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Posted: 25 Sep 2011, 17:09
I've been here for 2 weeks now and doing the counting thing. I am counting only calories, carbs, fat and protein, but now would like to know if there are "good carbs" and "bad carbs"??? Is cereal, yogurt and whole wheat bread really that bad??? Also, I've noticed a lot in juice I am drinking....any advice would be great! Smile

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Posted: 25 Sep 2011, 17:23
according to the new Atkins its all bad stuff yes, but everybodys different, i cant have those things but some people do, and are fine, some people can have more carbs and some need takes time to find the right diet for you, trust me im still not sure what i need half the time lol, but good luck and happy dieting Smile

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Posted: 25 Sep 2011, 18:31
this is a problematic question Smile
some people think that carbs with a lot of fiber or carbs with a lot of fat or carbs with a lot of nutrients are good for you while "empty" nutrion low carbs are not.
An example of a good carb would be a vegetable, a fruit or a whole grain
And example of a not so good carb would be sweets, cakes, white pasta, white flour, white rice

Cereal can be good - you just have to make sure it is whole grains and without too much sweetener added and other junks added. Things like real oats would be best
Yogurt without added sugar would be good
Whole wheat bread - maybe - 100% whole grain bread may be better.
juice - I think eating the fruit is better as you get the fiber with it.

I did am doing Atkins so when I started I cut out all carbs except some non starchy veggies but I have gradually added some more. Of course on Atkins one does eat fat so it is a whole different kind of diet
Chef H

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Posted: 26 Sep 2011, 02:04
Go for plain fat free greek yogurt and add your own flavorings, little bit of brown sugar, lemon juice, honey, fruit, berries, etc. that way you control the amount of sugar (a somewhat bad carb). Like liv said WHOLE grains and lots of fiber. Note: Whole grain is different from 100% wheat, you want the whole grains. Juices in general are bad because most have so much added sugar, but somewhat depends on the brand. Its best to go for water to drink, then eat the real fruit so you get all the nutrients and fiber from the fruit, lots of which can get lost in the processing or outweighed by excess sugar. Get used to looking at ingredient lists as well as , do some research on what you should look for. Top three listed are the predominant components (don't want sugar to be one of the main ingredients). Cereal is one of the products you really need to read the back of the box, not just claims on the front. In general, the shorter the ingredient list the better and you don't want to eat most of the weird things you can't pronounce. As always...lots of veggies and fruit as those good carbs!! Got to get in all those colors ... maybe the occasional gummy bears in my case

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Posted: 26 Sep 2011, 12:26
White flour = sugar.
Juice = sugar.
Most yogurt or low fat dairy products are loaded with sugar.

If your fallowing Atkins then YES, all of these foods are BAD.

The Difference between WANT and NEED is self control.
Its not about the food I cannot have, Its about the body I will not have if I eat that food.

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Posted: 26 Sep 2011, 13:56
Good Sources of Carbohydrate
■Vegetables (all kinds)
■Fruit (limit quantity if trying to lose fat)
■Oats and oatmeal
■Brown Rice
■Whole Grain Breads
■Whole Grain Pitas
■Whole Grain Cereals

Carbohydrates to Avoid or Limit
■White Pasta
■White Rice
■White Bread
■Instant Oatmeal
■Fruit Juices
■Sweets and Candies
■Processed Breakfast Cereals

The Simple Rule

If in doubt choose carbohydrate foods that are unprocessed or minimally processed.

*** THIS IS FROM the website -

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Posted: 26 Sep 2011, 17:54
Guess that all depends on how you define "bad". For some people, carbs (whatever the source) are not a problem in terms of weight loss (but that comes with a caveat, as they may be a problem for overall health and not even know it).

For others, who have hormonal issues, carbs high in fiber are the better choice, i.e. veggies. I'm of the opinion, that if you are following a limited calorie plan, you should choose healthy foods that are nutrient rich before foods that are processed and have zero nutritional value. Not because it will help you lose weight, but because it is better for your health over all.

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