balancing carbs

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strive2bethi...

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Posted: 10 Oct 2013, 11:59
I am so completely and utterly confused about carbs. I am told fruits and veggies are good for you and you should eat a lot of them on the other hand I am told you should keep your carbs between 50 and 100 per day to boost weight loss. How is this possible when a single banana has 27 carbs. How are you supposed to achieve this carb range and still eat fruits and veggies? At the end of the day my carbs end up between 150 and 200, which apparently is way too high. I find it pretty much impossible to eat in a low carb range while still consuming fruits and veggies but getting enough calories in a day. What should an entire day of eating look like for someone to be able to eat a low amount of carbs, healthy foods, and still eat the number of calories they should be consuming. If anyone has any insight into this please help!
bigbassbrent

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Posted: 10 Oct 2013, 14:17
Fruits are not so good on a low carb diet. At least if you are trying to lose weight vs. maintain weight. If you must have fruits, then stick to berries only. Banana and pineapple are some of the worst ones. Think of fruit as natures candy bar and only eat as a treat. Also, try to eat only veggies that grow above the ground. Nuts are also a good source of carbs. I average about 20g carbs a day on a 2000 calorie RDI. Check my diet calendar for ideas, although I am doing a keto diet so my carbs are extra low but I could easily up them by adding nuts and berries. Good Luck!
- I don't diet. I eat to achieve my goals.
mummydee

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Posted: 10 Oct 2013, 20:03
Good answer bbb, Strive, if you really want to go low carb and lose weight you have to give up processed foods, m & m's, frito lay etc are not condusive to good health or weight loss.
Good carbs come from fruit and veggies, but as stated, fruit is high but for weight loss, berries are fine.
Bad carbs come from all processed foods and mostly 'whites' being white sugar white flour and white starches.
Eat 'real foods' high in good quality proteins like eggs, chicken, tuna etc.
Good fats from avocados, olive oils, nuts.
There are many days when you're not eating enough. I hope you just didn't add in the foods and didn't really only eat 300 cals ! your body needs fuel to burn the calories and you need to eat good healthy food.
By doing that you can lose the weight and maintain it for life.
have a look at bbb's food intake and you'll see just how much food you can eat and still be low carb.


If it is a plant, eat it, if it comes from a plant, don't!
strive2bethi...

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Posted: 10 Oct 2013, 21:25
Thank you both for the input. I went to the grocery and got some fruits, blueberry, black berry, kiwi, apples. some veggies, baby carrots, snap peas, romaine, spinach leafs, cucumbers, celery. I also bought some egg white (I hate yolks) chicken breasts, tuna and turkey. Hopefully all of this stuff will help!!Smile
Hoser

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Posted: 11 Oct 2013, 09:13
Low-carb is one way to diet, but it's not the only way.

There seems to be a difference between carbs in natural foods like fruits and vegetables and those in refined carbs-- think sugar and flour. Whole natural foods contain lots of valuable nutrition including fiber, and fiber seems to do lots of really good things for digestion and health.

You should probably minimize refined carbs, though you can do it in a pragmatic way rather than being a zealot about it.

I've recently become convinced that steel-cut oats with lots of fresh berries is an absolutely perfect breakfast.
bigbassbrent

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Posted: 11 Oct 2013, 09:33
Hoser is right, low carb is not the only way to diet but it is one of the easiest way's to diet without feeling hungry all the time.

I looked at your breakfast for today strive, and the slim fast shake is kinda setting you up to fail on your carbs. One serving is 24 carbs and it is loaded with sugar.

Like Hoser said, try to stick to natural foods. When you’re at the grocery store try not to buy anything that is pre-made and packaged. Shop the outside isles of the grocery and stay away from most of the things you can by on the inner isles. Most of it is processed junk!! Ignore the low carb and diet labels on processed foods. Eating real food gets your real results.

A better breakfast might be egg whites scrambled with cheese, mushrooms and spinach. Real food that is nutritious and low carb!


Good luck!
- I don't diet. I eat to achieve my goals.
strive2bethi...

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Posted: 11 Oct 2013, 11:19
I am not really sure where that came from I have not had one of those today... I actually hadn't even recorded anything for today until just now. I frequently eat egg while omelets, it is one of my favorite breakfasts. As far as me being at the grocery I posted a previous comment on what I bought just yesterday which I think sticks to your idea of staying towards the outsides.
bigbassbrent

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Posted: 11 Oct 2013, 11:35
Oops, I may have made a mistake when I thought I was looking at your food, I looked at the side bar and saw the shake. I dont think it was something you ate. Sorry for the confusion! I'm still getting used to this site.

And I agree, your shopping list looks pretty good but beware of the fruits. Lots of sugar and carbs. It's one of the things I miss the most since I went low carb. Since I haven’t been eating sugar I have become much more sensitive to sweetness. Now a spoon of peanut butter tastes super sweet to me. It's delicious! haha

Do be too afraid of good fats either. If you really sticking to low carb then you will need to eat some fats for energy. Just stay away from all vegetable oils when you can. Butter and animal fat has gotten a bad rap over the last several years. Newer science suggests that they are only bad when combined with a high carb diet but on a low carb diet they actually help you loose weight and improve your health.




- I don't diet. I eat to achieve my goals.
mummydee

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Posted: 11 Oct 2013, 11:35
You're right Strive, you did post what you had bought and I think you made some great choices. Hope you keep to it.
Taking supplements like Hydroxycut and eating minimum calories, might make you lose weight in the short term, but it's not always just fat, it's muscle too and you don't want to do that. And you'll gain it back as soon as you start eating normal again.

Going healthy is for life and the side effect is weight loss, good luck.
If it is a plant, eat it, if it comes from a plant, don't!
mummydee

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Posted: 11 Oct 2013, 11:39
Good call bbb, I've been LC'ing for years and my hdl/ldl are perfect. There are many books and sites you can read now on what's the real cause of problems such as this one.
http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/healthscience/2012/october/cholesterol-myth-what-really-causes-heart-disease/

So don't be afraid of fats, only if you're combining them with a bad diet that's high in processed foods and sugars.
If it is a plant, eat it, if it comes from a plant, don't!
Jenny...

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Posted: 19 Oct 2013, 19:54
Strive,
My husband and I began a lower carb regimen in February and he dropped 10 lbs in two weeks while I gained 2 lbs. However, as soon as I started paying attention to both carbs (limiting to 75-80 net grams) AND calories (limiting to 1200), my weight started to drop quickly. Most fruit is higher in carbs than non-starchy vegetables, so while I continue to lose weight, I limit my fruit consumption to just a few servings a week. For the most part, though, I do not limit non-starchy vegetables and eat lots of greens, mushrooms, broccoli, cabbage, sweet peppers, green beans, etc. As you wrote earlier this month, fruits are loaded with vitamins and minerals, but so are non-starchy vegetables and you can eat more of them without fear of screwing up your diet or blood sugar levels. I hope my experience can help you, too. After I reach my goal weight, I will add 20-25 net carb grams back to my diet, along with 500-600 more calories. FatSecret makes it easy to track every morsel.
Jenny
Nancy...

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Posted: 22 Oct 2013, 22:57
Try reading 'Choose to lose' by Chris Powell
He explains a way to cycle between low carb
Days and high carb days. He is from ABC's
Extreme Makeover: weight loss edition. His
Website is www.chrispowell.com I got my
Book from the library. I have had friends who
Have had real success with the carb cycle
Solution. I'm trying to start it now. Very good
Book to read! Just an idea for me because I
Think I could really live with this, I've tried tons
Of diets over the years and was always hard
To stick to it as a lifestyle change.



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