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How many carbs can I have on a LOW carb diet.

How many carbs can I have with a low carb diet. I don't want to do a NO carb diet, but rather low carbs.

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:18 AM on Jun. 3, 2009 in Diet & Fitness

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  • based on a 1200-1550 daily caloric intake, I would eat b/n 163-236 of carbs..complex carbs b/c Your body needs carbs, to be converted to glucose for your main fuel source! Eat up! Stay away from simple carbs and processed foods.

    Answer by Dani32 at 8:31 AM on Jun. 3, 2009

  • When you go on a diet, or use a diet aid, you are just putting yourself on the gain/loss rollercoaster; frustrating for you, & hard on your body. In order to maintain a healthy weight, you need to have a healthy lifestyle; this has the added bonus of setting a great example for your kids.
    Start with regular exercise, as simple as walking, for at least 20 min a day at least 3 times a week. Next, drink your water! at least 8 8oz glasses a day. Now, eat your fruits & veggies! 7-8 servings a day, in at least three different colors. Eat your whole grains (loaded with fiber, protein, and lots of energy-giving nutrients), 6-7 servings a day. Cut way back on (or eliminate) meat & dairy. Add beans, lentils & tofu to your diet. You can get free meal plans and recipes from Dr. McDougall, or find his books at your local library: Feel free to ask me any questions. -Robin

    Answer by rkoloms at 11:55 AM on Jun. 3, 2009

  • I'm on a low carb diet & I eat between 30 to 45 carbs a day on average. As long as I've got fat to lose, my body will turn the fat into glucose energy. You need to be sure the carbs you eat are good, healthy carbs like fresh fruit, calcium sources like yogurt or milk or whole grain high fiber foods.

    My typical breakfast is an omelet loaded with veggies & topped with lowfat cheese. I have a midmorning snack of a protein source such as a hard boiled egg, string cheese, cottage cheese, & maybe some high fiber whole grain crackers or fresh fruit. Lunch is a huge chef salad with at least 2 oz. meat, tons of sliced veggies & 2 oz. of lowfat cheese. Afternoon snack is similar to the morning snack. Dinner is a source of lean protein (chicken breast, lean beef, or fish), at least 2 c. of steamed or roasted veggies, tossed salad, and whole grain roll or cooked dry beans or lentils (think stir fry). Evening snack like the others.

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 5:21 PM on Jun. 3, 2009

  • Eating low carb like I am is very intense and should not be followed for a long period of time. Most low carb diets are meant for short term, with the goal being to learn healthier eating habits. Most Americans eat too many carbs as it is!

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 5:31 PM on Jun. 3, 2009

  • On the diabetes diet, I was having 60 or less a day.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:28 PM on Jun. 3, 2009

  • Well the lowest is 20carbs. But, I would stay between 25-40 carbs per day. There is nothing wrong with low-carbs, All fat-loss doctors suggest it. When your body has no carbs or very little carbs to burn, your body will use it's stored fat as energy. And that is weight loss.

    Eat all your meals in natural form. NO pre-packaged meals, prepackaged veggies, etc. This can sabotage your weight loss. Also, watch the caffeine, Like 1-2 cups of coffee per day. This also can sabotage your weight loss.

    Good Luck, I have lost 21 lbs since April.

    Answer by BingsMommy at 2:45 AM on Jun. 4, 2009

  • OH, and 6-8 glasses of water and 1-hour of exercise 4-5 days a week.

    Answer by BingsMommy at 2:46 AM on Jun. 4, 2009

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