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  • #11713
    7asssa7
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    Starch seems to be superior to dietary fat in terms of thyroid/metabolism? But at the same time why does Matt recommend saturated fat? I heard about benefits of dietary fat on testosterone and sex hormones. So how much dietary fat should one take in terms of macros?

    #11721
    Ashley
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    I eat as much as I want. :) I’m not much help huh? I think if my body craves fat it’s doing so for a reason.

    I do know one reason for fat (and saturated being the “best” type) is to help get enough calories in/improve food palatability. It’s also supposed to be good for the thyroid.

    #11723
    mighty m
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    Also, saturated fat *as opposed to* polyunsaturated omega-6’s.

    #11724
    The Real Amy
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    Matt mostly means eat saturated fat instead of polyunsaturated fat, because it’s much better for the metabolism, and more satiating. There’s no need to load up on saturated fat (and there would likely be some negative consequences if you tried to). As Ashley says, go with your appetite on it.

    It’s mostly about using butter on your toast instead of margarine, using coconut oil for cooking instead of canola oil, that sort of thing.

    #11752
    7asssa7
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    Thanks for your replies. But still the majority of calories should come from Carbohydrates, am I correct? Is there any ratio in relation to carbohydrates vs fats.

    In caloric excess, dietary fat is easier stored as fat than carbs, but fats seem to help hormonal production in the body

    #11776
    Rob
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    @7asssa7 – There’s no magic formula. Some folks do well with a fairly high carb diet by percentage (65%+ carbs), others do well with a more balanced ratio. In general, let your appetite guide you- it’s usually effective at covering your bases, especially if you have a past of restricting one or another macronutrient, and you need to play ‘catch up.’

    #11777
    mighty m
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    Yeah, majority carb, in general, especially, I think, if you’ve been restricting them. But fats, protein and micronutrients are still needed, of course. Here’s a good article on the carb front:
    http://180degreehealth.com/2013/04/how-many-carbohydrates-should-you-eat

    There is definitely more on this subject on this site and I think in Diet Recovery 2, but I can’t remember ratios or grams offhand. Still, macro-tracking is probably not as important as, for instance, the paleo-types insist.

    #11789
    7asssa7
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    Thanks again for your informative posts and recommendations/links.

    Although Matt identifies carbohydrates as the most metabolically raising and stimulating, do you not find that fats especially saturated are better at increasing body temperature and well being?

    The other issue is that if one eats a lot of fat in a surplus, it is more likely to be stored as adipose tissue. Eating high fat also cause Insulin Resistance.

    #11790
    7asssa7
    Participant

    I have also read some articles that high carbhoydrate intake is linked to Adrenal Stress and adrenal fatigue. High carbohydrate intake is also said to increase cortisol much more than high fat and high protein. Any truth to that?

    #11793
    Dutchie
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    I think and have found that it matters what types of carbs you eat. At least in my case,which again is yet another restrictie p
    pattern unfortunately…: im also still in limbo about the fat,theres also some researches claiming that metabolic stimullation decreases with too much fat even saturated as opposed to carbs.

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