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Getting Calories from Saturated Fats?

What would happen if a large percentage of your overall calorie requirements to build muscle came from saturated fats?

why would you want to?

[quote]jehovasfitness wrote:
why would you want to?[/quote]

very fast metabolsim + low budget + small appetite.

Thinking of adding 2000 cals worth of heavy whipping cream daily which would make about 1/3 of my daily calories…

Why not add more calories through healthy fats like olive oil, or nuts?

[quote]elusive wrote:
Why not add more calories through healthy fats like olive oil, or nuts?[/quote]

already am w/ olive oil, anymore seems to give me stomach isuses and nuts = more solid food and my stomach cant take it :frowning:

So you’re eating 6k cals a day? What do you weigh? How old are you? Just wondering.

I read from Berardi that you should have about 1/3 of your daily fats come from saturated/polyunsaturated/monounsaturated each.

I don’t think it’s a bad idea to get a lot of calories from saturated fat, but getting them all from the same source is probably not a good idea… foods are made up of much more than just macronutrients and you don’t want to consume huge amounts of any particular vitamin, mineral, etc. I prefer monounsaturated fat to saturated fat, but I would rather consume saturated than polyunsaturated, except for a bit of fish oil (I shoot for around 5g per day of combined EPA/DHA).

Here are a few links regarding saturated fat and health:
http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2008/10/saturated-fat-and-risk-of-death-brief.html
http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2008/10/saturated-fat-and-health-brief.html

I get most of mine from whole milk. I don’t think 2000 cals worth of cream a day is gonna be the answer.

And I also strive to get 1/3 from sat, poly and mono fats.

[quote]anab0lic wrote:
What would happen if a large percentage of your overall calorie requirements to build muscle came from saturated fats?[/quote]

It would be a good thing. I seek to reduce the Polyunsaturated fats in my diet. To that end, I am eating lots of meat, cheese and coconut oil:
www.westonaprice.org/knowyourfats/oiling.html

[quote]entheogens wrote:
anab0lic wrote:
What would happen if a large percentage of your overall calorie requirements to build muscle came from saturated fats?

It would be a good thing. I seek to reduce the Polyunsaturated fats in my diet. To that end, I am eating lots of meat, cheese and coconut oil:
www.westonaprice.org/knowyourfats/oiling.html

[/quote]

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I’m starting to really like coconut oil. I have started to use a good cod liver oil supplement. No more cheap fish oil. I only take about a teaspoon a day so very little of my fat intake is from poly’s.

I think it depends on carbohydrate intake - the way insulin is released will affect where all that extra saturated fat goes. IMO if carb intake is pretty low (a la anabolic diet) you should go well from a body composition point of view.

well all those ppl who drink a gal of whiole milk a day get a shit load of sat fat

MmM I love coconut oil! Just wish it was a few bucks cheaper.

[quote]DeadRamones wrote:
MmM I love coconut oil! Just wish it was a few bucks cheaper.[/quote]

well coconut oil doesnt contain normal sat far

Yes I know that. Doesn’t mean I can wish it to be a few bucks cheaper.

Whats the backlash against polyunsaturated fats? What did I miss?

[quote]anab0lic wrote:
jehovasfitness wrote:
why would you want to?

very fast metabolsim + low budget + small appetite.

Thinking of adding 2000 cals worth of heavy whipping cream daily which would make about 1/3 of my daily calories…[/quote]

Not terrible if it is organic grass fed cows. I would just make sure you get some fish fat in there somewhere.

[quote]msd0060 wrote:
Whats the backlash against polyunsaturated fats? What did I miss?[/quote]

Many guys who pimp coconut oil seem to hate on polyunsaturated fat, without any mention of the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids. These tend to be the guys who are trying to sell you coconut oil by knocking fish oil.

[quote]DeadRamones wrote:
MmM I love coconut oil! Just wish it was a few bucks cheaper.[/quote]

+1 for coconut oil.