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Old 04-12-2010, 05:13 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I've found that processed foods claiming to be low in fat have compensated by increasing the amount of sugar, usually in the form of fructose. Read food labels carefully. Low fat does not mean low calorie.
Also, sugar metabolizes into fat -so the amount of sugar being consumed should be monitored closely. Diets that are "low fat" but high in sugar are still high fat.
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Old 04-12-2010, 07:50 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Saturated fat raises cholesterol and increases your risk of heart disease.
Just wanted to point out that this is an unfounded statement. Ronald Krauss, a respected lipid researcher from UC Berkeley, recently published a study showing no correlation between saturated fat and heart disease. Unless you have a family history of high cholesterol, there's no good reason to avoid saturated fat in particular unless you're trying to bring down your total fat calories.

In any case, I switched over from a diet that was typically around 60%c, 20%f, 20%p during college to a 60%f, 20%c, 20%p now. The end result has been that my weight has stayed the same, but body comp has changed drastically toward muscle rather than fat, and I'm not hungry all the time any more. I can also focus a lot better and I do well on less sleep (not that I mind the extra hours when I can get them).

It might help to take a couple months and experiment with different ratios on yourself. Take around 2 weeks to adjust and gauge your results before moving on. Hopefully you'll find what suits you.

Good luck!

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