Friday, August 14, 2009

Not enough fat?

I think I'm not eating enough fat. Looking back at my logs lately, I'm rarely ever in their ideal range for fat: 37 - 64 grams a day. Yesterday, 9 grams total. It looks like I'm averaging 10-20 grams. My breakfast has zero grams (and I'm always hungry an hour later, hrm). I do admit anxiety about just throwing a bunch of fat in there - fat has more calories and I'm really trying to focus on the calories.

A tablespoon of Skippy regular crunchy peanut butter would add 95 calories, 8 grams of fat (including 1.5 grams of saturated fat), 1 gram of fiber and 3.5 grams of protein. Going for the reduced fat version, it brings the calories to 90, 6 grams of at (1 gram saturated), 1 gram fiber and 3.5 grams protein. I really should go get some good dark chocolate and have a half ounce of that a day - but that's a ton more saturated fat (80 calories, 5.5 grams fat - including 3.5 grams saturated, .5 grams fiber, 1.5 grams protein).

What's your favorite way to make sure you get enough (healthy) fat into your diet?

1 comment:

Diane, Fit to the Finish said...

Have you thought about flax seed? A lot of people add a bit to their food to get some healthy fat.

Olive oil is a good, "healthy" fat. Omega-3's are also good, and if you like fish, some of them contain that type of fat.

It's funny, because as I lost all my weight, I really started thinking about not just what I was eating, but about how healthy it was.

Oh, the recommended fat is between 20 - 35%. I personally shoot for around 25%.

Like your blog!