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Doctor insights on: High Fiber Low Calorie Low Saturated Fat Foods

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Assuming the food i eat is high in total fat but very low in saturated fat & i manage to burn all calories i eat.Is high fat food OK in this scenario?

Assuming the food i eat is high in total fat but very low in saturated fat & i manage to burn all calories i eat.Is high fat food OK in this scenario?

Unknown: I don't think we really know the answer to this excellent question but my impression is that, if you're using all the calories you eat, the fat content is not harmful. I base this on lipid profile results of Dr. Adkins (of the Adkins' diet) who eat a low carb, high fat diet, lose weight, and have no demonstrable harm. Some fats (monounsaturated) in moderation, appear to actually be beneficial. ...Read more

Calorie (Definition)

A calorie is the amount of heat energy needed to increase a mililiter of water 1 degree centigrade, the calorie we talk about in foods is really a kilocalorie, that is the amount of energy needed to increase a liter of water 1 degree centigrade... So if you eat a food that is 500 calories that food if burned completely has enough energy to heat a liter of ...Read more


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116 lbs overweight. Started high protein/fiber, low calorie diet. Eating more than usual but less calories and fat. Lost 3.4 lbs in 3 days. Ok? Eating1300-1400 calories per day. Never hungry for more

116 lbs overweight. Started high protein/fiber, low calorie diet. Eating more than usual but less calories and fat. Lost 3.4 lbs in 3 days. Ok? Eating1300-1400 calories per day. Never hungry for more

Congratulations: Congratulations on attempting to lose weight! the problem with diets is that they are sometimes unsustainable. If you are eating 1300 calories per day and are not hungry this is a sign that you were maybe overeating before. The best solution is to make long term lifestyle changes. Losing a pound a day may be too much, a more realistic goal is 2-4 lbs per week. ...Read more

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Looking for more clarity:Apart from contributing lot of calories & bad effects of saturated fat,what are other reasons a high fat food is discouraged?

Looking for more clarity:Apart from contributing lot of calories & bad effects of saturated fat,what are other reasons a high fat food is discouraged?

Fat food: If you continue taking fat food you will quickly minimize your blood flow, particularly blood supply to your heart. Stop eating so much saturated fat or pay the price. I am sure you don't want that. ...Read more

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Is 92% "daily value" (18 grams) saturated fat too high on a 2000 calorie diet for someone who is slightly underweight and mildly active/sedentary?

Is 92% "daily value" (18 grams) saturated fat too high on a 2000 calorie diet for someone who is slightly underweight and mildly active/sedentary?

No: The 2000 calorie diet is a recommendation for a female of an ideal weight so is a saturated fat intake. For an ideal male it's around 2400. Your saturated fat intake is ok, but if you're concerned about it's effect on your body ask your doctor to run a cholesterol panel and it will tell you whether you need to modify your diet. ...Read more

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I had 1, 200 calories in a day and 27g fiber. Is that too much fiber for a low calorie count if that's all in a day?

I had 1, 200 calories in a day and 27g fiber.  Is that too much fiber for a low calorie count if that's all in a day?

Carbohydrates: 27 grams of carbohydrates is 108 calories. This is well below the 25% threshold one should stick to in a properly balanced diet. If you are getting more than 27 grams of carbohydrates in general you can multiply each gram by four calories to get your total count. Ideally one should be under 25% of total calories for carbohydrates. ...Read more

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When eating something what makes you fat besides calories? Trans fat. Sugar saturated fat calories from fat. etc...?

When eating something what makes you fat besides calories? Trans fat. Sugar saturated fat calories from fat. etc...?

Not enough activity: The simple formula which determines if you gain or lose weight is Calories taken in minus Calories used. Taken on a day to day basis, you can know if you are using up the calories or not. If calories eaten far exceeds calories burned up by whatever activity, weight is gained. It does not matter if the calories are fats proteins or carbohydrates, body chemistry turns the excess into fat to store it ...Read more

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How much saturated fat can increase risk of arterial plaque based on 2000 calorie diet? I get about 12-16g per day (but i also get 60-80g mufa).

How much saturated fat can increase risk of arterial plaque based on 2000 calorie diet? I get about 12-16g  per day (but i also get 60-80g mufa).

20 gm or less: I think less. But 20 gm or less is what health.Gov recommends for a 2000 cal. Diet. http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2000/document/choose.htm. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/mufas/an02120. ...Read more

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I started weightlifting. Many people i've met recommend the paleo diet. If half of my calories came from saturated fat, what would it do to my body?

