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1/29/13 3:19 A

I carb count but I'm diabetic on insulin so I sort of have to do so when it comes to knowing how many units of insulin I need to take with a meal - I do keep track of the calories in general, but its uncommon that I hit 1200 for various reasons (nun of them do to lack of trying to do so).

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1/29/13 1:46 A

I agree with the other posters...I usually go over my carb % recommendation, although I stay within my carb gram amount Sparkpeople gave me based on my calorie range. (So somewhere from 200-275 g carbs a day, and around 55-60% of my caloric intake from carbs). I've found success losing weight and still eating plenty of carbs, so I really don't find a need, personally, to go low-carb.

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1/28/13 11:43 P

Yes it's calories. Counting carbs is just a way to eat less total calories overall.

Google up "low carb" and find out if that lifestyle appeals to you. Some have success on it, but it's purely because it's lower calorie as well, nothing at all special about being particularly lower in carbs.

BTW, I see you posted this four times. Never use your 'back' button while on the message boards - it double-posts. It's a good idea to go visit those other three threads now and edit your post to say "sorry, double post" so that you don't get loads of replies in four different threads to keep track of. :)

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1/28/13 11:22 P

As far as I know, calories in versus calories out are more important. All carbs are not created equally. You don't need to cut carbs to lose weight.

Here's a great article that explains the truth about carbs:

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 1/29/2013 (09:56)

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1/28/13 11:17 P

Yesterday someone told me I should count carbs instead of calories to help improve weight loss. I am finding mixed information on the internet. Can anyone tell me more information about which is better and if it is carbs, what is the average amount per day to not exceed?

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