5 f) More about fat
The amount you get now is the ideal range for how many grams of fat you should eat each day.
Confused? Here’s an example…
- Let’s say an example person figured out that the ideal calorie intake for their body and goals is 2500 calories per day. (Again, this is just an example.)
- Next, they’d figure out that 20-30% of 2500 calories is between 500-750 calories.
- They’d then divide 500 and 750 by 9 (because there’s 9 calories per gram of fat) and get a range of 55-83.
- So, in this example, this person would eat between 55-83 grams of fat per day.Not surprising there are also good fats and those that are not:
- “Best Answer: Bad fats are saturated fats and trans fats. In high doses, they contribute to artery clogging and a build-up of bad cholesterol. However, we do need a certain amount of saturated fat in our diet, just not a lot. Trans fats are always bad though, since they are artificial and not a biological phenomenon. Good fats are mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated fats. They help keep the level of good cholesterol up and bad cholesterol down. Fish tends to contain lots of good fats, especially omega-3 and omega-6. These days, foodstuffs need to have their fat content labelled clearly. Check the nutritional information on food packages for the best information on their contents.”
- Your turn: Just figure out what 20-30% of your ideal daily calorie intake is, and then divide that amount by 9. The answer you get is the ideal range for how many grams of fat you should eat per day. “
stay tuned for more on fat next week