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5/30/17 8:41 A

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Found an interesting article about carbs, fats, and other nutrient categories.

"Dr. Key’s great nutritional crime was the inadvertent triumph of nutritionism. This is the practice where all foods are categorized by their macro or micro nutrient content. So, instead of discussing foods like beef and kale, we speak of protein and carbohydrates. We pretend, without proof that all carbohydrates are equal. That all proteins are equal. That all fats are equal. That all saturated fats are equal."

So, no. I don't avoid or embrace cards. I avoid food that's unhealthy, and embrace food that *is*. (Okay, that's the theory!)

https://intensivedietarymanagement.com/nutritionisms-great-blunder/

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MARYJOANNA Posts: 2,266
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I limit carbs.



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5/28/17 8:46 A

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THough some of my friends say they are trying to cut carhbs, I do embrace them in moderation, as recommended on Sparkpeople. I start most days with oatmeal, skim milk and frozen berries or cut up fresh apple. I'm no longer afraid of making a tuna sandwich with two slices of whole wheat bread for lunch or a slice of toast or half a bagel or low cal English muffin with a salad. I need to add quinoa, brown rice or other carbs for dinner. Potatoes or corn?



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5/27/17 9:59 P

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Embrace it all the way! If I am monitoring my portions and making good carb choices, there is no need to eliminate carbs.

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5/27/17 9:50 A

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I believe, we just need a balanced diet, not really avoiding it. Too much of it will harm our health so there must always been a limitation for any food we intake. Thus, I am a rice eater so i definitely would not want to restrict it in my meal just for the sake of healthy living. A need to control for carbs is just the manner every person must know that's why discipline is always the key in having a healthy and fit body.

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5/26/17 7:00 A

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I embrace them! I do not try to limit them, but I usually end up under my goal for them. It is all about balance.

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I am trying to eat a healthy balance of food in general; therefore, I am not avoiding carbs. I am trying to eat the RIGHT amount of complex carbs and not simple carbs.

White bread is my downfall. I LOVE bread. emoticon

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5/25/17 8:53 P

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I'm not a big cook so I tend to make sandwiches with Killer Dave's bread and whole wheat wraps. Occasionally I have whole wheat extra thin pretzels.

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I love my carbs, but alas, my husband is the meat eater so we are doing Paleo/Keto. It hurts, especially yesterday when someone dropped by with three bags full of cookies... Homemade Oatmeal, chocolate chip, and chocolate with peanut butter pieces.

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I not only embrace them, but am having a mad torrid love affair with them! Carbs forever!

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Keto not leto



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ZIPITUP: interesting that you experienced dizziness on the Leto diet. I've been more or less trying it & recently had some dizziness, hmmm



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Higher carb here. I eat a mostly whole foods, plant based diet and eat 800g+ of veg and fruit a day, plus several servings of beans and whole grains. Carbs make me feel full for longer.

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I'm trying to avoid carbs. But it's difficult.

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I have cut waaaaaay back on carbs.

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5/23/17 11:38 A

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I don't avoid them but try to eat less of them.



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I embrace them, but I don't go crazy either! I make sure I eat my balance at every meal of protein, carb and fat. You honestly need energy from somewhere...that is your carbs



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I have not completely sure limiting carbs too much are good for me and am trying to do research on the Keto Diet, but a nutritionist told me to eat complex carbs as they are necessary for good health, so who to believe.

Everyone has their theory on what to do, but I have tried low carb in the past and when I went back to eating I gained the weight I had lost back plus more besides, so I don't know if it was lack of will power that made me return to carbs or my body just craving them.

So I have still not weighed in on the importance, but most physicians and nutritionists believe complex carbs are important to your body, so I probably won't try Keto as I know how I felt when I cut out all carbs before surgery and it was not good.


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I try to eat more complex carbs & stay away from simple carbs.

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I am a definite carb lover.




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As a post bariatric person, my carbs are limited to 35-50 grams for weight loss and 50-100 for maintenance. I do not do bread, pasta,potatoes (except sweet potatoes occasionally, sugar or any other empty carbs.

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I have low blood sugar, but NOT pre diabetic. So I need grains and carbs to function.


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Mostly veges

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I try to avoid most carbs. I eat lots of vegetables, but try to stick to those lowest in carbs. I know fruit is good for me, but except for tomatoes, avocados and the fresh lemons I put in my tea, I don't eat any fruit. I also don't eat any bread, sugary foods, potatoes, pasta or rice at all. I've been following this regimen a little over two months and have lost almost 40 pounds (I also do aerobics 4-5 times a week). Went to the doctor 2 weeks ago and my blood work was outstanding. I know I won't keep the low carb thing going for the long haul, but right now it's working for me.


