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8/20/10 10:34 A

I found that by just counting calories my diet naturally became fairly low in carbs...I get mine from fruits and veggies mostly, with the odd slice of bread, rice cake or gluten free pasta.

8/20/10 10:13 A

Hey there Pookie.
How can I check your food tracker to see how you are doing this? I typically do the lower carb thing, and have switched to calorie counting. Needless to say,it has given me carb bloat as I call it.

KYLIECW83 Posts: 22
8/20/10 8:14 A

1542 calories eaten today!! i didn't realize you needed to eat so much to remain healthy even though i'm trying to lose 40 pounds,seemed like a lot of food today

8/19/10 10:40 A

Pack in the protein for each meal. Protein makes you feel fuller for longer period of times...try lean chicken breast, tuna, oatmeal, string cheese, cottage cheese...etc.

TONKA14 Posts: 4,947
8/19/10 10:33 A


Spark provides you with the nutrient distribution to get you started. Follow those and see how your weight responds and then you can go there.

Coach Tanya

KYLIECW83 Posts: 22
8/19/10 2:02 A

i didnt think it would be so hard to eat that amount without eating junk food,hopefully by the end of the week i will have got to about 1500!

Edited by: KYLIECW83 at: 8/19/2010 (02:05)
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8/19/10 1:29 A

KYLIE, way to go on deciding to increase your calories to reach the minimum!! emoticon

KYLIECW83 Posts: 22
8/18/10 11:07 P

well i've been eating between 100 - 120 grams of carbs per day and today is the first day i think i will eat the recommended 1200 calories, i think once i have been doing this for a while i will get into the swing of things, thanks for all the feedback :)

ADIDAS4EVER Posts: 226
8/18/10 6:48 P

Hi coach Tanya.. my q is I am 210 how much carbs should I have and how much protein per day? I am new to this site ..Thank you

GPENSRAE Posts: 1,089
8/18/10 1:31 P

Not all low carb diets are a fad - I eat low carb because I have PCOS, so the max amount of carbs I eat per day is 100-140g...and that's a high! If I do eat carbs it's 100% whole grain...otherwise all carbs are in the form of fruits and veggies. It took some getting used to, but now it's second nature. I eat lots of salads, fajitas without the tortilla, tacos without the chips (I just make a salad), tuna or salmon salad without the bread...etc. etc. Basically whatever I want...just without the starch added to it. If I stray from this diet I gain weight very quickly and it makes losing weight even more difficult.

On another note...1200 calories a day is the minimum calories you should be consuming. And yes, if you consume less than this your weight loss will slow down tremendously. :)

Hope this helps!

8/18/10 1:15 P

Similar issue with me only because I'm gluten-intolerant. I don't have wicked symptoms, but my doctor and I have talked about avoiding gluten as best I can because it can get worse. That pretty much means no bread, crackers or other handy carbs. I still cheat, but getting the carb numbers up usually comes from milk and fruit. I'm still trying to balance it all out, but I do think you need some!

TONKA14 Posts: 4,947
8/18/10 12:45 P

Actually, the reason the older group talks about reducing carbs (bread, potatoes etc) has to do with trends in diabetes education and not dieting. Controlling their "starch" was the primary message of diabetes education when the focus was on four food groups. In the early 1990's the Food Pyramid hit the scene and exploded the Basic Four and made carbohydrates the focus and so was born the war against them.

Coach Tanya

MUM-BUM Posts: 644
8/18/10 11:59 A

Funny - any older person I have ever asked about weight loss has never included a low carb advice. It was always about portion control - just eat less...
In fact, the proliferation of diet books themselves is a relatively recent phenomenon

8/18/10 11:27 A

low-carb diets are actually the way everybody used to lose weight before the low-fat fad that's been going on for the last couple decades. ask any older person that hasn't been indoctrinated by low-fat how to lose some weight and they'll tell you to eat less bread (whole wheat and processed), potatoes, and sugar. low-carb! that's how tons of diet books went back in the old days.

low calories on low carb is so easy because carbs can stimulate the appetite. just make sure you keep your fats and protein up. you can make chicken curries over cauliflower that has been grated to have a texture like rice. a veggie omelet is good too, chock full of spinach and peppers and mushrooms.

