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Counting Calories or Fat?

I've got about 10-20 pounds left to lose, I lost the first 20 just from having a very active job, but now that it's over I'm on my own. I've lost about a pound a week for the last nine weeks, which is what I'm wanting to lose.

Sometimes I stall out for a few weeks and don't lose anything, but then two or three pounds will come off in one week, so I guess I'm doing a good enough job, but I'm just worried that the last pounds will be the hardest to get off and I really want to look great for summer.

I'm mostly just wondering, if I'm on track with my daily calories should I worry about the fat as much? I try to eat low fat, but sometimes it's just so hard for me.

Tue. Jan 5, 9:09pm

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If you're on track with your calories, the fat should be fine. You need some (healthy) fats in your diet in order to be healthy, and they tend to be filling too.

Now that your job isn't as active, though, you may need fewer calories to keep up your weight loss!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010, 10:12 PM

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Congrats on the first 20! Assuming you're eating relatively well - I wouldn't worry about the fat grams. I never pay attention to fat grams nor do I purposely try to eat low fat and I always lose weight when I keep my calories in check. In fact, over the years I've tried to incorporate more good fats! As long as I stay within my calorie range for losing weight - I lose weight.

Eat well, eat in your calorie range, keep up the exercise - you'll lose those last 10-20!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010, 10:12 PM

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Well, fat has twice as many calories (9) per gram as carbs (5) or protein (4) so that's one good reason to keep focused on consuming as little fat as possible. I find it's hard to keep fat below 30 grams per day but that's my goal. Focusing on low fat intake goes along with "thinking thin".

I suspect "the last pounds are the hardest to get off" because the daily calorie amount that got us down as far as we have gotten down is high enough to be maintaining the weight we are now at. If we want to lose more weight we have to reduce the calories we are consuming to a lower level.

Being thin is a lifetime life style.

Keep going. You're doing great!


Tuesday, January 05, 2010, 10:29 PM

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I'm guessing those who regularly count calories know or quickly figure out that you get much more bang for the calorie buck when you choose foods that aren't high in fat, but fat doesn't have to be avoided to lose weight.

The quality of the food and the fat is probably worth considering, though. You can eat low fat junk and you can eat quality foods that are high in good fats. No matter - keep the calories in your weight loss range and you'll drop the pounds.

Keep on doing what you're doing and you'll drop the next 20!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010, 10:47 PM

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Currently I'm reading 2 nutrition/diet books:
-Eat to Live
-The South Beach Diet.

Talk about opposing views.

Eat to live is an advocate of low fat dieting and south beach allows more fat. The first book claims eating fat just makes you more hungry and causes you to eat more. The second claims fat is satiating and thus causes you to eat less and that CARBS cause you to desire food more..

Any thoughts on which of these is true?

Wednesday, January 06, 2010, 6:47 AM

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