Daily Fat Intake: Healthy or Hefty?

girl with vegetables and hamburgerCutting out fats completely is unhealthy and unintelligent. “Fat Free” diets will not necessarily cause you to lose weight and will usually just make you feel weak sick all the time. Good fats contribute to your body in the forms of energy, brain activity, and cell transportation as well as other things we need in order to function. Really the only problem with fat is that like almost everything else we do, we go overboard. The more you get involved in developing your healthy routine, the more you will learn that the key to daily fat intake is balance and knowing yourself.

Let’s start with the “knowing yourself” part. What type of fats are you eating on a daily basis? Is it mostly trans or saturated fats, such as dollar hamburgers, french fries, and milkshakes? Or does it consist of foods containing natural, plant based oils (sunflower, canola, olive), fish and nuts? Doctors and nutrition experts alike say that adults, ages 18 and up, should have a daily good (fish, nuts, plant oil) fat intake equaling 20-35% of their total calories. Do even know what your daily calorie intake is or more importantly what it should be?

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I ask these questions because if I am a 42 year old, 5’3″ female with a large frame who has a light amount of activity in the day then I should have roughly between 2,500-3,000 calories a day with my fat intake being somewhere between 44 to 78 grams of fat a day. But if I am say, an Olympic athlete, 24 year old 5’2″ female with a small frame and I am training and nearly burning every calorie I take in immediately then I can pretty much have as many calories and fats as I want and I don’t have to worry about gaining a pound. Each person is different and has a different lifestyle. Be sure to work on figuring out how to constantly up the amount of activity in your life that gets you moving, and look into how many calories and fats you should have each day and then make it work with your diet.

About the Author

A grandmother and mother of three, Sharon Martin has struggled with her weight and high cholesterol most of her life, until she switched doctors and her new doctor suggested she try Medifast. Her transformation started that day. Through the Medifast diet she not only lost the weight, but her cholesterol dropped to below 200 for the first time in her life. "Medifast not only changed me, I believe it saved me. I will share my story and help others so they can feel as good as I do. It wasn't easy, nothing worth having is, but it was so worth it as I get to see my grandchildren grow up." Sharon is a retired school teacher and lives in upper-state Pennsylvania with her husband. She loves to hear and share stories about how others have made changes to live longer, healthier, happier lives.