View Full Version : Calorie content of EFAs (with reference to a PSMF)

07-11-2005, 10:05 AM
I bought Lyle's latest book on rapid fat loss and have decided to give a PSMF a go. While reading the introductory chapters and the motivation for supplementing EFAs a question occurred to me. Previously when counting calories I have always treated the flax oil I take as any other fat, in other words 9 calories per gram and approximately 5 grams in a teaspoon; taking two teaspoons a day this adds up to approximately 90 calories.

Lyle's book however highlighted the fact that EFAs are used for a multitude of tasks, but due to this, presumably not as an energy source? Should I therefore count the calories? On a normal diet they would be insignificant but when you are restricted to 800 calories a day and the dosage is a tablespoon of flax oil (approximately 135 calories) it becomes important.

07-11-2005, 10:46 AM
id count them and when you are restricted to 800 calories a day 135 calories is still not important that is a sh*t load of a deficit still

07-11-2005, 05:51 PM
I would still count them, but, if anything, go to Lyle's board and run a search...I'm sure someone's asked it there before.

Bruise Brubaker
07-11-2005, 08:46 PM
I would count them, everything you eat, proteins carbs fats, can be used by the body for something else than energy.

07-11-2005, 11:06 PM
count them

07-11-2005, 11:47 PM
Yes indeed, 9.1 cals each gram. It definatly adds up.

07-12-2005, 06:53 AM
This is in regards to a diet strategy. Lyle may have meant to eat (and I'm choosing random numbers here) 800 calories in addition to the fish oil you may be consuming.

07-12-2005, 10:17 AM
That is correct.

07-12-2005, 12:09 PM
800 calories? I hate the sound of that diet already. Good luck.