Macros 101 Continued: Fat

Largely fat gets a bad rap. If you're a paleo 'dieter' like me you have first hand knowledge that a little extra fat in your diet, isn't all that bad.
I should also reiterate that I'm a loose paleo dieter. I LOVE-love-love the lifestyle, but training for a marathon and keeping up with budgeting costs has me eating some traditional non-paleo food.

With that said, the amount of fat and the different types of fat are really what we should be discussing.

 Cassie Smith and Meghan Kahnle wrote a great article on what 20 grams of fat looks like, how to gauge it, as well as how to add a little into your diet.

"However, not all fats have the same nutritional value to your body. Trans fat found in vegetable shortenings and partially hydrogenated oils has zero health benefits. Despite its bad rap, saturated fat is safe to eat if eaten in small amounts—typically less than 10 percent of your daily fat intake. Unsaturated fats found in olive oil, plant-based foods, and omega-3 fatty acids have potentially healthy impacts on your body, including improved cholesterol, reduced joint pain, and protection against heart disease."

Check out the full article here, at Measuring Your Macros: What 20 grams of Fat looks like

Again, your macro needs will depend on what your goals are.  Head over to the Body Building Macro Nutrient Calculator to determine how many fat grams you should eat based on your goals.
Check out part 1 here on counting your macros
And part 2 counting your macros: protein
part 4: Carbs

Tomorrow I'll be back with our most favorite love/hate relationship with Carbohydrates!