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HSCROGGINS1 SparkPoints: (1,220)
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6/14/13 12:33 P

Also, going to buy that popcorn popper. Popcorn is my young daughters favorite snack. I don't want her eating processed stuff. Great advice as well.

HSCROGGINS1 SparkPoints: (1,220)
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6/14/13 12:31 P

Fabulous advice and I promise I am working on it. I am trying to not overwhelm myself so much that I just give up. I have quit sugary sodas which is a huge deal for me. I am trying to cook more real meals for myself and my daughter rather than eating out. I am trying to eat fruit or almonds or even string cheese rather than baked lays. Baby steps but I am getting there hopefully. As a teacher, I appreciate your well-researched information. Makes much more sense to me now.

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,515
6/11/13 12:13 P

Carbs leave me hungrier faster I find that 50% carb 30 protein and 20% fats works best for me.

NEWMEXICOPARROT Posts: 200
6/11/13 11:30 A

I agree with the carbs causing bloating etc. The complex carbs are essential for energy but just like anything too much of a good thing is bad. I just keep remembering....balance....balance...balanc
e.

FROGMAN2013 SparkPoints: (1,747)
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6/11/13 11:18 A

They are certainly not all equal. For me, I find that eating carb-heavy foods make me hungry and really push me to eat even more, while eating fat and protein satisfy me. Plus, from a biochemistry point of view, those carbs increase blood insulin levels that encourage your fat cells to take up the sugar and convert it to stored fat, while protein and fat do not get taken up nearly as easily due to their neutral effect on insulin....so your body tries to burn them other ways.

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,605)
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6/11/13 11:16 A

In a word, yes. But like others have said, not really. I won't get into the science of it as that has been well covered, but will just give you my personal experience. If I have a day where I've eaten a lot of carbs vs protein, I'm hungry all day long. Carbs, especially the simple variety like you find in processed foods like cereal, just don't fill me up. Complex carbs (like fruit) do a bit better job, but in the end, I personally need protein and fat to feel full. And, because of that, eating a carb heavy diet wasn't the way to lose weight for me, because I was having to eat more to get the same level of satisfaction than if I ate more protein. And, as we know... eating more = more calories = less weight loss. Just an example, but yesterday my split was 26% protein, 32% fat, and about 42% carbs. So not really "low carb" by any means... heck that included rice at lunch and a flour tortilla with dinner and as a snack, but just lower than the usual recommendations.

Edited by: YOJULEZ at: 6/11/2013 (11:18)
SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 1,834
6/11/13 10:45 A

I personally believe not all calories are created equal....

I stick with complex carbs such as oats, lentils, brown rice or wild rice, brown pasta, black beans, garbanzo beans, and I stay within the portion size. I also check the sodium and sugar content of the foods I am eating.
I have 3 ounces of protein at every meal and when I slowed down losing weight I skipped all breads and pasta for a few days....(Gets me off a plateau every time)

I ate veggie soup....and berries which have the least impact on blood sugar. Veggies can also hydrate you, so when I do eat brown rice pasta I add green beans or broccoli to blunt the sugar. I also eat Rye bread or Pumpernickel as both digest slowly and wont spike your body's insulin.

I also believe eating carbs limits your capacity of using fat...so I eat veggies like broccoli, spinach, artichoke, lima beans, peas, cabbage, Cucumbers and carrots which are excellent sources of minerals while being low on calories.

Whole foods are better than refined or processed foods so maybe skip the popcorn 100 packet and air pop your own, popcorn has many vitamins and minerals and 1 cup of air popped is only 33 calories...I add a little cinnamon or sometimes Parm or Romano cheese on top and am aware the cheese has sodium in it. I bought my Presto air popper at Walmart for $19.99 and it's the best investment I ever made...now I have the nutrients and no preservatives or junk in my popcorn. Real popcorn tastes soooo good!

I also learned to eat only low carb fruits which are pears, peaches, plums, cherries, apples, kiwi, all kinds of berries as berries have the least impact on blood sugar.

TONKA14 Posts: 4,947
6/11/13 9:53 A

A calorie is a calorie but a nutrient isn't a nutrient. Carbohydrates provide energy and spares protein is it can be used for building and repair of tissues while fats carry essential fatty acids necessary for metabolism and serves as reserve energy. www.sparkpeople.com/resource/reference_int
ro.asp


You can eat 1300 calories of all one type of nutrient (carbs, fat or protein) but how the body will respond with alternative metabolic pathways will be different. How you will feel and the weight you will lose will be different as well. One pathway will result in weight loss from large amounts of muscle breakdown (including organs like the heart) while another will cause brain confusion and lethargy.

So, eating nutrient rich foods in the right combination in the right amount is the key to healthy weight loss and long term success. This article will explain more.

Healthy Carb, Fat and Protein Ranges
The Numbers You Need to Know
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=372


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JBOB78 SparkPoints: (2,977)
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6/11/13 9:53 A

I think it matters....if I eat lots of "sugar" calories in a day, but still stay within my points I feel much more bloated and sluggish than if I eat protein and fruits and vege's. Plus I am much more likely to have a better workout if I choose good calories:)

JUSTEATREALFOOD Posts: 1,288
6/11/13 9:46 A

No a calorie is not a calorie and here's one reason why.

When you eat 300 calories worth of protein the body uses 200 of those calories to convert it into usable energy, leaving only 100 calories to be burned or stored as fat.

When you eat 300 calories from fat and carbohydrate on the other hand the body uses only 100 calories to convert it into usable energy, leaving 200 calories to be burned or stored as fat.

I also believe that eating the majority of my calories of real food, single ingredient food, is much more important than the total number of calories consumed. Somehow eating this way my body is able to maintain my weight without tracking at all.

The heart knows when to beat, we don't have to remember to breathe. Our bodies know how to do this. Throughout human history people have never put so much focus on calories like they have for the past 30-40 years and the obesity epidemic is just getting worse not better.

People need to focus on eating real whole foods instead. Eating 100 calorie snack packs that contain minimal nutrients isn't doing anyone any favors.

CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (75,834)
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6/11/13 9:38 A

Sort of yeah. If you want to lose weight, you can lose it eating 1300 calories of processed carbs.

But if you want to stay healthy while losing weight, you need to pay attention to fat and protein as well as carbs.

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
6/11/13 8:36 A

lots of reasons

firstly, weight loss isn't linear or consistent
secondly, you could very well be correct in that you're making poorer choices than you were first month

ALIUHOH86 SparkPoints: (172)
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6/10/13 10:20 P

Generally speaking, your body uses more energy to process protein than it does carbs, and more energy to process carbs than fats. Also, take a look at your fiber intake. Are the foods you're eating now higher, lower or the same in fiber as the foods you ate last month? Fiber reduces the amount of calories being absorbed, so if you're eating less fiber, you're absorbing more calories.

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6/10/13 9:51 P

So last month I cut back MAJORLY and dropped 17 pounds. This month, much slower. Beginning to wonder if it is the kind of foods I am eating. I am eating a lot of carb laden things (100 calorie popcorn, special k, fruit) and not so much protein. (maybe about 20 percent of my daily intake is protein. So, is a calorie a calorie? Meaning, can I lose as fast eating 1,300 calories a day of carb based things? Does it matter if its carb or protein as long as you hit your goal?

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