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GDBEAR65 SparkPoints: (2,095)
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5/31/13 12:52 P

I would ditch the processed carbs from bread and dairy in favor of vegetable and fruit carb sources such as the aforementioned bananas, but also pumpkin and potatoes. And I would employ strategic eating such as not having any starch at dinner, when you know you're going to be sedentary for the evening. I enjoy having a fruit salad w/ 1/2 cup cottage cheese for breakfast 3 times per week. The sugars from the fruit energizes and the protein in the cottage cheese promotes satiety.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
5/31/13 12:09 P

Not sure what your goal is. BTW, bread is loaded with carbs.

If you just want to cut carbs to get in range, then you would have to cut back on carbs, and replace those calories with protein or fat obviously.

Or are you suggesting that you think carbs are a problem for you? If so, you should probably try to switch to healthier carbohydrates, and see if that works. Try berries instead of apples and bananas.Add more veggies to a meat dish, and cut rice/noodles. Put sandwich ingredients on some romaine, instead of between 2 slices of bread.

You may find that just switching the types of carbs you eat makes a huge difference. At the very least, it should drop you back into range.

LAURIEKEREN Posts: 94
5/31/13 11:59 A

I am not eating low carb, but I am eating conscious carb.

As long as I restrict my diet according to the quality of carbs (basically like justeatrealfood was saying in her previous post), I don't have to worry too much about restricting my overall carb count.

I haven't been counting calories, carbs or fat.

I avoid the Bad Carbs as much as I possibly can, and eat more of the Great Carbs and some of the Good Carbs.

I am losing weight slowly but steadily. If I ate less carbs, I know I would lose weight much faster, but I am much happier eating this way, and that goes a long way toward overall success.

Edited by: LAURIEKEREN at: 5/31/2013 (12:02)
JUSTEATREALFOOD Posts: 1,383
5/31/13 11:40 A

There are great, good, okay and bad carbs.

Great Carbs - Green leafy vegetables, broccoli, green beans, carrots, cauliflower, eggplant, peppers, avocados, parsnips, onions, garlic, squash, berries,

Good Carbs - Sweet potatoes, potatoes, dairy and other fruits. (Calories can add up fast so that's why they aren't great IMO.)

Okay Carbs - Whole grains (High in calories. Vegetables will always trump whole grains nutritionally.)

Bad Carbs - White breads, cakes, cookies, candy, sugars, chips


KYLAR_STERN SparkPoints: (22,233)
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5/31/13 8:49 A

Yeah, carbs were the hardest thing for me to get under control when I first started trying to lose weight. Gotta watch the portion control. 1/2 cup of rice is so small :(

But for breakfasts, I had success using 1/4 cup dry oats and throwing that in some greek yogurt with fruit, or with some eggs and into the microwave, or cotttage cheese or something. You can get the same full feeling of a big carby breakfast if you work more protein into it and use whole grains instead of the sugary fruit. Then that fruit can make great snacks through the rest of the day. My $.02

MATTHEW0498 SparkPoints: (31,871)
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5/31/13 8:17 A

Try to even out your AM with a protein shake or eggs (even hard boiled if you don't have time to make any). My morning protein shake helps me a lot!

RENATARUNS SparkPoints: (3,827)
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5/31/13 7:55 A

Carbohydrates are in just about everything a person can eat, save meat, eggs, and oils. They're a major nutrient and should be a major source of calories for most people. I find it hard to believe that a 1200+ calorie diet using a typical carbohydrates range could risk going over on carbohydrates after a 400ish calorie breakfast. Actually, it's impossible, since that would be only 33% or less of your calories for the day even if all were from carbohydrates, which they would not be (at the least, some protein in the milk and cereal, maybe some fat as well). Are you restricting carbohydrates more than is typical for some reason?


At any rate, probably the easiest way to reduce the amount of one major nutrient group in your diet is simply to increase the others -- just add more meat, eggs and oils, and reduce everything else.

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (76,390)
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5/31/13 7:25 A

My carbs are usually in the moderate-low carb range... around 40-45%. My breakfasts also tend to be my highest carb meal of the day. Which is probably a good thing because that's when I exercise and need the quick energy. This is also when I consume the most simple carbs (my fruit and yogurt).

I never eat a whole fruit. I just add a small portion to my oatmeal or yogurt. I don't remember the last time I consumed a whole banana. Usually a third is sufficient or about 30-40g. If I have two different fruits with breakfast it's usually no more than 60g (divided) and one fruit is usually a low carb and high fiber berry like strawberries, blackberries or blueberries.

If you find you're getting too much carbs from fruit in the morning, just reduce your portion size.

You can also try almond milk, much lower in carbs and cals than cow's milk.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 5/31/2013 (07:27)
SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 1,873
5/31/13 7:15 A

Simple carbohydrates that contain a small amount of simple sugar but do not promote weight gain are.... Apples, Oranges, Peaches, Plums, Pears, Kiwi, Lemon, Grapefruit, Cherries, Blueberries, strawberries ...actually all sorts of berries...focus on the good carbohydrates as carbs have the most influence over your blood sugar levels....even an apricot or two is a good idea as 1 apricot has just 17 calories and 4 carbs

An apple has about 14 carbs....a "small" banana has about 21 carbs and as each day a banana ripens it has more sugar.

NIRERIN Posts: 11,990
5/31/13 6:47 A

It would also be helpful to know your ranges. I eat around 300 grams of carbs a day, so half of that would be 150 g carbs, which is a lot of apples and milk. While you are at it, share your quantities as well, either via the tracker or "70 g apple, 1 cup non fat milk,etc."
In addition if you have any special needs sharing them will get you better advice. If your doctor told you to stick to 100 g carbs because of medical condition x you will have different advice than if you pulled 100 g carbs out of thin air.

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (135,779)
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5/31/13 5:36 A

My Breakfasts are ALWAYS carb heavy, but they ease off over the course of the day, so I end up meeting all my carb/fat/protein goals. When I have a lower carb breakfast, I tend to eat more during the day.

Remember, the carbs from fruit and veges are partly fibre so your body isn't going to absorb ALL the carbs.

You don't have a SparkPage so we can't peek at your Nutrition Tracker - if you were able to create one, and open the tracker, it would make it a lot easier for us to give you more useful feed-back.

Kris

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5/31/13 4:18 A

Hey all!

I have been working on staying within my daily carb margin. But it's been harder than I expected. Carbs seem to be in everything I eat! (Other than bread)

I find myself getting half of my daily need in Carbs in the morning by eating bananas, apples and drinking milk.

Just wanted to see if I should replace my morning habits by eating foods that are less rich in carbs?

Thanks :D


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