TONKA14 Posts: 4,947
8/18/10 11:03 A

We would encourage a controlled carbohydrate approach compared to "low carb" which doesn't have a foundation for amount. That term is what sets people off many times because of arbitrary carbohydrates numbers that don't have any foundation in ratio to total caloric intake.

Let me give an example. In the hospital setting, doctors routinely order 1800 calorie diabetic diets for people that are admitted with diabetes. They pull that number out without knowing if the person is 100 pounds or 300 pounds. The ratio ratio of carbohydrates and need by the body are very different based on body size and type and there isn't a one size fits all approach.

If your Spark plan suggests 1200 calories and you are following a 100 gram carbohydrate diet - that is about 30% of your calories (which is a little lower than recommended level of 40%). That is very different than someone that has a calculated need for 2000 calories and only consumes 100 grams of carbohydrates which only provides 20%.

Carbohydrates are the body's ideal fuel for most functions. They supply the body with the energy needed for the muscles, brain and central nervous system. In fact, the human brain depends exclusively on carbohydrates for its energy.

We certainly agree that carbohydrates from fruits, vegetables, beans, dairy products, foods made from whole grain products are favorable over those that include sweeteners such as sugar, honey, molasses, and corn syrup.

We encourage everyone to use those nutrient rich carbohydrate sources to include enough carbohydrate that is no less than 40% of your total calories recommended to ensure your body has all the energy it needs to reach the goals you have set.

Coach Tanya

MISSARROW Posts: 186
8/18/10 7:57 A

Pookie, it's totally a fad, and a bourgeois one at that. What do you call a low-carb China, India, or Eastern Europe? Famine.

Sure, there have always been hunter-gatherer societies, but it's no accident that they occur near the equator in lush environments with low populations and a lot of edible wildlife.

Anyway, to the OP, there's no need to worry about carbs as long as you're within your ranges. I usually can't meet my daily minimum in carbs, though, probably because I rarely eat anything with added sugar. I eat one piece of fruit a day, a ton of veggies, only 1 slice of bread most days (a half-sandwich at lunch), and 1 cup of rice or pasta at dinner.

-POOKIE- Posts: 22,518
8/18/10 7:24 A

MissArrow.... low carb isnt a fad... unless you count a fad as being something thats been around as long as humans have been.

-POOKIE- Posts: 22,518
8/18/10 7:22 A

I eat under 100g carbs and over 100g protein a day.

I was eating at 1200 (just moving into maintainance now)

If you want to do this you need to have your carbs from fruit/veg/unprocessed grains... things like pasta/bread have way too many calories/carbs to fit in eating this low.

Its perfectly doable and I was perfectly happy at it.

Why not look over my food tracker for a few weeks back *laughs* ignoring the days I have eaten out recently!

MISSARROW Posts: 186
8/18/10 7:22 A

The low-carb thing is just a fad. Are you going over your recommended carb range for the day?

KYLIECW83 Posts: 22
8/18/10 7:18 A

I've been told so many things about carbs its hard to know whats right, I've been eating whole wheat instead of white so i think what i am doing is along the right track, if i don't eat 1200 calories a day is it true that your body stores fat because you aren't getting enough energy?

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8/17/10 11:40 P

Try for low processed carbs, not low carb in general. This means, instead of white, processed foods, aim for whole wheat and whole grains, which keep you full longer and don't spike your blood sugar.

CJAC24 Posts: 195
8/17/10 10:56 P

why are you eating low carbs? you should be getting half your calories from carbs. carbs arent bad for you.

KYLIECW83 Posts: 22
8/17/10 10:46 P

hey everyone,
I've only just started counting calories and carbs and all the rest of it, firstly i'm finding it quite hard to eat 1200 calories a day and finding it even harder to eat low carbs, if anyone has some helpful tips it would be greatly appreciated :)

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