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#1. Protein/Carbohydrate/Fat Percentage:
Numbers, numbers, numbers. They are the basics of nutrition. Once you know your "numbers", there are unlimited combinations of foods you can eat in your diet to supply yourself with the energy it takes to take off unwanted, excess body fat. Let's grow up, the word "diet" merely means "the food you choose to eat". That's all. It does NOT mean "restriction", or "hunger", or "no fat", or "no fun", etc.
When you combine the latest nutrition research with government reports, weight loss center "rules" and most any other research you find, you come up with numbers close to these:
Protein: 15% to 25% ...... about 20 to 30 grams per meal.
Carbohydrate: 60% to 70% ...... about 65 to 90 grams per meal.
Fat: 15% to 20% ...... about 7 to 10 grams per meal.
These are just guidelines, but they give you parameters to fall within. You will find HIGH PROTEIN diets, HIGH CARBOHYDRATE diets, but generally NOT HIGH FAT diets. PLEASE DO NOT MAKE THE MAJOR MISTAKE MADE BY DIETERS TODAY: Food is NOT the reason you lose excess body fat. EXCESS BODY FAT IS STORED ENERGY. IT NEEDS TO BE USED UP BY USING IT UP (EXERCISE), NOT BY EATING CERTAIN FOODS. 
Let me repeat that ONE VERY IMPORTANT POINT:
EXCESS BODY FAT IS STORED ENERGY. IT NEEDS TO BE USED UP BY USING IT UP (EXERCISE), NOT BY EATING CERTAIN FOODS.
I know that is NOT want you want to hear, but the facts are the facts. Remember the two questions? 
1. Why is the fat there?
2. Why would it have to leave?
Food's role is to supply you with NUTRIENTS, then you take the energy you have to EXERCISE..... this exercise uses up the excess body fat you have. AND, you get HEALTHIER as you use up this excess fat. PRETTY COOL PROCESS.

#2. Unsaturated/Saturated Fat Content:
This one is easy. RATIO. One number next to another. There are a ZILLION books out there that have the UNSATURATED and SATURATED fat content in foods listed. A 2/1 or 5/2 ratio of unsaturated/saturated fat is widely recommended. When "they" say unsaturated fat, they mean "NOT HEATED" and "NOT EXPOSED AT LENGTHS OF TIME TO LIGHT" unsaturated fat. Basically, they mean an UNALTERED unsaturated fat. In nature, the FAT of the food is protected in some way by some sort of covering. This helps to keep it from going RANCID. And research has shown that when you heat an unsaturated fat to a certain temperature you change its chemical structure to a SATURATED fat, which would blow the value of its unsaturatedness (if THAT isn't a word, I apologize).

#3. Calorie Intake:
Finally, we can mention CALORIE INTAKE. You've got it. Calories DO NOT matter as much as people make them out to matter. One question you could ask is:
"So if I eat a 5% Protein, 55% Carbohydrate and 40% Fat diet .....
is that different than a 25% Protein, 55% Carbohydrate and 20% Fat diet?
YES. YES. YES. YES. YES. GET THE POINT?
You can actually eat MORE calories the CLOSER you get to HEALTHY numbers. A 2,000 calorie diet with the proper percentages and ratios will supply you with MORE energy and excess body fat loss nutrients than a 1700 calorie diet with the WRONG percentages and ratios. Just look at it THIS way:
Is ONE gallon of UNLEADED gasoline equal to ONE gallon of LEADED gasoline? NOT TO YOUR CAR'S ENGINE. Even though one gallon equals one gallon, WHAT THE GAS IS MADE OF MATTERS TO YOUR CAR'S ENGINE. 
WHAT YOUR FOOD IS MADE OF MATTERS TO YOUR BODY. You are what you eat is a VERY TRUE statement. Go to the "CHOICES" page and read the THEORY OF PRIMARY RESIDENCE at the bottom of the page if you need inspiration to eat healthier choices and lose fat.
 

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