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Daily Fat Intake

This is a stupid question, but I was just wondering - I know that ideally, as a young woman, I should be aiming to consume about 1200 - 1500 calories a day. But what I don't know is how many grams of fat per day is healthy? How many calories and fat grams should I be eating in an average day?

Thanks for the help!

Wed. Mar 26, 5:19am

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try this:

Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 10:23 AM

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One example to follow might be the Zone. They recommend that 40% of your calories come from carbohydrates, 30% from proteins, and 30% from fats. Carbohydrates and proteins both have 4 calories per gram. Fats have 9 calories per gram. So, once you figure out your calories, you can figure out how much of each from there.

1200 calories:
480 cals (120g) carbohydrates
360 cals (90g) proteins
360 cals (40g) fats

1500 calories:
600 cals (150g) carbohydrates
450 cals (112.5g) proteins
450 cals (50g) fats

That's just the Zone recommendations, but in my opinion, the Zone is a pretty moderate (not extreme on the low-fat or low-carb bandwagon) eating plan. I don't see it as potentially harmful anyway. It can give some clarifications in any case.

Also, remember, fiber is a carbohydrate, so that's the bucket that it goes into. Complex carbs keep you full longer than simple. And, try for the healthy fats instead of the bad ones.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 3:49 PM

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