I agree that you can lose weight by counting calories and not carbs, but since you have been eating low carb for a while I would caution you against going all out on the carbs. Grains tend to cause you to retain water, so you may see an immediate spike in your weight (that can be lost again, it is just water). Also high carb foods tend to make you crave other high carb foods, and they also tend to be high calorie.
I watch my calories, but I have foudn that in losing the last 5-10 pounds I also have to watch my carbs.
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I focus on Calories. I worry more about my fat intake and protien more than carbs. If you burn more than you take in then it really won't matter. I rather have the energy to go all out than to struggle through a workout.
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If you only track one thing, that one thing should be calories. If you are within your calorie range but over on carbs, you can still lose weight.
That being said, getting the right balance of carbs/protein/fats is best . . . aim for about 50% of your calories from healthy carbs but don't stress if you are a little higher or lower.
You need carbohydrates to burn the fats but also fiber from carbs to keep you full and get rid of toxins... protein is important and you need fat for your brain... if you count carbs proteins and fats there is a lot of leeway and you are not off in left field doing some crazy diet that doesn't nourish your body needs.
I don't know if the right amount of calories coming from the wrong healthy foods will hurt your weight loss, but in the long run it will hurt your body. We're designed to function on a certain amount of protein, and fat, and carbs. Keeping things in the right proportion is important. I'm so glad that the proportion is a range and not a single number!
Aim for balance, definitely. But don't sweat the occasional imbalance.
What I am still trying to understand, is if I stay within my caloric intake for the day but go over the carbohydrate intake will this hurt my diet. Can I count only calories and not worry about pro/car/fat etc? I rather be balanced which is why I did yesterday but I am just curious.
I've been tracking daily for a month and I almost always go over my recommended daily carbohydrates. One thing great about recording on Spark, like Caroknits said, is that it breaks it all down for you and gives you charts and graphs and all that good stuff. You can go over your daily intake and see where you're overeating carbs and try to balance it out.
I'm getting better and better about balancing the top three - protien/carb/fat - while staying under my recommended calories.
I think the best part is that it does all the math for me :P hehehe so when I get to the end of the day and I'm about to decide what I want to make for dinner, I can gauge what's a good idea by looking at the amount left in each category and try to make sure all my goals get met. ;)
ETA: I have no idea why I associated "low carb diet" with eating too many carbs... haha sorry about that ;)
Thanks for the feedback! I need to update my profile since I have lost some weight since last time on my previous diet. I am tired of eating so much protein and not enough carbs. That is why I am giving spark a try once again. My main problem with Spark is that I have to track food so closely and add favorite foods and caloric intake which is time consuming. But I need to lose 20 more pounds so here I go!! Thanks for the support.
My calorie intake is around the 1300 mark (1340-1690, to be precise). The nutrition tracker gives me a range of 179-258 carbs, 35-62g fat, and 60-139g protein. I'd say 160 grams of carbs is right in the ballpark!
The nutrition tracker can be found in the Tools section, under 'my nutrition'. If you've entered your weight, desired weight, and goal date, I think it will give you a calorie range to aim for. At the bottom of the nutrition tracker, it also gives the ranges for the stuff I mentioned above.
Until recently I was on a special Low Carb diet keeping me at 30 points a day and all protein counting as ZERO Points. Can anyone tell me if I count CALORIES only on Spark and not worry about the carbohydrates, will this diet work for me? EX: Yesterday I consumed 1300 calories but had 160 grams of carbohydrates. I would appreciate any feedback!!