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I try to eat whole foods for the majority of my meals and avoid anything processed. Those whole foods do include fruits and vegetables that contain carbs. I end up on the low end of the Sparkpeople daily recommendations and feel fine.

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I am a Type l diabetic. Following a well-known Dr Richard Bernstein, a Type 1 diabetic himself for over 60 years,....I began a low carb diet 5 years ago. My blood pressure, blood sugar is in the normal range....the range of a non-diabetic. A profile of my arteries that measures plaque..... out of 100 points, was a 1. Extremely low for being 72 years old. Many in our society are against it....a diet higher in fat, and protein proportionally to standard diets. Calories are not high however, ...and in fact protein is really low per day,.....about 2 oz a day. I do find I was still eating too much cheese, ...nuts etc. which Bernstein DID not recommend. So I have cut that out. No potatoes, rice or bread. Otherwise similar to Atkins.

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I am trying to eat healthier carbs, and avoid empty nutrition. But I still eat carbs -- just trying to pick whole grains and veggies instead of white flours.

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Avoid them.. I find this works for my body.
I get most of my good carbs from my veggies and fruit.
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Avoid them.. I find this works for my body.



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I am definitely a carb person! That being said, I try to eat a variety of foods, and not ban anything. I found that if I eat more vegetables, I don't have the hunger that I got from trying to eat protein (i.e. meat) based meals. There are just too many yummy veggies that get banned in a low-carb diet! emoticon



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5/17/17 3:00 P

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Embrace them! As an athlete, carbs are crucial for performance. For those desiring weight loss, fat burns in the carbohydrate flame. I do know a few people that try to minimize carbs, but they are both really fat, and not losing at all. One can drop some pounds initially by minimizing carbs, mainly because the water stored with the muscle and liver glycogen stores gets flushed out as those stores shrink, but this is not FAT loss. It will come right back on as soon as one eats normally. I ate carbs as a 5'9" 112 lb ballet dancer, so no, obviously carbs do not make one fat. EATING TOO MUCH makes people fat, especially when accompanied by little or no exercise.

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I used to avoid them but my nutritionist has taught me to embrace them by always eating a protein with them....it's some scientific thing to do with digestion. Seems to be working as I'm losing slowly but consistently.

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"Doctor doesn't want me to eat carbs. I always thought if eaten in moderation, they would be fine. "

Really?
I am shocked that a doctor would rule out fruits and vegetable for the rest of your life!
Were you prescribed supplements?

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Eat as few carbs as possible. Try to stay under 30g. But I try to eat as much protein as possible, on the flip side.

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Woubbie- this is interesting to me.

this part "Burning fat for energy gives you masses of steady energy over the day instead of the boom and bust cycle of sugar burning."

I don't have any slumps over the day which includes runs- I just did a 6 mile one and am going to swim at noon for half an hour. I eat 3 times a day and no snacks.

We do need fats as in we need omega 3. In USA there are no diseases associated with protein deficiency although many with lack of fiber. We eat enough calories (most of us) that we don't lack protein-and actually excess protein is hard on the kidneys.

Anyhow I am responding to this in a rambling manner ...sorry...but just find differences interesting.
I tried keto for 3 weeks and it included dairy as well. A runny nose and feeling dizzy and some odd twinges in my gallbladder scared me off. I went on it as you said to become a fat burner. I ended up having some heart palpitations...but I was also doing the bulletproof coffee.-maybe it was that.

I am ok now - well actually great on a whole food plant based vegan diet.
so- the thing I find it fascinating to see the results for me were so different. I did add himalayan salt and I added some magnesium when eating keto but now I do not have to do either of those.

I tried keto because I am training for a half marathonn and possibly might go beyond to ultras. I had heard about being fat adapted and wanted to try it out.

I don't think people need goos or sugary snacks. I don't even drink water during my long runs...ok side track there but anyhow even now back to eating my beloved carbs- steel cut oats!! I am not slumping during a run or during the day

Heck- never mind I don't even drink coffee anymore!

After giving up dairy and eggs and meat and fish my recovery after running and biking and swim are fantastic!

I also am researching what we used to eat in paleo days and I am assuming that is what ancestral eating is? I think our ancestors ate what they could find and the body is amazing! It can adapt.

Yep- carbohydrates are not essential in that the body can adapt (although this girl likes her regular bms lol) but in a sense carbs are essential as they keep you out of ketosis. Ketosis is a wonderful thing the body can do but I find eating unrefined carbs- not too much and mostly veg and fruit gives me a steady flow of energy.

I don't find being in ketosis optimum.

AND- I have had to put a great deal of thought and research into this as my Dad's side has all kinds of vascular problems such as stroke and thrombosis and heart attack and hypertension and on my Mom's side diabetes and Alzheimer's- her Alzheimer's began a little before the age I am now. So nutrition is a huge concern for me.

