You are the fat you eatThis weeks reading from Becoming Slender For Life is You are the fat you eat. My book and the Becoming Slender For Life weight loss hypnosis MP3 downloads can help you end your desires for unhealthy foods and create healthy desires for plant based food.

Dr. John McDougall tells us that ” The body uses fat primarily for energy storage when no food or other immediate source of fuel is available, and cholesterol is needed for many critical cellular functions, so both are part of a normal, healthy body. Having said that, the body produces all the cholesterol it needs; and as for fat, plants already contain adequate amounts and only plants make the essential fatty acids your body needs to function. What’s more, plant foods never contain cholesterol.

Animal foods, on the other hand, provide too much fat, especially the most harmful kind (saturated fat), which damages the arteries and causes heart disease and stroke. Beef derives 60% – 80% of its calories from fat; pork, 80% – 95%; chicken, 30% – 50%; and fish, 5% – 60% percent. Meat is also rich in cholesterol. A 3 1/2 ounce serving of beef contains 85 mg of cholesterol; pork contains 90 mg; mackerel fish contains 95 mg; turkey, 83 mg; tuna, 63 mg; and chicken (skinned-white), 85 mg.”

You are the fat you eat

Fat is normally measured two different ways—in grams, and in percentage of total fat calories. Usually, fat is expressed as a percentage of total calories, since food is consumed to satisfy our need for calories, not our need for weight. Groups such as the American Medical Association and the American Heart Association have recommended a 30 percent total fat calorie diet to reduce the risk of heart disease and many types of cancer. By their recommendation, no more than 30 percent of all the calories you consume in a day should come from fat. However, we do know based on the work of dietary health experts such as Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Neil Barnard, Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. T. Colin Campbell, that fat calories should actually be no more than 10 percent of the total calories consumed each day. Sadly today, most Americans consume as much as 40 percent of their total calories as fat.

While fat is an energy source, we hardly use any fat energy in our sedentary lifestyles. Instead, we store fat in our bodies like a pillow.

In order to begin to release weight, most men and women need to consume less than 20 percent total fat calories.

If you consumed 1200 calories in a day and if 20 percent of the calories were from fat, it would mean you consumed 240 fat calories. Since there are 9 calories in just one gram of fat, 240 divided by 9 equals 27 total grams of fat.

You may desire to release weight faster than this. If you reduce your fat consumption to 15 percent total fat calories, or 20 grams of fat per day at 1200 total calories, and you exercise, you may release about one to two pounds per week. At 5 to 10 percent total fat calories you will probably release about two to three pounds each week. Doing the math you can see that eating only 5 to10 percent total fat calories is a much more motivating way to achieve results.

From Becoming Slender For Life, second edition,
pages 129


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