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8tblsp fat at breakfast- too much?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 11, 2013 at 7:48 PM

For breakfast I usually have 2-3 eggs, turkey bacon, and spinach/kale.

I don't use non-stick pans so I have to use a lot of oil/butter to cook these things. Today my breakfast was pretty soaked in fat and I thought about how much I had used in preparing breakfast (I usually just throw it in and don't really think about it, though I always know I use a lot) and realized that I had used at least 4 tablespoons of coconut oil and 4 tablespoons of butter (grass-fed).

I do this daily and have been for quite awhile now, and I'm thin (5'4, 112 lbs. though I feel I may have a high body fat percentage due to lack of intense, regular exercise). However, for as much fat as I consume, I also regularly skip meals due to being busy (I know, not good) and have days where I don't eat much thrown in there (but I do have the fat daily)..so that might be balancing my caloric intake over the week.

But I'm wondering if the amount of fat I'm using is overkill. I know fats are a healthy part of the diet but I'm wondering if this is a bit excessive because later in the day I will use more butter/oil in my cooking, salad dressing, and take fish oil supplements as well as evening of primrose oil.

Also, after consuming all this fat I usually crave things like citrus kombucha, lemon water, or ACV- I think because those all help break down fat...

How much fat do you typically eat? Are there any negative health outcomes for consuming this much fat?

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on January 12, 2013
at 06:17 AM

My pleasure. Glad that you are experiencing the benefits of a "high fat" diet!

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on January 12, 2013
at 04:59 AM

Sweet- I feel pretty great when I eat this much fat, definitely only positives as well. As far as real bacon, I'm an ex-vegan and, while I know it is hypocritical to eat one animal but not another, I just can't bring myself to eat a pig- love them too much, they are just like dogs. Anyways, thanks for the input.

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on January 12, 2013
at 04:57 AM

Okay good, I'm feeling better to hear that other people do this and feel fine!

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on January 12, 2013
at 04:56 AM

Hi RK, this is interesting, thanks for the detailed tip and I'll definitely try it!

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on January 11, 2013
at 08:10 PM

i usually have 75/25 ground beef for breakfast and that makes a good amount of grease for me to cook veggies in. i still have to add 1-2 Tbsp of bacon fat while my veggies cook since the grease evaporates. i usually finish my food with 2 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil. i take 1 Tbsp of fish oil with breakfast. that's the total of my fat for breakfast. (about 6 tbsp)

later in the day, i will cook again but i always have something sweet and that involves 3-4 Tbsp coconut oil. i just eat it with fruit but it's so good! i'm very thin, too (5'4" maybe 90 lbs) so i really don't think eating copious amounts of fat will hurt me.

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on January 12, 2013
at 04:57 AM

Okay good, I'm feeling better to hear that other people do this and feel fine!

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on January 11, 2013
at 08:18 PM

Sounds a bit much but that's just because it would be close to 1000 calories from fat alone, and then the eggs and bacon. But if you don't see any ill effects, don't worry about it. I use coconut oil and butter to cook too and it makes things taste awesome.

Your comment about "I also regularly skip meals due to being busy (I know, not good)"...there is nothing wrong with skipping meals, especially if your meals are as calorie dense as you say. Your body needs time to digest all that food/fat...I usually only eat 1 or 2 meals/day.

Happy + healthy = don't worry

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on January 11, 2013
at 11:22 PM

Here's a tip for using less fat without food sticking: let your pans preheat for a LONG time. I use only All Clad Stainless, and I use way less butter/fat. For instance for 2-3 eggs, I would use 1-2 TEASPOONS of butter. Of course more is yummy, but I have to budget out the good stuff (Kerrygold) with 4 kids...

Here's the detailed description:

(1) place pan on burner and turn to whatever heat you cook eggs at (mine is just a notch over medium).

(2) mix up the eggs and whatever else you are cooking while pan heats.

(3) once pan is good and hot, add butter, and let it melt until it stops sizzling. Swirl pan to coat it. DO NOT use a utensil to spread it.* (you can even wait until the butter starts to just brown, which makes it extra yummy).

(4) add eggs. let cook for a few seconds, then start to stir. Move the eggs around only by touching the TOP of the eggs ... in other words, don't scrape through to the surface of the pan with the utensil*. Once all the egg has solidified, you can start to scrape it up from the bottom.

*With the butter and then the egg, you are creating "layers" that you want to keep intact. Can't remember the scientific term here, if anyone wants to volunteer it! If you break that layer, your eggs will stick.

Learned all this watching old Julia Child episodes on amazon, btw. After I make eggs like this, all I have to do is wipe out the pan with a paper towel. Zero sticking.

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on January 12, 2013
at 04:56 AM

Hi RK, this is interesting, thanks for the detailed tip and I'll definitely try it!

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on January 11, 2013
at 08:56 PM

I typically have 4-6 Tbsp. for breakfast (MCT + Kerrygold). I haven't experienced anything but positives.

Also, don't be scared of "real" bacon :).

Matt
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06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

on January 12, 2013
at 06:17 AM

My pleasure. Glad that you are experiencing the benefits of a "high fat" diet!

E45c5a1c8df73da5e03bb6e7e90f8420

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on January 12, 2013
at 04:59 AM

Sweet- I feel pretty great when I eat this much fat, definitely only positives as well. As far as real bacon, I'm an ex-vegan and, while I know it is hypocritical to eat one animal but not another, I just can't bring myself to eat a pig- love them too much, they are just like dogs. Anyways, thanks for the input.

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on January 11, 2013
at 08:02 PM

Well I actually ingest 7tbsp of fat for breakfast everyday so I don't think using 8tbsp is bad.

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