I started weightlifting. Many people i've met recommend the paleo diet. If half of my calories came from saturated fat, what would it do to my body?

Unknown: It was widely believed that the low carb, high fat, atkins diet would cause a marked increase in LDL cholesterol and heart disease but it didn't. If you're normal weight and exercising regularly, it may not matter what you're eating but this has not been conclusively proven. As a cardiologist, I do not recommend 50% of calories from sat. Fat but you can measure your own lipids & see for yourself. ...Read more

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Should I eat low calorie and high protein foods to lose weight and build muscle? Even if I don't workout much?

Should I eat low calorie and high protein foods to lose weight and build muscle?  Even if I don't workout much?

Improving your food: plan is a good idea but please consider some form of exercise. They mutually help each other. Baby steps. 10 minutes of walking to start. Move to 15 or 20. Boredom stops people from exercise. Use headphones if needed. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Which is best diet for permanent fat loss? Aikins high fat type diet or high carb low fat or low calorie diet. Confused.

Which is best diet for permanent fat loss? Aikins high fat type diet or high carb low fat or low calorie diet. Confused.

Diet: It's tough to change your diet at age 71. Go online and look at the several options for good diet control. My preference is "NuVal" but the others are good. Don't forget to exercise regularly but start slowly and increase as you feel stronger. ...Read more

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What are reliable, doctor-recommended high protein, low calorie & low sugar foods?

What are reliable, doctor-recommended high protein, low calorie & low sugar foods?

Many!: Meats (all lean), cheeses, greens, spinach, beans, lentils. Too many to name. Whey protein-great supplement. Many high protein-no or low-sugar products made by eas and atkin's. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if you eat low calorie, low fat, yet high in sugar?

Could you tell me what happens if you eat low calorie, low fat, yet high in sugar?

No so healthy: Regardless of what you are eating, excess calories leads to weight gain. If you eat low calorie but largely junk sugar diet, you may not be gaining weight but you are also not giving your body optimum nutrition. ...Read more

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Can you suggest healthy, filling foods? Have been using soup, tea... so many of my snacks just don't satisfy. Was trying low calorie, low fat snacks.

Can you suggest healthy, filling foods? Have been using soup, tea... so many of my snacks just don't satisfy. Was trying low calorie, low fat snacks.

Diet: I strongly suggest that you go on-line to "NuVal" where you will find the good, not so good, and bad for you foods. You should have no trouble finding food that are best for you. Some of the scores will surprise you but pay attention to what you read on the list of foods. ...Read more

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Can you tell me in the gym. but I'm just curious what a low-fat, low-calorie, high protein diet will do to my body. will I gain weight?

Can you tell me in the gym. but I'm just curious what a low-fat, low-calorie, high protein diet will do to my body. will I gain weight?

Depends.: on total calories in versus out. WIth exercise, the weight loss WON'T be all from muscle loss; without it, that is likely to occur. 10xweight = calories used daily 100-500 additional / hr from exercise; 4000 calories is a pound. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0692496157/ has additional info on the psychology of weight loss. ...Read more

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Is there any place I can buy low calorie non-fat baby food?

Is there any place I can buy low calorie non-fat baby food?

Why ???????: Babies are a work in progress & fat is a necessary part of their diet. The rapidly growing brain uses cholesterol to form the insulating layer surrounding nerve attachments as they form & as the basic molecule from which various hormones are built. Failure to receive appropriate sources of dietary fat in the rapid growth period of infancy can result in permanent developmental impairment. ...Read more

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Age 24f,can i eat low calorie food like biscuits tea with skim milk and cereal when i am constipated will that increase my weight and face fat?

Age 24f,can i eat low calorie food like biscuits tea with skim milk and cereal when i am constipated will that increase my weight and face fat?

Eat a balanced diet!: Google 'food pyramid' to learn about a healthy diet. Generally, try to eat more proteins and less carbohydrates & fats while maintaining pportion control and remaining physically active. Salad dressings can convert a healthy food into an item loaded with fat & salt, so always ask for the dressing on the side and dip your fork in it, rather than drowning the salad with it. ...Read more

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Saturated Fat (Definition)

Saturated fat is a kind of fat found in certain foods. Eating high amounts of saturated fats over time may make a person more prone to developing heart disease and plaques ...Read more