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#1 michelle

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 07:11 AM

On average, what is the TOP number for carbs you should eat in a day, in order to keep losing weight.

I do know that the less carbs, the better, but how much is too much?
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Posted 02 February 2010 - 08:02 AM

On average, what is the TOP number for carbs you should eat in a day, in order to keep losing weight.

I do know that the less carbs, the better, but how much is too much?


I don't know that there is anything set in stone about carbs and it depends on your calorific intake for the day as well.

And it also depends on where those carbs are coming from too.

I don't eat any starchy carbs - no bread, pasta or cereal type stuff. But that's just my choice. They bloat me out and send me into a severe coma.

My carb intake is very high because I eat a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables and have things like beans and legumes etc. a couple of times a day.

This is a good calculator for planning your intake of carbs, protein and fats: Carb, Protein, Fat Calorie Calculator

It's helpful in that it'll break down your intake by meal.

I do a slightly modified version of the "low fat" keeping my fats around 18-19%, protein around 25% (around 100g) and the rest comes from carbs (but only approx. 25-30g of that comes from beans etc., the rest is from fruit and veg).

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 08:34 AM

personally, other than calories and protein, I don't really "count" anything. I try to make sure that my meals all have a 10:1 calories : protein ratio and that's about it (it naturally leads to low fat because per gram, fats contain significantly more calories than proteins)

I eat low-carb whole wheat bread just because it has fewer calories/slice than other breads (60 calories per slice vs 110+). white bread and pastas make my pouch feel like crap.
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Posted 02 February 2010 - 11:06 AM

I normally dont eat strachy carbs.
I am allowed to have 1/2 cup of cereal 2 times per week, but usually i do't have it.

BUT i do eat a lot of beans and vegetables and fruits/ fruit juices (light versions)

Thanks all for your responses!
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Posted 02 February 2010 - 11:28 AM

I was told not to count carbs, that there was no need to. I was just told to limit the starchy stuff like bread, rice, and pasta. Not that I can never have that, just not to eat it a lot. I was told not to worry about carbs in stuff like milk, beans, and veggies. We actually need some carbs in our diet. There is a difference between complex carbs (like beans) and starchy carbs (bread). Anyway, that's what I do and it has worked well for me.

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 02:44 PM

I agree with Kelly I was told the same thing but I do have weight smart oatmeal in the morning and I get the rest from fruits ( I eat alot of fruit because I am hypoglycemic) and need the sugar from them. I do have some wheat bread no white rice, cereal, bread or pasta....
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