Calories and Fat Grams, Oh My!
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
So I looked up recently to find out how many fat grams I should be taking in on a daily basis to lose weight the right way. Saw a couple different things. One said under 60, one said under 50. One said Take your age, multiply it by the number of full moons in your birthday month and subtract the first number on your license plate. Okay, I might have changed that one a bit, but there was definitely math involved.
I worked for a bit as a life coach a few years back and there was a food program. What we found was that if people ate less than 25 grams of fat per day, they stopped losing weight. Okay, so note to self, eat more than 25 grams of fat. I decided after reading the different sites and based on that knowledge from before, I'd personally aim for between 40 and 50 grams of fat per day. No problem, right? WRONG!
Even trying to be smart about what I'm choosing, I'm finding that there's fat in darn near everything!! And I am going over on calories and fat every single day. Frustrating as heck! I read on one of the sites that suggested X number of fat grams per day that it might take practice to get down to eating under that number each day, but that in time you could do it. And I though, practice? Why do you need to practice? Just decide not to eat that many fat grams, problem solved. Except, nothing in weight loss is that easy. If it was, we'd have never gotten fat in the first place!
So it's going to take some practice, and it's going to take some recipe box tweaking. (Really just thinking about throwing the whole darn thing out the window and starting over! Making the recipes I ate growing up is how I got looking like this to begin with!) It's going to take better planning of my day, so that I haven't used up all of my fat grams by lunch time, knowing full well I'm planning on eating dinner!
I want to do this the right way, the permanent way. Not being the only person eating lettuce for dinner, but making healthy meals that our entire family can enjoy and benefit from! Maybe at the beginning I eat a little more lettuce than the regular meals I'm preparing just to get me to that healthier level, but in the long run, I want us to all be on the same, healthy, page.