I find that counting Fat Grams is easier than counting calories, after all, fat is generally what makes us fat.
It is really easy to work out what food have to much fat by just searching on the internet and it’s also really easy to blow out and go way over your quota.
So what is the quota ? Well Mens should be aiming for 40-50 grams of fat a day and women should aim for 30-40 grams of fat per day. Obviously this all depends on how much exercise you are doing. In my opinion exercising more to increase the metabolism is more important than restricting fat grammes or calories, but being mindful of the amount of fat consumed is still a really good thing.
Keeping a food diary with the calculation of total fat counted is a great thing to do because it makes you realise how much you are putting in your mouth.
Of course there are good and bad fats . Saturated fat should be kept to around 10 % intake a day, because a high amount of this could lead to high bad cholesterol (LDL) and therefore potential artery blockages and it could end in a heart attack.
Omega 3,6 and 9 fats are good and these lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol (HDL) which reduce the risk of heart problems.
Keeping a diary of what your intake is a great educator in itself. For example, as nice as chicken kiev is, just on portion will take you virtually to double more than what you should be having. Egg yolk is also very high, so keep an eye on that. Egg recipes such as quiche and red meat are also high in cholesterol.
White red meat is really good in some ways (for iron), although it is high in saturated fat so the amount should be limited to twice a week.
So the lesson is to watch what you eat and do not eat too much of one thing.