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Real Life Fitness Questions Answered

Kelly Marshall
Fitness Consultant

Posted 14 Aug 12

Does my fat allowance matter for weight loss?

Hi. Can you clarify something├é┬?..I am under/near but never over my calorie count, always over for exercise but I'm sometimes over on my fat allowance? Obviously the limit is there for a reason (not to go over!) but is this a major problem??

Our expert says...



It is excellent that you are essentially consistent with your calorie intake but the question about fat intake is an excellent and very relevant one. The body will use the calories we give it (whether they are in the form of carbohydrate, fat or protein) but the body’s efficiency and what it does with a given calorie depends on where it has come from.


Calories from fat are more likely to be stored as fat for long-term fuel storage, protection of vital organs and warmth (this is a genetic predisposition). Protein calories are transferred into the muscles and used to repair cells and regenerate hair, skin and other important organs. Carbohydrate can be stored in the liver and muscles in various forms as stored fuel for energy but if overeaten it can be converted to fat for storage as fuel.


If you over consume your daily recommended fat calories then over a medium to long-term period you risk increasing your unhealthy cholesterol by having the excess fat being stored in the blood vessels. The body needs fat but only small amounts of the right kind of fat.


I would highly recommend you aim to keep within your fat allowance from a health perspective.


Hope this helps,





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