I'm just looking at the vegetarian 7-day meal planner, it specifies low fat this and lot fat that, and I'm thinking,
Would it really hurt if I wasn't fussy about getting low-fat ingredients?
See, I've already got a reasonably active lifestyle, usually walking 30 minutes a day or more, and exercising on top of that regularly. Not athletic of course, but I think enough. And the problem with getting everything low-fat is that it tends to push you into the type of food purchasing market I don't really want to be in, where there are processes I don't know much about happening to food to appeal to people who think paying more for "99% fat free" food will buy back their health.
I remember reading in Enter the Zone that Sears said that he added extra fat to diets at atheletes quite happily, and that wasn't problematic, so long as you were in the first level of the zone where at least you were balanced in terms of protein vs carbohydrate and hence not having insulin reactions to food taken in. I realise that there is probably a level where a sympathetic CNS response will probably stimulate pancreatic insulin release anyway, but I'm not talking about that, just using as much olive oil as it takes to cook the food properly, as well as small amounts of high quality fats like the right nuts etc.
So, which of these low-fat recommendations are there because it is very important to avoid that type of fat because of the hormonal implications, and which are there to just keep the fat level down for those who sit around all day? Or should I just suck it and see for a while, and get a lipid test done?