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Can you eat TOO much fat?

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I currently put at least a tablespoon or 2 of coconut oil with y 3 eggs in the morning and probably eat another 6 to 8 tablespoons as part of my meals throughout the rest of the day. Could this be too much?

I'm a multi-event track athlete in university. I am 6 ft 1, 196lbs and roughly 8-10% Body fat.

My goal is to be as lean as possible while still being able to eat enough calories to recover and get stronger. I do 3-5 track workouts per week and lift heavy two times a week.

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1772 · March 18, 2013 at 9:07 AM

If you "use a lot" it's not helping with satiety. Oil does not help with satiety. It is just dogma and it will make you gain body fat.

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987 · February 23, 2013 at 11:14 PM

You can eat too much fat. Fat is calorie dense, and if you eat too much, you'll gain bodyfat (despite what some people would have you believe). Moreover, if you eat too much fat at once... how to put this delicately... your stomach will let you know.

Having said that, I don't think you're eating too much fat. If you're maintaining good body composition and feeling good, you're not eating too much, at least from a health perspective. You might want to experiment with changing your marco-nutrients, just to see if you perform better with more carbs or more protein - but, again, I wouldn't worry about it.

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10 · February 23, 2013 at 8:18 PM

I'd like to know this as well. I use a lot of coconut oil throughout the day to help with satiety!

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1772 · March 18, 2013 at 9:07 AM

If you "use a lot" it's not helping with satiety. Oil does not help with satiety. It is just dogma and it will make you gain body fat.

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3150 · March 18, 2013 at 9:11 AM

While coconut oil can seem the current holy grail for health nowadays, I'd err on the side of moderation and stick with 1 or 2 teaspoons a day. 8 to 10 seems a lot to me IMHO, and even if you were not going beyond your maintenance limits and not storing body fat... why not rotate it with other great choices like olive oil, avocados, macadamia nuts, fish oil and the rest of good quality, grass-fed animal fats? (well, maybe you're already doing it, but then I think that yes, you may have been having too much fat).

I think that a rich diet with plenty of variety will work better than a supplement-centered one, in the end coconut oil is not exactly something you can tell that are 'eating'.

That being said, even if I don't like to put it in the form of calories since I don't think that 'just calories' but 'what kind' makes the more sense, I also think that just a 500Kcal surplus from your maintenance level should suffice you to stay lean and recover well from training, even more if they are well put surrounding your workouts, specially post-workout.

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55 · March 18, 2013 at 8:44 AM

You can eat too much of them. I am a woman, who had 5% of bodyfat at summer. From autumn I began the paleo and ate a LOT of oils and fats in a lot of ways. For example in fatty meats, sausages, hams, coconut cream, and nuts. Slowly I began to gain weight, but on the other hand I do a lot of sport. I couldn't count down with my calorie intake, but I always felt a kind of elemental hunger after having these hard trainings. Keep going on if you feel that you can maintain your performance and height. Much to my regret, I have to loose 5 kgs now, to feel myself well in my skin.

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