I can't get enough "fat". Crazy problem.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

It's odd that it takes a day of "blowing it" to get enough fat in my diet. I ate much healthier today, but I didn't eat enough fat. I'm wondering if other people have the same problem. I add olive oil and Smart Balance a lot of days and I still come up short on my fat. The oil supplements I take don't even count, and that makes no sense to me.
I read an article the other day on SP that addressed this very issue. It talked about the danger of eating too many "fat-free" and "low-fat" foods. This is exactly my problem.
I really am struggling with finding a balance in this. Do I start frying? Do I eat more bread and "butter" (Smart Balance) Then I'd have to cut calories elsewhere due to the bread calories.
Help...I really don't know what to do. I'm on a pendulum. I add fat to my veggies, but I guess I don't eat enough of those either. I even struggle to get enough carbs on some days, so it's not that. How do I get the nutrients I need and stay near my goal of 1200 calories? I can't afford to follow the SP diet...help?
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    Yes, please don't listen to "IMVEGAN" .. healthy fats are not a myth and are a very important part of your diet. If you have an extremely low-fat diet you will find your body craving fat and risk overeating/bingeing. Add more nuts/nut butters, seeds, and a bit more olive oil. x
    3579 days ago
    Try eating healthy fats. I like to use ground flax seed at least once a day (notice I said 'try'). You can add it on top of your peanut butter(another good fat - I eat natural peanut butter so there is no added sugar or sodium), in soup, and I have added to chili in the crockpot, and it thickens it up.

    I also use it as a binder for hamburgers (although I do use 90 93% lean beef) and that is adding good fat - PLUS fiber.

    Also, I rarely miss a day with a small amount of dark chocolate. It is much more satisfying than milk chocolate. I am not sure why, but when I have milk chocolate I want more & more & more LOL!! The dark chocolate doesn't seem to do this, it relaxes me and I love to just let it melt in my mouth.

    Hope this helps!

    Kathleen emoticon
    3589 days ago
    I eat a low fat vegan diet. I eat only whole foods. IMO the "Healthy fat" craze is a myth. I usually eat 5-8% of my diet in fat. I never cook in fat. I follow Dr. McDougall's plan. (drmcdougall.com) I changed the numbers on the Spark nutrition plan to reflect my personal goals. The Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine has some good information.

    Be careful about reduced fat items. (reduced fat peanut butter) They often contain trans fat which are very dangerous for you.
    3589 days ago
    I have this issue, too.
    My problem is I'm vegan so I naturally eat a high fiber, low fat diet.
    I've been adding a lot of extra protein in lately due to doing p90x and that seems to help. More nuts/nut butters and a bit more olive oil.

    I'm so used to cooking without added oil that I end up struggling to get at/over 30 grams most days. :/

    Good thing I LOVE peanut butter.
    I can always tell when I'm really really too low on fat because I find myself eating a TBS of PB out of the jar at night. O.o I just figure I need it and let it go.

    I'm eating quite a bit more calories, though, at no less than 1775, so I've got more leeway. Still, definitely focus on healthy fats. You get more bang for your calorie buck with nuts/seeds/nut butters/avocados. Nutrients, fiber, protein AND healthy fat.
    3589 days ago
  • CRIS76
    I'm a fan of nuts too. 1 oz of dried almonds, not salted (approx 22 almonds) is 170 calories and 15 g fat - its a great snack you can couple with a fruit or veggie. If you can't do all the calories, then do a half serving. That's a healthy dose of good fat and protein!
    3589 days ago
    I have the same problem! I never thought I'd live to see the day where I'd be saying "I need more fat!!". Like JLITT62 said, focus on healthy fats. Don't just eat a lot of butter and fatty foods to try to meet that goal. Things like avocados have a lot of fat, as well as nuts and oils.
    3589 days ago
    I have the opposite problem when staying near 1200 calories. Fat is the one area I'm most likely to go over. My breakfast (& often my evening snack) consist of a slice of reduced calorie whole wheat toasted bread (40 calories) and 1 Tbs reduced fat peanut butter (100 calories). Really fills me up. You may want to try this.
    3589 days ago
  • JLITT62
    Concentrate on HEALTHY fats, like that olive oil. Use it in salad dressings and to roast veggies. Avocados, nut butters, and nuts are also healthy fats (in moderation).

    3589 days ago
  • TCLARK319
    I have had the same problem for about a week....isn't it crazy to say you are not getting enough fat in your diet?
    3589 days ago
    i too am on 1200 a day diet.
    took me a year to lose 66 pounds, and am maintaining my weight loss.
    guess the best way is to read labels for fat content, and eat more meats.
    i try to eat at least two meats a week. meatballs, steak, hamburg, or hamburgers.
    all have fat in them. i eat a lot of chicken, fish, turkey....
    its a no win lose situation i am sorry to say.
    i do hope you find moderation and help in adding fat to your diet.

    hugs, paula:)
    3589 days ago
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