Anyhow- again I find it so interesting to see folks eating with min. carbs and thriving.
I think we can all agree that getting sugar and processed foods out will bring health in. Some folks can moderate however I really think thriving comes from optimum fuel.

And I guess it (optimum fuel) can mean different foods for different people
Fascinating!

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Avoid.

When I stay under 50g per day I have no cravings and minimal hunger. My energy levels are rock steady all day because my blood sugar is rock steady.

I follow an ancestral way of eating - whole real food as much as possible - and there are not many carbs that aren't highly processed. Most of my daily carb content is from veggies; I do eat dairy so a good bit also comes from cheese and cream.

I think it's significant that there are essential needs for both protein and fat in the diet but none for carbohydrate. What little carb you need for brain function is made by the body.

There are deficiency diseases associated with both protein and fat, but not with carbohydrate.

Burning fat for energy gives you masses of steady energy over the day instead of the boom and bust cycle of sugar burning.

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Embrace! I follow the Spark meal plan and 50% of my calories a day are in the form of healthy carbs (fruits, veggies and whole grains.)




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Doctor doesn't want me to eat carbs. I always thought if eaten in moderation, they would be fine. emoticon

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I don't pay attention to my carbs. I eat high protein, and try to limit my sugar content to less than the protein content, but other than that it's all about portion control. I eat what I want in moderation because treats are good for the soul. It seems to be working - so far 80lbs down in 6 months.

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Sadly I still have to keep trigger foods out of my diet at least for now.

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I TOTALLY Embrace them !! As to date I've LOST 107lbs eating EVERYTHING I wish (I don't eat out often, but when I do I get what I want).

To me it's all about the portion control (not sure of how to eyeball them, put into search eyeball food sizes) and NOT going either OVER OR UNDER our calorie allowance.

LOVE my carbs !!! IF I DID not eat the carbs,,,, I GUARANTEE you I'd go back to them at some point.

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I'm only starting my journey, but I don't think I can go carb-free. I have switched to whole wheat foods, but am struggling with eating fruit.

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Fruits and vegetables and some whole grains. As an old time low carb believer it's hard for me to see the high percentage of carbs on my diet. I have to remember 75% or more are from vegetables and some fruit.

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I embrace a whole grain plant based diet…lots of complex carbs

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I try to eat complex carbs. When I eat simple carbs I get so tired everytime. Gives me a reason to eat the good stuff.

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Trying to limit my total carb intake but am not willing to go extremely low carb!! Trying to get more fiber and vegetable carbs!!



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I try to eat healthy, non processed carbs only. I try to stay away from wheat all together as it causes inflammation in me. I do eat fruit, veggies, and such that are "healthy" carbs.

If I stop trying, I will never succeed.


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Healthy carbs in moderation

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That sorta dependd;

On a couch potatoe month/s such as January/February I avoid, but that's me. TV and a football addiction needs to be noticed.

Otherwise, I embrace, the activity level justifies.

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Embrace them - I try to make wise choices (most of the time), and since I'm not a big fan of baked goods it makes it a little easier for me, but being pretty active (normally, less so right now due to recovery from a broken leg) carbs are pretty important and can't be skipped if you want your body to be able to perform well.

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Embrace them! Fresh fruits, veggies, and whole grains are a big part of my diet, along with healthy fats and lean proteins. I just make sure that my carb levels stay within reason, since I used to eat too much starchy food.

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I maintain...anything in moderation is fine. You need some carbs to be healthy!

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Avoid the fast carbs embrace the slow ones



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Carbs are my kryptonite. I used to live on pasta. It's fast, it's easy, it's cheap. What's not to love? Well, other than it helping me to eat myself into diabetes. Oh yeah. Pasta and rice don't raise my blood sugar all that much (probably thanks to the metformin), BUT I also don't lose weight when eat pastas (or rice), even when measured and tracked. Good bye! But now my answer is savor. Savor those carbs I crave. I eat them slowly. I enjoy them. I am not going to miss what I don't have. I will enjoy what I do.



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Yes- I just want to say I tried the keto as an experiment. I figured 3 weeks would give me an idea. And as I suspected I just never got the level of health that I had eating legumes and whole grains and vegetables and nuts and seeds. I wanted to live it- really see how it feels.
And resistant starch is so important. Fiber and not protein is really much more of a concern in the diet as far as getting enough in.

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emoticon But I also don't eat animal foods. I just don't care for them. There are lots of other ways to get my protein. My doctor says my blood work is perfect so it works for me at least.

