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Daily fat intake

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 26, 2013 at 1:07 AM

Hey guys! So I'm VERY new to paleo, I've only been on it for about one week but I'm a little concerned about my fat intake. I use myfitnesspal as a nutrition tracker and it seems like I'm averaging 53% fat, 13% carbs, and 34% protein. The fat intake seems WAY too high. I feel like I'm following the pricie of paleo but can't seem to get my fat intake down. Maybe I'm missing the point. Any guidance is greatly appreciated!!

Ed0cb30f40daff568778b776b2a5a81d

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on February 26, 2013
at 11:20 AM

Haha, same thing here :D

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on February 26, 2013
at 10:29 AM

Hahaha yeah took me ages to figure out what that meant!

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on February 26, 2013
at 10:04 AM

Thanks for elaborating on my comment. I forgot to mention the oh so true abbreviation: YMMV :)

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Ed0cb30f40daff568778b776b2a5a81d

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on February 26, 2013
at 08:25 AM

Experiment with what works best for you. There are no universal right or wrong macro ratios for everyone. I eat >80% of fat everyday. But that doesn't mean I recommend it for everyone or you specifically. What I will say is that it is important that you don't think paleo is all about lean red meat, living on protein will eventually give you rabbit malaise (protein is quite an inefficient fuel) - you need either fat or carbs to give you some fuel (I would never go beyond 2g protein/kg).

That was some very general comments. See paleo as a range of opportunities, don't see it as binary system which you absolutely have to fit in to.

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on February 26, 2013
at 09:46 AM

In my opinion Hemming had it right, it's all about how you feel and what you feel is right for you but don't cave into the 'conventional wisdom' and 'conditioned learning' that fat is bad; it's not. Bad fat is bad. Have you read any books or paleo websites to help you get your mind around this massive topic. I am similar to Hemming, my fat is 70-80% with protein 15-20% and carbs 5-10%. I did this after months of getting the hang of paleo eating and trying to ignore the opinion of others following the SAD diet, including my own conscious! My subconscious knew I was onto a good thing with paleo so I kept listening to it and finding these macros worked best. I feel better on it.

Paleo is a lifestyle that focuses on well being and it just so happens that paleo finds that alot of well being comes from the food we eat. There's no hard and fast rule of what you HAVE to eat in whatever ratio. As long as you don't eat certain foods you can eat WHATEVER you want HOWEVER you want in as MUCH as you want. What governs those things is the next step: the 'n=1' or 'YMMV' aspect i.e. your goals and your reaction. We here can tell you things, tell you how you're wrong, or right or doing it in a weird way or great way but read some books, some scientific papers, some blogs and some websites. Good ones are Gary Taubes (Why We Get Fat and Good Calories, Bad Calories) Mark Scisson (The Primal Blueprint and Mark's Daily Apple) and the one who got me hooked: Robb Wolff (The Paleo Solution).

Read and research to understand the concept so you know who is telling porkies.....mmmmmm pork. I just remembered I have some bacon to cook. Gotta go!

Ed0cb30f40daff568778b776b2a5a81d

(943)

on February 26, 2013
at 11:20 AM

Haha, same thing here :D

C68f0b374156e5ce7a9b8358232bfed0

(637)

on February 26, 2013
at 10:29 AM

Hahaha yeah took me ages to figure out what that meant!

Ed0cb30f40daff568778b776b2a5a81d

(943)

on February 26, 2013
at 10:04 AM

Thanks for elaborating on my comment. I forgot to mention the oh so true abbreviation: YMMV :)

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on February 26, 2013
at 01:59 AM

Looks good to me also. I personally am about 60% fat, 20% protein, 20% carbs.

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

When you decrease your carbs another macronutrient is going to go up percentage-wise. This is ok depending on if your caloric intake is adequate and what you are trying to accomplish with this way of eating. I consume on average about 1700 cal/day. Of this, roughly 50-60% is fat in grams and the rest is about evenly divided between protein and carbs (I'm not trying to lose weight). Your percentage breakdown looks ok to me.

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on February 26, 2013
at 09:15 AM

I would suggest more carbs and less protein. Over 30% is pretty excessive in most cases. Unless you're on an extremely low calorie diet.

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on February 26, 2013
at 07:06 AM

If you are concerned, which I don't think you should be if you are feeling well and you're eating strict Paleo (avoiding processed foods and oils, low quality bacon) one think you can do is up your protein and veggies. That would be a quick fix. :) Hope that gives you an idea.

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on February 26, 2013
at 01:27 AM

just up your carbs or protein then if you don't feel well eating this much fat.

a lot of us here thrive on high fat diets, but some do better with high carb.

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