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Victoria...

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Posted: 27 Jan 2012, 20:04
WOW! Today is the first day that I have sat down and calculated all the things I ate. I can not believe how fast the carbs add up. I knew I was way over, but I didn't think it would be that much. I think I need to insist to myself that I have to do this everyday. I think this will give me more of an incentive to keep the carbs down.
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Marlboro Man

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Posted: 27 Jan 2012, 20:10
why keep carbs down? calories are calories in terms of weight loss
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.”
—Aristotle
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clrd729

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Posted: 27 Jan 2012, 20:17
I am coming to the realization that carbs are a major problem for me also. We crave what we eat. I crave those carbs & salty treats. This is going to be a tough habit to break. Food journaling is a great place to start!

"That which is permissible is not always beneficial." Lysa Turkeurst, Made to Crave
AdamJosephC

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Posted: 27 Jan 2012, 20:40
Not quite Marlboro man. Carbs are absorbed very quickly and unused ones are just turned to sugar, while protein works to repair other parts of your body, like muscle tissue. Also, protein definitely satiates you much more, so you'll get more bang for you buck in terms of calories. A piece of bread weighing in at 200 calories (which isn't tough, basically two slices of bread) will fill you up much less than say, a piece of grilled chicken that has 200 calories, which is a pretty decent piece of chicken. Overall, it might be the same for weight loss purposes, but keeping your hunger down is very important to keep your calories in check, and eating protein as opposed to carbs will definitely help with that.

But yeah, Victoria, it is tough to keep carbs down. I'm only just getting used to it, haha. If you have a meal that uses bread, like a sandwich, try to find an alternative. Like a piece of chicken and some vegetable rather than a turkey sandwich. There are also some good bread products out there that are low in carbs- I just picked up some mini pita pockets that only have about 15 carbs in each, with 2g grams of fiber.

Also, you should enable net carbs on your profile options so those come up as well, along with fat, carbs, and protein. What net carbs are, in a nutshell, is the amount of carbs in something minus the amount of fiber. In nutritional facts, the fiber is added into the total carbs, and since fiber is basically just passed through the body and not completely absorbed like a typical carb, it doesn't really turn into sugar.
fredmugs

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Posted: 28 Jan 2012, 09:59
Marlboro Man wrote:
why keep carbs down? calories are calories in terms of weight loss


DO NOT LISTEN TO THAT GUY. ^
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Marlboro Man

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Posted: 29 Jan 2012, 18:48
haha. you people crack me up.
next your gonna tell me meal timing and frequency matters, right?
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—Aristotle
"It's not a diet, it's not exercise, it's a lifestyle."
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AdamJosephC

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Posted: 29 Jan 2012, 21:14
you're not being very helpful. which is a pretty poor showing on your part, considering this website is essentially all about being helpful and seeking help. i hope your 295 other posts are a bit more constructive
mikefarinha

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Posted: 03 Feb 2012, 13:23
Don't worry about Marlboro Man. He assumes that what is working for him currently (I assume it's working for him as he hides his info) works for everyone. It took me probably 10 years for me to accept that the calorie-in-calorie-out paradigm wasn't all that its cracked up to be. Aka treating the symptom instead of the cause.

Amazing but true, nutritional beliefs are often quite dogmatic. Move along.

And yes, carbs are quite sneaky!

-Mike
"Eat as if your life depends on it!"
Wazzy

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Posted: 03 Feb 2012, 13:27
Marlboro Man wrote:
why keep carbs down? calories are calories in terms of weight loss


I used to think this, but didn't believe it to be true. Then I watched a couple of videos on YouTube by Dr. Mary Vernon and now KNOW that this is not true at all. It all has to do with how our bodies use and burn fuel and it's not the same as how they measure a calorie at all. Carbs really are toxic to most people and insulin is the fat storing hormone which is pumped out when a lot of carbs are consummed. Definitely want to not be storing fat, but burning it. Only way to do this is to get and stay in ketosis (fat burning). This means you want to keep your Total Carbs below 50 and obviously your Net Carbs will fall below that.
Good luck and don't be afraid to eat some fat.



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