Low Calories Intake vs. Low Carbs

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Woo Alexa

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Posted: 19 Sep 2011, 11:18
Is low calories intake better than low carbs? if so any food examples or recipes you guys want to share...please help!

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Posted: 19 Sep 2011, 15:28
i prefere to watch my calories i think if you make better food choices the balance of carbs will just follow

i am eating my main meal from a side plate (small )
trying to include more veggies and fruit
not frying anything
changing away from takeaways
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New MrsRando

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Posted: 19 Sep 2011, 15:31
It's really personal preference as both approaches appear to work to lose weight... however, I have seen people follow the low carb approach and then put the weight back on when they add the carbs back in. But the same can be said about people who watch calories and then don't when they reach their goal weight.

For me, I don't think I would be successful if I cut out carbs. It makes more sense to me to not cut out anything but monitor my portions and calories. So far it's worked for me.
Woo Alexa

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Posted: 19 Sep 2011, 15:33
Thank you so much for the replies

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Posted: 19 Sep 2011, 15:44
I have been doing both ,watching my carbs and eating around 1500 calories ,its working..
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Posted: 19 Sep 2011, 19:12
i watch carbs no more than 45 a day.meat cheese,eggs,veggies

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Posted: 19 Sep 2011, 21:03
Track all your food intake even the tic tac's and you will ultimately look at the week and know what you need to change.

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Posted: 19 Sep 2011, 22:42
It really all depends on you! What would be best for you. Are you an active person? Do you get out much? What foods do you like? These are the questions I asked myself. I am naturally more of a carnivore than anything else, therefore I went with atkins. Either way you have friends and support here!......
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Posted: 20 Sep 2011, 07:03
you wont lose weight unless you consume less calories than you burn. by cutting out carbs doesnt mean you dont have to watch calories.
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Posted: 20 Sep 2011, 07:24
i think it also depends on the person. our bodies are all different. ive tried everything from slim fast to nutri system and had no luck. finally i understand how many calories, carbs, fat , fiber etc. i'm supposed to have each day and finally its working. i'm losing slowly, which i hear is better. im excited about this new knowledge! for my body, it takes watching more then either calories or carbs, i have to watch it all.

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Posted: 20 Sep 2011, 07:55
I watch my calories but I have found that if my snacks include protein, like a piece of string cheese or nuts - that seems to help cut down the carbs and keeps me satisfied between meals.

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Posted: 20 Sep 2011, 07:58
Agree with other posters that you have to do what's right for you. Some people have phenomenal success on the low carb approach but I wouldn't be able to stick to it and have found a low cal approach that works and is sustainable for me long term. Do some serious thinking about what would work for you in the long-term, since ideally, you shouldn't be thinking in terms of a diet but a permanent change- that's what will allow you to keep the weight off. The worst thing you can possibly do is lose the weight and then go back to all the bad habits that caused you to gain it in the first place!
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Posted: 20 Sep 2011, 08:02
I have done a 2 pronged approach. The Paleo plan (high protein low carb) and the blood type plan. I have lost a lot of weight when I follow these two. Gnat824 is wright. follow what your body tells you to follow. Low carb has always worked great for me and I found out that my blood type is one that does well with low carb.

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Posted: 20 Sep 2011, 08:04
I also found that eating a bigger lunch and a smaller diner (with snacks in between) worked great too. That is a more European way of eating.
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Posted: 22 Sep 2011, 17:02
Low calorie is good only if you eat enough protein and fat. You don't need a lot, but if not, you will lose muscle mass and/or energy not to mention lesser health. With low carb, protein and fat are automatic so health, muscle mass, energy, etc are maintained or bettered. Going low carb "properly" also means you're never hungry which makes it easier. Usually with low cal, you get hungry and have to fight it.

Another thought. If you think of your diet as a temporary diet, it will not do you much good in the long run as you'll gain the weight back and maybe even end up doing the yo-yo thing which is worse. Just change the way you eat permanently and don't look back.

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Posted: 24 Sep 2011, 20:17
I have found that cutting carbs too low results in poor energy levels. I have always watched calorie counts, boosted protein and fiber, and I drink a lot of water. Good luck to you.

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Posted: 25 Sep 2011, 17:09
My husband and I are on here, we both need to lose 80 lbs at least. Can anyone tell us the min/max carbs, sodium and sugar we should be aiming for? We are both in the dark here and haven't had any success so far on just calorie counting. Sad personally I cannot go without ANY carbs. I have no energy. He can do it, then when he loses the weight (fast usually) he goes back to his old habits. I think if I tell him he's allowed "x" amount of carbs, he may stick to it.
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Posted: 10 Oct 2011, 14:10
I also would like to know a max/min on carbs. I'm a calorie counter, but noticed I do eat alot of carbs. If anyone has any feedback, I'd surely appreciate it. Smile
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Posted: 10 Oct 2011, 18:46
LUPIE007, there's no one right answer for everyone.

However, for sodium, the US recommended max is 2500mg of sodium per day. In the UK it's much lower-- 1500mg. Those numbers will seem impossible if you eat lots of prepared food, and quite easy if you cook for yourself.

I generally aim for 1500mg of sodium. Some days I exceed it. Some days I wind up well under a thousand.

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Posted: 10 Oct 2011, 19:18
Queenwiggles wrote:
I also would like to know a max/min on carbs. I'm a calorie counter, but noticed I do eat alot of carbs. If anyone has any feedback, I'd surely appreciate it. Smile

One approach is to continue to count your calories (depending upon your height and activity level) and then choose 'smart' carbs; those that are low on the glycemic index. This means carbs that have a lesser impact on your blood sugar. The less the impact on your blood sugar, the less the cravings for more carbs (along with other healthy benefits). You can find a glycemic index online. Low calorie and smart carb.

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