Low carb diet-Confused

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Posted: 20 Jun 2013, 04:03
Anyone please help..I am on a low carb diet, but my worry is that i am eating too few calories. I know i am not supoosed to track calories but net carbs. My net carbs are ok, but too few calories. My main worry is that i have been told that eating too few calories can hamper your weight loss. Does this theory hold with low carb dieters?Question

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Posted: 20 Jun 2013, 05:01
i just started a new 'routine' i hate the word diet. check it out, it is full of info and i've lost 6lbs in 7 days. 'the 100' by jorge cruise. he explains so much in detail that not all calories are equal, and what food does inside our bodies. it is an amazing book. you can get it online for ereaders for $12.99, i bought the book for $30. good luck!

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Posted: 20 Jun 2013, 07:43
Thank you very much, will definately check it out.

I also found this extract from atkins:

A daily minimum for women losing weight on Atkins typically ranges from 1,500 to 1,800 calories; for men, the minimum range is 1,800 to 2,000 calories. Research has shown that on a low-carb program, more calories are burned than on a low-fat diet, and that people eating the Atkins way tend to naturally consume fewer calories than those on a low-fat program. But understand that this does not give you a license to gorge.

There's no need to count calories unless you don't start (or stop) losing weight, in which case you're probably consuming too many; or if you feel tired all the time, in which case, you're not consuming enough.

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Posted: 20 Jun 2013, 07:46
6lbs in 7 days? wow that is amazing. I lost 3.3lbs in 7 days(1.5kg, tried converting it to lbs Smile )

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Posted: 20 Jun 2013, 13:36
when you first start Atkins most people usually lose a lot of weight the first few weeks. most is water weight due to your body adjusting to the new healthy food & lifestyle.
if you think your calories are too low try adding more fat...butter, olive oil, coconut oil, avocado. your body needs fat, just give it the good kind.
there are differing opinions on the minimum amount of calories needed, but I'll offer 1200 as a general guide. 1500-1800 is a good range to shoot for, but don't stress if you don't get it exact or make yourself eat if you aren't hungry.
i usually have a few low days & high days...i might eat a lot one day and not as much the next. do it more on how you feel.
I lost about 30 lbs on Atkins then converted to more of a Paleo way of eating


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Posted: 25 Jun 2013, 10:48
From what I see you only have one day of eating above 1200 calories, which most would recommend is the minimum of amount of calories a woman should consume daily. Atkins tends to make you feel full soon because of the fat content. I agree, add some fats to your diet to up calorie intake. I'm back on Atkins trying to lose my last 10 lbs or so of baby weight, but the first time I did Atkins I lost 10 lbs the first week. I always seemed to eat above, or right at the recommended calories though for my body weight at the time.

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Posted: 25 Jun 2013, 12:41
It's just like putting a log on a fire, If you constantly put a log on, you get good even heat, but if you put too small a log on, you get less energy and it soon dies out. Your body works in the same way, it needs fuel to 'turn on' and burn fuel, When you put too little in, it slows down and saves what it has.
hope that makes sense..
could you add another protein in with your breakfast and dinner? Nitrate free bacon with your eggs, or fish with the dinner? especially salmon. This would up your calorie intake.
If it is a plant, eat it, if it comes from a plant, don't!

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Posted: 30 Jun 2013, 13:11
"My main worry is that i have been told that eating too few calories can hamper your weight loss. Does this theory hold with low carb dieters?"

Yes. Keep your calories up and your caloric deficit reasonable to keep your metabolism engaged. You can start with an online keto-calculator or BMR calculator but you have to experiment to find the right level for yourself.

You might have to track calories for a few days or a few weeks but after you get a feel for how much food you should be eating you can stop tracking if it is too much of a hassle for you.



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