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225 grams of fat. how much is too much?

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Created October 18, 2013 at 3:52 PM

I know it makes sense in my head; I can justify it. I'm just looking for a reality check because I'm not always right.

I'm getting pretty far down the very-high-fat road. I just want to be healthy and live as long as I can and now I'm being a big rebel flipping CW on its head. I'm not on a weight loss diet (wouldn't mind gaining a bit) but I'm also not an exercise fiend and want to get some opinions. I probably get 2-4 hours per week of moderately vigorous exercise and another 2-8 hours of significant activity (I'm including a rushed shopping trip or walk in the park here). My work is sedentary - I spend 40 hours a week at a desk.

Yesterday I got about 225 grams of fat, 130 grams of carbs, and and just 60 grams of protein. Only about 12 grams of PUFA... I know a non-athletic person like myself doesn't need much protein but the ratios do seem weird. Yeah, the Inuit do it. Yeah, I feel great (for now). Yeah, I currently hold the belief that fat is the cleanest buring fuel for the body.

But seriously... am I endangering myself or risking long-term problems if I keep up like this? It's not always that extreme, but it's not uncommon for me this past few weeks.

My only dietary goals are to feel good, be healthy, and live a long time.

Your thoughts?

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598 · October 22, 2013 at 6:51 PM

That does worry me. So I'm trying to reduce the PUFA and, maybe even reduce the fat a little. It seems to be working for me at the moment but it also seems like a lot.

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15 · October 19, 2013 at 6:17 AM

No worries, Methodician. Clearly we're both a-ok with talking poo online lol

Seriously though, if you feel good, keep it up! I don't think I'd thrive on that much fat because my body, at least at this point, doesn't handle it that well. I also can't eat too many veggies. But if high fat is working, just do what works

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598 · October 18, 2013 at 6:17 PM

I'm aiming for more protein today and I'm pretty sure my average is better. I just started tracking recently. It looks like my micros are fairly in order, nothing below 50% on that day according to cronometer and I know I got a bit more than it accounts for. A little worried about calcium; might make some bone broth.

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598 · October 18, 2013 at 6:16 PM

My life long affliction with constipation has been dramatically relieved of late and the consistency is very... normal. This is in part due to supplementation with the right minerals and vitamins to support regularity (magnesium), circadian rhythm (D and stuff), and thyroid function (selenium, copper, zinc, iodine, etc...) and I feel great down there. TMI? Sorry...

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598 · October 18, 2013 at 6:11 PM

cronometer says I got about 73% from fat that day... but keep in mind I'm not extremely active. Do you know if there's any significant downfall to high-fat if one is not an exercise fiend? I do exercise a little, but it's just that. I'm not trying to lose weight. I'm skinny but lean and moderately muscular, not skinnyfat.

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598 · October 18, 2013 at 6:08 PM

On that day it was mostly butter and creme fraiche. There was some olive oil and heavy cream thrown in there, a few grams of dark chocolate, and a couple handfulls of macadamia nuts, and some eggs. The butter is Kerrigold (pastured) and the eggs are "cage free" whatever that really means from costco.

According to cronometer, about 72 grams monounsaturated, 99 grams saturated, and 12 grams polyunsaturated. You might notice - that doesn't add up to 225 so I have no way of knowing the accurate break down.

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1262 · October 19, 2013 at 2:07 AM

Plus you are getting tens of grams of PUFA, depending on which fats you are eating. That may not be good.

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598 · October 22, 2013 at 6:51 PM

That does worry me. So I'm trying to reduce the PUFA and, maybe even reduce the fat a little. It seems to be working for me at the moment but it also seems like a lot.

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15 · October 18, 2013 at 5:07 PM

That's A LOT of fat, but if you're healthy overall and thriving, just do what you're doing. I feel like I'd end up with some...indigestion down there (TMI? Sorry!) if I ate that much fat, but do what works for you

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598 · October 18, 2013 at 6:16 PM

My life long affliction with constipation has been dramatically relieved of late and the consistency is very... normal. This is in part due to supplementation with the right minerals and vitamins to support regularity (magnesium), circadian rhythm (D and stuff), and thyroid function (selenium, copper, zinc, iodine, etc...) and I feel great down there. TMI? Sorry...

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26182 · October 18, 2013 at 4:52 PM

It becomes too much when you are not getting the necessary nutrients. I would look at your diet and be concerned. I've read sources claiming that optimum levels of protein are between 1.25g and 1.5g per kg body weight. I think I remember you saying you are ~150lbs and pretty lean (lets go with 10% BF) that would put you in the range of 85g - 100g protein per day. With the recommended minimum levels of .8g per kg ~ 55g.

So you are just above the minimum, but if you are looking for optimum you might consider increasing your intake.

WRT the micros, as long as you are getting enough then I wouldn't worry too much about how much fat you are getting.

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598 · October 18, 2013 at 6:17 PM

I'm aiming for more protein today and I'm pretty sure my average is better. I just started tracking recently. It looks like my micros are fairly in order, nothing below 50% on that day according to cronometer and I know I got a bit more than it accounts for. A little worried about calcium; might make some bone broth.

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208 · October 18, 2013 at 4:35 PM

For me it would be too much fat , I'm more likely to be 50% fat intake. But obviously everyone is different. Yours seems high but then again you didn't state what kind of fats you are eating.

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598 · October 18, 2013 at 6:08 PM

On that day it was mostly butter and creme fraiche. There was some olive oil and heavy cream thrown in there, a few grams of dark chocolate, and a couple handfulls of macadamia nuts, and some eggs. The butter is Kerrigold (pastured) and the eggs are "cage free" whatever that really means from costco.

According to cronometer, about 72 grams monounsaturated, 99 grams saturated, and 12 grams polyunsaturated. You might notice - that doesn't add up to 225 so I have no way of knowing the accurate break down.

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2401 · October 18, 2013 at 4:30 PM

@Methodician,

Rather than counting fat grams, calculate the percentage of your daily calories from fat (or use an app. that does that for you, such as Cron-O-Meter). Most paleo folks find that a range of 50–75% of calories from fat keeps them well-fueled and have steady energy.

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598 · October 18, 2013 at 6:11 PM

cronometer says I got about 73% from fat that day... but keep in mind I'm not extremely active. Do you know if there's any significant downfall to high-fat if one is not an exercise fiend? I do exercise a little, but it's just that. I'm not trying to lose weight. I'm skinny but lean and moderately muscular, not skinnyfat.

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