If you're not sure how much fat you really eat each day, it may be helpful to calculate the percentage of calories in your typical diet that comes from fat. You don't need to do this every day of your life. However, doing it each day for 2 to 3 weeks can give you some useful insight into your current eating habits. It can also give you a clear idea of how much fat you need to cut. If you make adjustments to reduce your fat intake, try calculating your percentage of calories from fat again for a couple of weeks. This will help you determine whether the changes you've made to eat more healthfully have been great enough.
The Nutrition Facts labels that are required on most packaged foods must list many details, including:
- the serving size for the food
- the number of calories in a serving
- the number of calories from fat in each serving
- the grams of saturated fat in a serving
To lower your cholesterol, you need to understand the percentage of calories in your food that comes from fat. This includes both total fat and saturated fat. These are not listed on the label. You may see some percentages listed, but they tell you what percentage of your daily nutritional needs are met by one serving of the food if you eat a 2,000 calorie diet. This is not the information that you need about fat.