5 or 10 grams of fat a day is REALLY too little...I would aim for AT LEAST 20-25 grams a day. You need a certain amount of fat in the body to keep the skin hydrated, and keep your hair from becoming brittle, and so on. A moderately low fat diet is about 30% of your calories...27% is equal to 3 grams of fat per 100 calories-so a 1200 calorie diet at 27% fat would be 36 grams per day. Anything that can be packaged as "low fat" has to fall within this guideline of 3 grams or less per 100 calories.
Extreme low fat diets like 5-10 grams a day can cause dry brittle hair, and even hair loss...and dry skin, lips,and such-as well as some worse if done for a long perio of time. Your calorie level at 1200 is a touch low, but even if you don't change that-you should up the fat slightly to 20 grams or more at least...and it should be healthier fats like peanut butter, the minimal fat in chicken, and so on...not the fat in hamburger, etc. Also-those watching fat grams shoudl beware of eating too many "fat-free" products such as pudding cups, fat free Newtons, and such-because you may be eating less fat-but you are also eating more sugar and less nutrients. Naturally low fat sources like fruits and veggies are best-keep the "fat free treats" to once a day.
Lowering your fat intake is a good thing-but it can be done way too extremely. Use the 3 grams per 100 calories formula as a guide.
1200 calories a day-36 grams of fat a day
1400 calories a day-42 grams of fat a day
1500 calories a day-45 grams of fat a day
and so on...
gma2one's plan of approximately 45 grams a day is a little more "right". (There are 9 fat calories per every gram of fat-if you want to figure it)
Start weight after baby #3: 233.9
Current weight: 143
90 pounds lost!