Should I count the carbs in fruits & vegetables in my diet? (20 carbs a day max)

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Posted: 07 Nov 2008, 12:00
I'm following the Atkins diet.
Until Christmas, I can only have up to 20 carb a day but I usually tend to go overboard with the mushrooms, tomato (...) especially with grapes.

Fruits have more carbs than vegetables but in the end they all have carbs. Are these carbs okay? Should I be counting them in my diet?

(Perhaps I should mention that I'm not overweight and only need to loose about a dozen pounds to reach my goal.)

It would be an overwhelming relief if someone were to say I can have as many fruits & vegetables as I want but unfortunately I'm really looking for the truth.

Please & Thank you .

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Posted: 24 Nov 2008, 12:48
The carbs in fruit and vegetables are good carbs, but if you are doing Atkins you should be counting the NET carbs. If you don't know what this means, message me and I will explain it to you.

It seems like you need to read the ATkins book and really understand this diet. There is a lot of misinformation about ATkins floating around and I wouldn't want you to make it difficult on yourself by following what you think this diet is isntead of the actual diet.

The very restrictive part of Atkins is only the first two weeks, or the Induction phase. The purpose of cutting down to 20g net carbs per day is to get rid of sugar cravings. After the first two weeks you gradually increase the net carbs by 5g daily net carbs every week. You do this until your weight loss starts to slow or stall. Potentially you could eat up to 60-80 net carbs a day and still lose weight as long as you are in control of carb cravings.

Since you dont' have a lot to lose you don't really need to stay at 20g net carbs per day for that long. So potentially after 3-4 weeks you can introduce lower net-carbohydrate fruit (also known as low-GI fruit) such as berries and melons. Later on you add more variety.

Please read the Atkins book so you understand all of the phases. The maintenance phase allows whole grains and fruit as well. It is a very well-rounded diet. The most important thing is to eliminate starchy and sugary foods.

When you do eat fruit, make sure to eat it with some protein so it doesn't spike your blood sugar.

My advice is to read the book and gain a good understanding of the diet. You will find all your answers in the book.

Love the food that loves you back.

Take it one day at a time!

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