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Old 07-14-2013, 09:49 AM   #1
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What do you consider 'high' fat?

I see a lot of people saying they're on a high fat diet, but I don't know what that means to most people. Kind of like saying 'low carb'. Some think 140gm a day is low. Others think under 60 and still others think under 30.

So what is the consensus on 'high' fat as a percentage of the diet. Mine usually runs around 65% with protein coming in at a little less than half of that and when I see what other people are eating, would consider my diet moderate fat (although 'high' compared to what the mainstream believes is appropriate).

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Old 07-14-2013, 10:21 AM   #2
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I honestly don't think about it; I just eat what I eat and the macros fall where they will.

My fat percent is most often in the mid 60s but it is sometimes lower, sometimes higher.

Percentages are not really good to plan on; the same macros that are great at one calorie point can be bad at a different calorie point.
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Old 07-14-2013, 11:17 AM   #3
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I agree that the macros can be deceiving.

First I see how much pro I need. For me right now it's 65 to 80 g. (my goal wt is 125 and my multiplier is 1.2, lowish according to Phinney/Volek formula)
I tolerate up to 20 total g carbs.

So that's up to 400 calories.
Not enough to eat, so the rest is fat. In my case, it's about 800 cal from fat, call it 90 g.

90 fat 80 pro 20 carb = 66.7% fat, 26.4% pro, 6.6% carb

But, I'm at a calorie deficit so I'm burning body fat--gotta count that as fuel. I guestimate that I'm burning 300-400 cal of body fat a day. Call it 300
Now my macros is:
74% fat 21.1% pro 5.3% carb
And that's high fat.
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Old 07-14-2013, 01:51 PM   #4
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I eat fewer than 20g of carbs, somewhere in the neighborhood of 120g of protein, and the rest of my calories come from fat. I eat somewhere around 1800 calories per day on average, though it varies widely. That's my definition of low carb, moderate protein, high fat.

Mind you, the only thing I'm strictly counting is carbs.
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Old 07-14-2013, 01:56 PM   #5
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I would consider anything above 70 or 75% to be high fat, but that's kind of arbitrary. I think 65% would sound very high to most people. I shoot for 80 to 85% when I'm counting macros, but usually I just eat my 50ish grams of protein and 12 g of carb and then fill in with fat till I'm not hungry anymore. I don't track all that often anymore. I probably should for a while just to see where I'm at these days.
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Old 07-14-2013, 02:32 PM   #6
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Hi guys...I understand that some don't count. What I'd like to know from those who do...and who say they're high or moderate fat...what they consider to be 'high' or 'moderate'. For example, my diet is about 60-65% fat and I think it is moderate...but curious how that compares to how others define 'high' or 'moderate'.
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Old 07-14-2013, 05:56 PM   #7
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I would consider 65% high fat. I eat more than that though.
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