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Afraid to add back fats!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 13, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Hello all! I am new to the site and fairly new to Paleo. I found Paleo after a brief stent with Atkins (which I actually found to be pretty satisfying in terms of a "diet") but I have a ton of digestive issues and am in the process of being tested for food allergies. I will note that I am not overweight, but am looking to still lose a few more pounds to be where I find ideal. For the past 2 months I have omitted all dairy and gluten/grain products from my diet with the exception of a little cheese or yogurt here and there and a poor meal at a family birthday party. I have been seeing significant improvements in the way I feel and cannot read enough info on the amazing science behind this diet. I still have a nasty artificial sweetener addiction that has improved but I have not totally kicked (baby steps) and am hoping my sweet tooth and carb cravings will subside when I finally get that cat in the bag. ** NOW STEPPING OFF OF MY SOAP BOX** And for the problem.. I am terrified of fat. I get it- it's healthy when you eat the right kind. It tastes awesome. It does not make you fat. BUT.... I have lost 15 pounds since I began my eating transition and given the fact that I am eating mostly super lean protein and veggies, I am by nature eating pretty low calorie. And I am TERRIFIED to start incorporating fat into my diet for fear that the weight will just pile back on, plus some. Can anyone share any insight (good, bad, or ugly) or experiences with this? I really want to be able to enjoy beef, bacon, avocados, and such but have basically been eating chicken breast, white fish, shrimp, and turkey with a ton of veggies (and the occasional fruit) and sugar free puddings (the nasty sweetener addiction) for the past 2 months. Thanks in advance for any info you can throw my way.

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on March 13, 2013
at 07:20 PM

Yes, THIS is what I was looking for. I know all the science behind the fats. I lost weight on Atkins so I know typically it isn't a problem. I am concerned because of the huge calorie jump that adding fat back in will cause. Thanks so much for sharing your experience

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on March 13, 2013
at 07:19 PM

Yes, THIS is what I was looking for. I know all the science behind the fats. I lost weight on Atkins so I know typically it isn't a problem. I am concerned because of the huge calorie jump that adding fat back in will cause. Thanks so much for sharing your experience!

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on March 13, 2013
at 07:07 PM

You're right. Adding fat back in slowly is the best way to do it, in my opinion. We've all had experiences in the past where we ate something super greasy and paid for it later, if you know what I mean. Just adding a little at a time helps your body (bile, liver, gall bladder, etc) get used to it. In the long run, everything will run better. Good advice, crowbar!

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on March 13, 2013
at 06:03 PM

Fear not, my friend! Most of my friends thought I was crazy for the amount of fat I ate, but they've started following suit and finding out their fears were unfounded. First of all, because it takes longer to break down than sugars, it keeps you feeling fuller longer, and in the long run you eat less. You also don't have that sugar crash, which hopefully you've put a damper on that.

One of my friends had bad dry skin on his knees most of his adult life. They cleared up after a week or so of adding REAL bacon to his breakfast. After 6 months of this, he did an experiment and cut out the bacon, and within a week the dry skin reappeared. He's a fat believer.

Of course, with everything you can over do it, but the amount you can eat when you're NOT eating simple carbs is a lot more than current non-paleo people would suggest.

The nice thing is, if you are eating too much and you want to cut back, you're not going to go through withdrawl like when you cut out simple carbs.

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on March 13, 2013
at 07:19 PM

Yes, THIS is what I was looking for. I know all the science behind the fats. I lost weight on Atkins so I know typically it isn't a problem. I am concerned because of the huge calorie jump that adding fat back in will cause. Thanks so much for sharing your experience!

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on March 13, 2013
at 06:39 PM

It can be very difficult to unlearn what you have been told, for years, about fat. I understand. But here is some relief: You don't have to suddenly wake up tomorrow and eat a pound of butter. You can add fats slowly in, and monitor yourself to see how you're doing. Also, eating a stick of butter tomorrow won't cause spontaneous and uncontrolled weight gain for the next two years. If you add fats, and it's not working for any reason, then you stop and tweak it. It's that simple.

Just try to give changes a couple of months to work.

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on March 13, 2013
at 07:07 PM

You're right. Adding fat back in slowly is the best way to do it, in my opinion. We've all had experiences in the past where we ate something super greasy and paid for it later, if you know what I mean. Just adding a little at a time helps your body (bile, liver, gall bladder, etc) get used to it. In the long run, everything will run better. Good advice, crowbar!

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on March 13, 2013
at 09:31 PM

Find a fat that you love the taste of and start with that. For me, it was coconut oil!

I grew up thinking low fat was healthy. I even refused to use oil or butter on the fry pan...yummm, burnt food. No wonder I always had dry skin!

Like you, all the science made sense but I just had this fear of fat and couldn't get past the idea of 'unnecessary' extra calories in the diet. What helped for me was accepting that my fear was irrational and just a 'thought'. Viewing fat as a key player in helping me to better absorb essential nutrients in my already healthy diet also helped. See, I was eating tonnes of vegetables but the problem was, without sufficient fat in my diet, my body wasn't absorbing as much of those fat soluble vitamins as it should have been. I just couldn't figure out why I still felt so lousy despite the 'healthy' diet that I was eating. So I weaned myself onto coconut oil and it helps that I am a total coconut fanatic. Then I started with the clarified butter... O-M-G. Suddenly, everything just started tasting better. Even though I got a bit carried away in this new discovery and was suddenly dousing everything in whatever fat I could get my hands on (I think my body was just overexcited that the deprivation had come to an end... spoon of coconut oil here, spoon of ghee there) ... I didn't gain weight. I had cut out a lot of the sugary foods I was eating anyway, so I had plenty of room to move calorie wise. But suddenly, calories lost their significance. The fat helped fill me up and my body seemed to naturally find its set point so whether I eat more fat one day and less fat the next it just didn't seem to matter.

So happy days for me! Wishing you the best of luck :-)

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on March 13, 2013
at 06:02 PM

Hey, I went paleo about 8 months ago and was scared to eat more calories when I first started. I'll tell you my story and hopefully it will help!

A couple years ago I found weight creeping up on me and at 5'8 got to my highest weight ever of 145 (not overweight even a little but I did not feel comfortable there). I counted calories and basically starved myself to get my weight down to 125 and then maintained it there for another year before starting paleo. I was terrified to let go of my calorie counting because I thought that it was the only way to keep my weight down. For the past few months I have let go of that fear and have not gained a single pound by eating a diet moderate in all 3 macronutrients and exercising moderately, with no calorie counting and no hunger.

You do not need to get 70% fat like some people do, but it is healthy to incorporate a moderate amount of good fats in your diet. I encourage you to try it and let go of your anti fat perspective!

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on March 13, 2013
at 07:20 PM

Yes, THIS is what I was looking for. I know all the science behind the fats. I lost weight on Atkins so I know typically it isn't a problem. I am concerned because of the huge calorie jump that adding fat back in will cause. Thanks so much for sharing your experience

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