I have found the simplest way to know how much of what things to eat and it’s by using a plate diagram. This is Dr. Josh Axe’s diagram from his website and I think it is genius. I love how simple this is and I would measure the plate at 9 inches in diameter. (An average dinner plate is 11 inches in diameter).
The only thing that I was only slightly wondering about was fat. Because often fat comes in the form of avocados or salad dressing or for me, coconut oil in my shakes, I went straight to the source and asked him. Here is what he had to say:
It depends on the type of fat. On coconut products the limit could be higher. But in general maybe not more than 70g per day or 550 calories.
But I still don’t think that’s the right idea. I think the goal is to lower carbohydrate and especially sugar intake and then consider using coconut as the main source of fat. But for certain things like almond butter and avocado’s, I think it’s good to put a limiter and suggest 1/4 cup almonds or 1/2 avocado, or 1tbsp almond butter, etc…
Let me know if you have any other questions about the plate diagram. I know not everyone can afford organic foods but even if you cannot this is still a great way to fill up your plate and lean out and lose fat!
Check out his website where you can purchase The Real Food Diet Cookbook and his Burst Fit DVD at draxe.com
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