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DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (58,939)
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2/14/13 2:01 P

Carbs do not make you gain weight.

Sparkpeople bases its recommendations on USDA guidelines, and isn't a diet at all! It's DEFINITELY not a low-carb diet. It's about balanced living for life. YOu don't need to eat low carb to lose weight, in spite of what the low-carb book writers will try to tell you.

The Truth About Carbohydrates
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
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As for breastfeeding, you do need more calories; it's about 500 more calories per day. I'm not sure who "they" are in this case, but you can most assuredly eat more than 150g carbs per day and lose weight. :)

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 2/14/2013 (14:02)
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2/14/13 12:19 P

That answers my question, thanks!

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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2/14/13 12:07 P

Oh, yes you should be fine. The ranges for the macronutrients (carbs, protein, etc) are just so you get a well rounded diet. The main # to worry about for weight loss is calories.

Edited by: YOJULEZ at: 2/14/2013 (12:08)
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2/14/13 11:57 A

Sorry, need to clarify - I dont want to eat low carb, I just want to make sure that I'll still be able to lose weight with the amount of carbs in my tracker ( 130-250)

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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2/14/13 11:48 A

I wouldn't consider the guidelines here to be "low carb" I eat at the very low end of my range, usually 175-200 a day, even though my range allows for up to 293.

Is there a reason you want to eat low carb? I'm no breastfeeding expert but I do know you need to eat good nutrients and more calories than normal, since breastfeeding burns a lot of calories.

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2/14/13 11:19 A

I've been researching how many carbs to eat when breastfeeding,and trying to lose weight, and I came across a site that recommended 150 max carbs a day. (As a high end, they recommended really under a 100) Now I'm really nervous because my tracker says 130-250! If my carbs are close to 200 is that way over? (Please do not recommend babyfit. Too hard to use their tracker when all my foods are on SP)

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