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Weight and Fat

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I haven't lost weight (not seriously trying at this time) and don't seem to be doing much more working out, but I believe my wiggly belly fat has started to recede*. I am doing more core work, mostly with the aim of helping my ITB (the exercises include core work) but it doesn't seem like that much more. I also have been <i>trying</i> not to eat as much fat during the day (no Ben and Jerry's for a while, and reduced chocolate intake per day) so maybe that is helping have an effect.<br><br>
I am fairly certain that reducing my overall fat intake is the logical thing to do, in order to keep reducing the cute (NOT) pouch on my front. Anyone have any supporting or counter wisdom to offer?<br><br><br><br><br><span style="font-size:xx-small;">*I cannot back up this feeling with data, like measurements or anything at this time.</span>
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Obviously you wouldn't be doing yourself any favours if you ate fast food and ice cream day in and day out, <img alt="smile.gif" src=""> but I think a lot of it depends on the type of fat you eat at least as much as the amount. I get about 25-30% of my daily calories from fat, and I weigh less than I ever have (my BMI is 17). But I only eat plant fats, focusing on omega-3s and other healthy fats. I don't eat anything that's "low fat" aside from in my own baking subbing in banana or apple sauce for eggs/oil. The types of fat and the overall quality of the calories you eat are pretty important, in my experience.<br><br>
And people are just built differently too. Even though I'm very slim I have a little bulge above each hip that probably only I can see.
Ah, I see. Fat intake definitely shouldn't be over 30% as a general rule. I just figured you were eating "low fat" and having these issues. I know of people who eat only 10-15% of calories from fat.<br><br>
Like you said, is the small things that add up, particularly if they don't offer any real nutritional value otherwise. When you eat chocolate, for example, you should consider eating dark (70%) organic chocolate rather than M&Ms because then at least you're getting the antioxidants from it, as well as a pretty decent amount of iron. M&Ms and most chocolate/candies like that are nutritional zeros. Also, dark/organic chocolate tends to be more rich and more expensive, so you'll be inclined to eat less anyway. (I eat chocolate every single day. <img alt="razz.gif" src=""> )<br><br>
Oh and there's nothing wrong with coconut milk sometimes. Just make sure you're eating it with copious amounts of vegetables... the greener the better. <img alt="wink.gif" src=""> Although, you may be getting extra unaccounted for fat when your SO cooks if he doesn't carefully measure the oils that are being used. It can really add up! And make sure he's using oil with a good omega3/6 balance, like olive or organic canola.
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Yep, exactly. That's what I was trying to get at in talking about making each calorie count, consuming only the best sources of fat etc. <img alt="wink.gif" src=""> I'm just not as concise as others.
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