Our bodies can be too pesky!
I have problems with my bile duct, and have to eat low fat myself. I make stones even without my gall bladder, and it will spasm on me and hurt like a heart attack. Fat is not my friend.
I follow what I call a low-fat, low carb diet. I am at 12-1300 calories a day, try to make sure I eat some fruit every day, and have a lunch that is as free of carbs as I can get. I eat a lot of carb control yogurt, cause having a good amount of calcium, especially from yogurt seems to help with the weight loss.
A typical day's menu would be:
Breakfast - a Carb Control yogurt or Smoothie
something with a lot of protein and not too much carb. I often cook a turkey burger on my Forman grill, and have it on two slices of Orowheat light whole wheat bread. This gives me a meal of 160+80 + 60 calories: about a 300 calorie meal. I usually also have one cup of sweetened and creamed coffee at about 50 calories a cup.
For lunch, I usually have a salad of various greens, low carb veggies like mushrooms, cukes, etc. fortified with a tablespoon of feta cheese, a tablespoon of walnut pieces, perhaps some fish, and no fat dressing. Often a tablespoon of olives. NO bread, no cereal, (because if I eat that, I will crave all day.) I might have some fruit. I always have a yogurt or a smoothie. This also runs 300 calories or thereabouts.
I have a mid afternoon snack. For me, a lot of the time this will be a cup of low fat cappachino, possibly some genisoy crisps, maybe fruit. Somewhere around 200 calories max.
Dinner is some lean meat, or fish, with salad, veggie, some carbohydrate food like pasta or rice or potato. Soy milk a lot of the time. Meal runs around 400 calories, with maybe a hundred calories in fruit for dessert, and then coffee. My evening total of calories runs about 600 calories.
As a rule of thumb, if there is a no-fat substitute, I eat that. If there is a way to make a dish lower fat, I do that (like making mashed potatos with chicken boullion, no-fat milk, and no-fat sour cream.) Only oil I use is olive oil. No butter, no margarine, only cheese I eat is non fat and a little parmesan on pasta. No oil in cooking pasta, either.
I do eat lean red meat, weighing the portions out. I eat some light Lay's potato chips with olestra instead of regular chips, but not at lunch. It's been working, and my blood fats are very good. Last liver enzyme test (only one of mine was out of wack) was excellent). I take fiber supplements and make sure I eat some fibery food.
I tried eating puffed wheat and lowfat soymilk for breakfast, but I end up with the carb craves.
It's not exactly an atkins diet, and it's not anybody's plan but mine, but I've lost 33 lbs. on it. And it doesn't aggravate my bile duct, which means the heart attack pain doesn't haunt me any more (a very good motivator!)