point... Saturated fats are the fats you should be careful of, and most lowfat/fatfree foods are HIGH in calories and/or sugars/carbs/etc.

    Although this is not an option for myself; a lot of people suggest low-carb diets to knock out those last few pounds. The problem with cutting the carbs is, once you choose to start eating carbs again you are likely to gain the weight back.

    Not knowing your current exercise routine(s).... are you lifting? Doing lots of cardio? Adding muscle mass will help burn extra calories (don't forget to workout those legs!! Biggest muscles in the body and they help you burn major calories when you are resting....
  • GQjock

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    Oct 07, 2007 9:36 AM GMT
    there are a few extremists who cut fat to such an extent
    that the body begins to suffer
    .... there are some fats that the body cannot make
    they are called essential fatty acids and we need to get them from our diets
    also if you cut it down so much the body starts having trouble making some chemicals it needs ... most hormones are derivatives of cholesterol and we need a small amt of this fat to allow the body a supply
    ... but these things by far can be obtained through a sensible lo-fat diet
    essential fatty acids are found in a lot of lean meats and in fatty fishes
    and the supply of cholesterol needed to make our bodies work is very small
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    Oct 07, 2007 3:37 PM GMT
    i'm following the strong/lean realjock regimen. 3 days a week of anerobic and 3 days a week of aerobic (45 minute treadmill)

    i do read the nutrition facts on the items i purchase. and not one of the low fat items i have seen has more calories, carbs or sugar than its original, in fact it IS lower than the original

    i just want to know if my body will like die from not getting enough fat or whatever.

    on a side note: i have noticed a considerable amount of weight-loss since i started 4 weeks ago.
  • GQjock

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    Oct 07, 2007 5:50 PM GMT
    lol...I doubt very much that Realjock's diet is gonna do you in
    what's a "considerable" amt of weightloss?
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    Oct 08, 2007 2:22 AM GMT
    not a diet silly, workout regimen.