Originally Posted by mickieb
You think that its ok to eat not much fat in general? When I do eat fat, such as cooking or added to my cooked foods, its usually something along the lines of the "good" fats...olive oil etc. Or if its already in the meat naturally. But again, I dont eat beef much, but stick to turkey, fish, eggs, and chicken. I still cant get myself to eat butter, not gobs of it anyway. I'll have maybe a little bit like to just fry an egg. Do you think eating the bad and good fats has something to do with weight loss or anything else vital?
The hypothesis that I'm working with is that the only bad fats are trans-fats and omega-6 fats. You can read why in books like GCBC and "Nourishing Traditions." Loren Cordain has a slightly different take in "The Paleo Diet" but there's a big overlap. So I'll take anything saturated, mono-unsaturated, or omega-3, with a preference for animal fats.
Whether it's ok to eat "not much fat" depends mostly on you. Are you hungry? If so, you probably need more fat. Protein and carbs, without sufficient fat, will cause the pancreas to secrete insulin, and that will lead to increased hunger sooner or later.
There's a wide range of how much is "enough fat," though, and it depends on the individual and on the plan. Here's a comparison of a few different plans:
A pre-Pyramid-style "square meal:"
1 chicken thigh, skin on
1 baked potato
1 cup broccoli
1 pat butter spread between the broccoli and potato
41% fat 40% carbs 18% protein (by calories)
This seems a bit low-fat to me, since there's not enough butter and no sour cream on the potato, but I think 40% was a typical fat intake for that time period.
An Atkins-y meal:
3 chicken thighs
1/2 cup broccoli with 1 pat butter
Sauce made with 1 pat butter and 1/4 cup heavy cream
70% fat, 4% carbs, 27% protein
A meal using ratios from Dr. Kwasniewski's "Optimal" plan - high fat, low protein:
1 chicken thigh
Sauce made with 2 pats butter and 1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup broccoli with 1 pat butter
1/4 potato, mashed with 1 pat butter and 1/4 cup sour cream
77% fat 10% carbs 13% protein