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Actually, your brain needs many things, but carbs are definitely one of them. Glucose (a simple sugar) is the only energy source the brain uses, and it needs a constant supply of it from the blood. Glucose is the end product of all carbohydrate metabolism. Fats cannot be converted directly into glucose, but some parts of protein can. However, by reducing refined carbohydrates, such as white flour and refined sugar, we reduce the chance that our blood sugar will spike too much after a meal, which can lead to insulin resistance over time (Type II diabetes).

I am a fan of healthy complex carbohydrates like those found in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. We also need fiber for proper maintenance of our intestines. Keto diets, where carbs are significantly reduced, are controversial as far as long-term effects are concerned.

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Fruits- vegetables- legumes-wild rice-purple potatoes- sweet potatoes-quinoa-brown rice-whole wheat-BEETS!!!-just love those! Nuts and seeds- tofu and tempeh....so I think all my foods except for avocado and olives have carbs in them....actually I think they do too... You eat the good carbs and not restrict and I find no bingeing on the bad- white flour/sweets.
I'm healthy and happy in my mid 50's and getting to my goal of a BMI of 20. I tried keto for 3 weeks I lost but felt sick- kind of like losing weight because I was sick. Missed my fruits and veggies (BIG salads) and beans!

Edited by: ZIPITUP at: 5/9/2017 (08:06)
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I wish I could bring myself to avoid them. They're just so good!

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I avoid carbs, for the most part. Our bodies were never meant to run on high-carbohydrate diets. Carbs are not "brain food." Your brain needs fats to run correctly, not carbs. Same with most of the rest of your body.

If you're suffering from a lot of aches and pains as well as metabolic issues, take a look at what you're eating. If your diet isn't primarily meats and vegetables, you're probably doing yourself a disservice by eating too many carbohydrates.

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neither: look for quality carbs w/ dense nutritional value
avoiding sugar & flour-type items

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I embrace them. I can never say never to any food, nor would I want to. I've lost over 100 lbs and never in that time have I counted carbs or done any extreme limiting of them. Carbs are brain food, the brain doesn't feed on protein. It needs carbs. I say, feed your brain. :)

I'm actually more concerned with getting a healthy amount of protein in than I am about avoiding carbs.

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embrace, choosing fruit

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I've cut back on simple carbs but I love fruits and vegetables.

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enjoy whole wheat

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There are very few foods that are 100% good or 100% bad. Fizzy drinks come to mind as all bad, but carbohydrates are definitely neither all good or all bad.

Your body needs carbohydrates to fuel the brain, among other things, so eliminating them entirely is dangerous.

The healthful approach is to eat complex carbohydrates (the simple ones break down too quickly and can cause insulin problems including putting on fat) throughout the day. The SP nutrition tracker is very good for learning how many carbs you are eating and in what proportion throughout the day.

For many of us, including me, putting a food 'off limits' just makes me crave the food more. It is better to incorporate the foods you love in reasonable portions into your nutrition.





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I try and avoid them as much as possible. In other words I do lots of chicken & fish. Lol

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I try to keep my food nutritious, that way I know the carbs that accompany are part of the package! Make sure your food choices have good nutrient value!

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Good carbs are important and are healthy. Portion you carbs and choose wisely,
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I tend to get under 10 g of carbs a day, Obviously that is limiting them, but we can't really avoid them completely.

Whatever you carb level, I would simply say to eat the best carbs you can.. mostly veggies, and an occasional fruit.. and avoid things like starches, and sweets. Quality of carbs, matters as much as quantity.

If you ate a lb. of meat cooked in butter, with an 8 oz. Coke ( for carbs ), 3X a day, it would hardly be considered healthy, by any measure. Just 78 g carbs though.. or you could have a cup of broccoli with each meal, and have 18 g carbs, 6 of them fiber.




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I am avoiding them ... a little. I have been averaging 80 - 100 carbs a day, a friend is doing the Keto diet, I told her that would kill me, she is doing 30 to 40. So as they say, all things in moderation and after 3 weeks I feel better, more energy.

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If my goal is to lean out I limit my carbs quite a bit. If I am bulking I increase my carbs because you need them to build muscle. When I eat carbs, I eat clean. I do eat one cheat meal per week with dirty carbs my favorites are a doughnut, cookie, or french fries.

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I also try to keep low carb I see my glucose levels are better but I need to work on the fiber part of my diet. I tend to think I eat more veggies and fruits than I do!

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Avoid.

Health issues had my doc recommend a low carb diet. I chose Atkins and it's been perfect for me. I love my new way of eating. (I only eat real food, NONE of the advertised packaged stuff they push.)

Now, my health has improved a lot. Doc is proud and said keep doing what I'm doing. :)

I have actually developed somewhat of an aversion to carb heavy foods, especially those with sugar and starches. I remember all too well how they wreaked havoc on my health and the way I felt for so many years.

The carbs I have now mainly come from veggies, berries and almonds.

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