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It's a bit odd that you are able to go over on fat without also being high on either protein or carbs. What are you eating that is high in fat? Now I have to go look to see if you are sharing your trackers...
I think that you have to track everything, watch your own weight loss trends and learn what really works for you. Personally, being a little over on fat seems to help me, but I certainly need less than the standard 150 carbs/day. You have to learn what works for you.
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I totally agree that low/no fat foods are not worth the exchange. I'd rather have a little bit of the real stuff than more of the fake and all the added sugar or chemicals.
For snacks I eat light thick & creamy yoplait, almonds, snack packs of popcorn, string cheese, Blue Bunny no sugar added ice cream bars, fruit, etc...
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Personally, I avoid low-fat or non-fat items like the plague. As the previous poster mentioned, it typically means the manufacturer has added tons of chemicals, and I just feel that in the long run, those are more damaging to our bodies. Plus, when I have a small amount of FULL FAT cheese or sour cream, I am satisfied, so much more so than when I used to eat the bland varieties.
Also, all fats are NOT created equal. Almonds, avocados, olive oils are "high fat" but so healthy in other ways. Now, fat from twinkies and Oreos? Not so much!
Every single body is different, but when I reached goal and was maintaining, my fat was always on the higher side according to Spark. (My weakness is sugar and junky carbs, so oops, I'm up 12 lbs right now from goal)
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Low fat often means tons of chemicals and things you can not pronounce. It's not a good exchange.
Because of food allergies, I have to avoid eating things I can not pronounce. So I've found I tend to avoid almost all processed foods. It's not easy. However, when it comes to fats, I've found I look more to healthier fats - extra virgin olive oil, avocados, things like that. I avoid margarine at all costs, and will gladly have butter instead. Especially natural butter without any chemicals or preservatives.
That's just my two bits on the whole thing. I tend to read the whole label - all the ingredients before I make a decision on whether or not I'll eat it.
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I don't eat any low-fat or non-fat products because there is so much sugar added. There's so much in skim milk that I switched to almond. I just use smaller amounts of the full-fat products like butter, yogurt. I also look at quality of fats. I don't find beef is worth it anymore. I stick to poultry and high fiber proteins like beans.
I'm curious, where are you getting most of your fats? I am usually lowest in carbs or fats.
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I eat a lot of chicken. Use protein shakes and drink a good bit of low fat milk. I like 1 or 2% milk and get plan low fat yogurt then add your own fruit or sweetness.
After completing my first week as a (return) member of Spark People, I decided to analyze my food intake. I am typically under on my protein, way under on carbs, on point for calories, and fiber. However, I always meet and even exceed my fat gram quota. When I exceed it - it hasn't been by a ton (2-10 grams), however, I feel like in order to lose weight, I better get a grip; especially in that area.
I'm stumped though as through the years, I've experienced all sorts of fat fads - go low fat, wait, no go no fat...wait no...reduced fat means added sugar (true), go full fat - wait no that'll kill ya.
I feel like I don't eat terribly unhealthy, but meeting that fat gram quota each day tells me a different story. My question is - how do you keep your fat quotas low? Is it possible to eat a low-lower fat diet without the added sugar? Any lean protein ideas/snacks/recipes would be beneficial as well.
Edited by: COLORMETHIN81 at: 4/20/2013 (09:14)
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