I totally agree! It is trial and error because everyone is different. Some people may be able to eat more carbs than others. Check out the sticky notes and read the articles and you can decide which one you may want to start with. See how that goes (at least 4 weeks) and decide if your body needs less or more carbs. Unfortunately there isn't a black and white answer.
As far as I have discovered so far it seems to be trial and error. I guess in one sense I am lucky as I cannot eat actual grain type starch, rice or potatoes at all. Im not quite sure how you guys work it, but it was suggestd to me that I keep my carbs on low carb days below my losing carb intake and on the high carb days to put it up to just above maintnenace.
I have tried this and it was quite good, but curently I am really motivated to lose so I am doing low cal cycling on the same principle. Over all in a week I guess the cals or carbs are about the same as they would have been if Id stuck to the same every day, but it seems the mixing them up and down is what gets the metabolism on its toes. :o) Im all for that.
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Funny, but true! On the group page are some links to two really good articles on carb cycling. They will help.
For me, on low carb days, I keep my carbs to about 145 gms or less for that day (with minimal white carbs and only before 3pm). Those 145 gms should be in 3 of my 6 meals, so roughly 48 per meal - which would be small fruit, cup of green veggies, and then something like rice, sweet potatoe, etc.
My high carb day is closer to 175, 4 of 6 meals with carbs - same as above, but one of those has bread or whole wheat pasta or grain.
No carb is less than 40 gms for the entire day.
Hope that helps.
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This diet has me so confused. On low carb days I still have to eat carbs, but how low is low and what can I eat. The list says potatoes. But is that for this day or that day?
I just ate yogurt, am I supposed too on a low carb day, like today?
How many carbs are low and what is high?
Anyway, you can tell I'm new here. Previous I've been following a diabetic diet plan. I don't have diabetes buy my dad did and it seemed sensible. I was doing good, lost around 70 pounds but then I hit the dreaded plateau and even gained back a couple of pounds. I thought this sounded like it would get me over that hump, but for some reason I'm not getting it. I looked at one of the posts here with foods to eat all the time and other things but it just doesn't make sense. I get low carbs, I get low protein, but I'm just not melding them together in my mind.
If anyone can dumb this down for me so I can understand it, I'd much appreciate it.
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