Lately I've been trying to increase my fat intake, partially at the recommendation of a dietician I saw and partially because I seem to have less sugar cravings if I do. It seems like we live in a low-fat world nowadays. I was just wondering if I'm alone in my desire to up
my fat intake.
My goal is 25-30% of my calories from fat on average, and never below 20%. In analyzing my typical 'try to eat healthy' diet I find myself more in the 10-15% range. I make up the difference in carbs, usually simple ones.
I'm surprised at how hard it is for me to eat a full 30% of my calories from fat, when I'm trying to eat healthy. Oh, sure, it's easy when I'm not worried about what I'm eating. French fries or ice cream or cookies, all those will drive up the fat content just nicely.
But when I'm trying to eat 'healthy', I'm trying to eat fewer calories. It's tempting to go with low-fat and fat-free everything. But if you do that, where do you get fats from? Nowhere, really. That's why I'd hover around 10% fat on average, and way more sugars than I needed.
So now I've started going low-fat instead of fat-free on some things, 2% milk instead of skim, adding oil to what I sautee instead of just Pam cooking spray, eating things I'd normally avoid like peanut butter or peanuts. I'm trying to avoid the saturated fats, and the trans fats, and stick to the 'good' kind. It seems like such a chore, though, like I have to go out of my way to look for opportunities to sneak a little more fat in while keeping my calories down. Anyone else have that problem?
(Oh, and I'm not saying anything against low-fat diets at all (aside from the fact that you need some
fat for fat soluble vitamins, I'm just not sure how much). I'm just looking at things from a different perspectiv e.)