Percentage of fats with paleo

Answered on November 24, 2014
Created November 22, 2014 at 12:55 AM

How much fat is okay on a paleo diet?  My Doctor wants to start me on a cholesterol med and I don't want too.  

The last time I tried them I couldn't lift my leg high enough to get into my car and instead of a push up I did a face plant.

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on November 24, 2014
at 02:25 PM

The general answer is that there's no limit on how much fat you can eat. If you eat the diet for a while you'll basically self-regulate yourself. When I first started I had rib-eye steak all the time.  But after a while I got sick of it and now (after 2.5 years) eat more lean proteins. I used to have eggs almost every morning for breakfast (which is actually relatively high fat) but kind of got sick of that and now have other Paleo options.  In other words I don't seek out fat any more but I just eat whatever looks and tastes good as long as it fits the guidelines.

However you have to do the rest of the diet too which is moderate carbs, no grains, no sugars, lots of vegetables, some fruit, fill in your extra calories with nuts and seeds.  Exercise is in my opinion just as important or more important than the diet.

Try going strict Paleo for 2-3 months and start doing some serious exercise (something strength-based, some kind of weights or lifting or kettlebells or something), then go back to your doctor and see where your numbers are.  I bet they'll be a lot better.



on November 22, 2014
at 12:59 PM

Depends on your goals. Generally you'd start with protein, and the rest of your daily calories should go to fats vs carbs, also depending on your needs.


But you've said the magic word - cholesterol.  Your doctor is operating under old information, mostly based on big pharma get rich quick schemes. 


It turns out that cholesterol, and saturated/monounsaturated fats are all beneficial, and not related to heart disease.  Statins cause all sorts of problems including muscle damage, depletion of CoQ10, memory loss, etc., all in a futile effort to shut down beneficial cholesterol that every cell, every hormone substrate needs.


There were some very potent cholesterol blockers before modern day statins, they were so successful that they killed people.  Stay away from statins and any doctor that prescribes them.  Find a new doctor.  Yours doesn't know better.



I'm sure there are tons of other links to research out there not via Chris Kresser's site, but those are just the ones off the top of my head.

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