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4/18/13 4:35 P

Our bodies need fat!

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4/18/13 4:20 P

I probably did have an "appalling diet" for this particular day but I do want to say this is not the norm for me at all. When I happened to look at the percentages for this particular day, it just sparked my question and I wanted an opinion on if anyone thought someone could lose weight with these percentages. I do appreciate everyone's opinion. Thank you.

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MISSRUTH Posts: 4,075
4/18/13 9:17 A

I find it really helpful to plan (and track) my day's eating in advance, rather than waiting til the end of the day to just put in whatever-all I ate. This way, I can swap things around some if I see I'm coming up short on protein or over on carbs, etc. While you can indeed lose weight by simply restricting calories, without the appropriate balance of carbs, fat, protein-- you stand a greater chance of losing not just fat but lean muscle mass, bone and organ tissue too. It's like the body will cannibalize itself, to get the nutritrients it needs, if you're not fueling it through your food.

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CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
4/18/13 6:46 A

Detox55 said it best.

You really need to get a good balance.
This journey is supposed to be about getting healthy, not strictly for dropping a number on the scale. Sometimes you trim up through exercise, and the scale actually increases in number - but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

However, in your case, I'd say that Detox is correct.
You're likely getting most of your ingredients from processed foods, and ignoring the good, natural (as close to the way they were created) options.

Look at your menu, not just the percentages.
Make sure you're getting the right amount of nutrients.
See someone who knows, if you have problems figuring that out.

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4/18/13 1:36 A

I'm sorry, but your diet sounds absolutely appalling.

There is something missing from your nutrition picture - it's called micronutrients.

Eating that level of fat indicates you are eating a ton of processed foods and not a lot of fresh.

You might lose weight by restricting calories, but all you're going to do is end up slim and unhealthy, rather than overweight and unhealthy.

This journey you are on should be towards better health, not image...

I know that probably sounds harsh, so please don't take me the wrong way...I'm concerned about you...

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4/18/13 12:34 A

Calories are calories, but if this is a normal trend for you, then you would be best to decrease the fat and increase the protein. 20% protein is generally recommended for those in weight-loss mode. A minimum of 60g daily is recommended. By decreasing the fat, you will find that you will have more calories to spend on other food, like fruit/veges, too, because calories from a gram of fat is more than a gram of protein or carb.

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4/17/13 10:41 P

You'll still lose weight but with such low protein you'll also lose a lot of lean muscle. This in turn will lead to a lower metabolic rate (slow metabolism) than people who consume the recommended amount of protein. You'll have a high body fat percentage for your weight.

I would also be concerned about the types of fat you are consuming, are they mostly healthy fat sources? Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats? Or are they saturated and trans fats?

In all honesty I would be concerned of the health effects of such a diet. Protein is necessary for so many functions in the body including muscle repair, creating antibodies, supporting movement, fluid, PH and acid-base balance, transportation of nutrients, waste products and electrolytes and the absorbtion of sodium and potassium and providing energy.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 4/17/2013 (22:50)

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4/17/13 9:07 P

Today when tracking my total meals I realized that I ate about 60% fat, 30% carbs and 10% protein. If I stayed within my usual calories which is around 1500 calories a day (I'm female) and I exercise almost every day (treadmill) do you think a person can lose weight with these percentages? The calories aren't too high but the fat is high... can I still lose weight? Thanks for any input.

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