I had my diet analyzed by a 4th year nutrition major (yeah, I know they don’t know too much, but it was free). [/quote]
…and the tears start falling again.
I think when I become a dietitian, I will make it my life’s goal to stop this hatred for dietitians from athletes.
Anyway, I agree with a lot of the previous suggestions to cut saturated fat in your diet. Remember, even though your diet might be working for you physique-wise, that does not automatically make it healthy. The Atkins Diet works for losing fat, but it isn’t healthy. Starvation works in the short run, too, but it isn’t healthy. The nutrition student you consulted was probably (like, 99.9% probably) more concerned with your long-term health than your current physique goals.
A lot of saturated fat is still dangerous (albeit in varying degrees)whether you are 5% bf or 35% bf. Now, you do lessen the danger by being an athlete (I assume you are one), but why create that danger to begin with?
The student told you to reduce total fat intake. Immediately, I know that some people are going to say that you shouldn’t reduce your fat ratio if you’ve found it has contributed to your low body fat percentage. I’m not an expert yet by far, but I recently learned that saturated fat provides no indispensible benefits to the body. Therefore, if you want to keep the same fat ratio, you won’t miss anything by replacing saturated fat with unsaturated fats. Recommendations to reduce total fat intake are often made because total fat intake is usually proportionate to saturated fat intake. Although, if you are more concerned with health than physique, it wouldn’t hurt to lower total fat a bit to make more room for other types of foods that provide varying nutritional benefits.
I guess my bottom line is that looking good does not always indicate healthiness. Hell, my father was a lean and active old guy who passed all of his stress tests when he had emergency triple bypass surgery. Don’t take your diet for granted.