SBD Frequently Asked Questions - Question about fat

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Apple Blossom
02-15-2008, 12:13 AM
Hi! I am on day 3 of SB. I logged the food I ate today onto FitDay and I noticed that I consumed a lot of fat calories! How much is recommended? Is there a protein:carb:fat ratio I should be shooting for? I haven't been eating reduced fat cheese mostly because I don't like it, but I also haven't been shopping. :) I'll buy some next time I'm at the store.

02-15-2008, 12:17 AM
I noticed the same thing when I started logging my calories. I was able to cut back on the fat percentage by reducing my olive oil usage and cutting my cheese consumption. I don't know about a recommended percentage, really. I try to keep my fat grams in the under-35 range. Most of my carbs come from fresh fruits and veggies, so I don't really watch that number, but I do try to keep my protein at or above 65g a day.

Hope that helps!


02-15-2008, 06:48 AM
I don't think there is a particular guideline for SB. I think as long as your saturated fats aren't out of control, you're okay. I don't think I can really compare my numbers to Kara's since I likely take in a lot more calories than her, but I know for me, I strive for at least 100g of protein every day. Protein usually ends up being maybe 55% of my calories, 35% from fats, and maybe 10% from carbs, but I'm still in Phase 1, so I haven't added in fruit or grains yet, and I haven't really been eating any beans or drinking milk. The bulk of my daily carbs comes from my morning glass of V8!

Apple Blossom
02-20-2008, 04:46 AM
Thanks for your replies!
I'm on day 8 now and I'm still seeing a lot of calories from fat. Today most of it came from a serving of nuts. I've been eating nuts everyday, but I think I need to cut them out, or at least go to every other day. And less cheese. I'll keep working on it!
Kara, I noticed you are training for a marathon. I have finished 5, back before I had kids. I would love to be able to train for one again, but it's hard to find the time. I'm hoping when my youngest starts kinder....Have fun, it's an awesome experience!

02-21-2008, 02:09 PM
Also if you go on the official website it does list the amount of fat you should be getting in terms of cooking oils. You are allowed 1 TB. per main meal. That also includes mayonaise. I really tried to research it and see about the SBD-approved margarines because I like that on my toast (when you are in Phase 2) I really couldn't find a definitive answer to satisfy me so I really make sure that when I "butter" my toast that I really use the absolute minimum that I can.

He really does STRESS low fat, reduced fat and no fat and in the book he does have guidelines for that. For example, 6 grams of fat per serving for cheese. I have found the Sargento's brand for reduced fat cheeses to be the best tasting.

The right kinds of fats are what give you a feeling of fullness besides the lean protein. Again, in the book, he does have guidelines for all of this.

Hope this helps!

Apple Blossom
02-21-2008, 06:42 PM
Thanks pamatga. I have to admit, I'm doing this with out the book. I'm just going with the info I get from this site. I actually have a couple of cook books on hold for me at the library. I should be able to pick them up tomorrow. :) I imagine there will be some basics as an intro to the cook book.