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1/21/16 9:31 A

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Leafy vegetables and non-starchy vegetables are the way to go. Substitute turnips and/or cauliflower for potatoes if you love potatoes. Use zucchini noodles for pasta and generally just eat lots of veggies, roasted, steamed or grilled. A tbsp. of Dijon, a tsp. of Sriracha, and a tbsp. of balsamic vinegar mixed together makes a nice spark of flavor on just about any vegetable. I think I would use onion powder instead of onions to keep the carbs down.

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1/21/16 8:26 A

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Thank you all for responding. The reason I picked 100 grams of carbs a goal is because I want to lose a few pounds I gained over the holidays. They are stuck on my midsection and thighs and are darned hard to shed!

I played around with the IIFYM Macro calculator. It seems to keep protein and fat pretty much level for fat loss and maintenance. The difference between fat loss and maintenance comes in carbs. The calculator suggested around 100 grams of carbs (around 116 protein, 60 fat, total 1420 calories) ((assuming sedentary life style)) for fat loss. If I am not careful, I pretty much reach 100 grams of carbs by the time I finish breakfast and lunch. So, I'm looking for ways to lower my carb intake. I don't want to be Atkins low, but just lower than I have been doing.

I reduced my grain intake. I no longer eat rice, only quinoa, farro or barley. I grew up in a bread and potatoes (vegetarian) culture so my vegetarian plate looks so empty without grains, potatoes or legumes. Hence my post about ideas.

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1/21/16 1:54 A

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To clarify, is there a reason you want to follow a low carb? The 100 grams, where are you getting that from as a recommendation?

I haven't ever exactly tried to follow low carb (but have considered it). Last Spring, to lose some winter weight, I did some low carb cycling, which I did find fairly effective. I'd stick to beans and legumes and cruciferous veggies, incorporating starch veggies selectively. Certainly grains are healthful, but after considerable research, if you are significantly overweight, it may help speed the process along. It also depends on your lifestyle and exercise. It also depends on why you want to follow a low(er) carb (100 g carbs goes by fast but is certainly not super low carb).

Overall, I'd say if you're trying to limit carb consumption, prioritizes legumes (beans, lentils etc), eat leafy and cruciferous vegetables, and eating grains more sparingly. You can eat a starry and eat more veggies and less (or no) rice or grain. Also, quinoa which packs more protein might be helpful. However, if you are going to eat anything like that, you'd have to limit that to one meal a day.

I agree with some other folks, carbs certainly are not the enemy, however, much nutritional science has shown carb-cycling and carb depletion diets can help lose excess fat, especially in the midsection.

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1/13/16 9:05 A

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I am a transitioning vegan. I find that most of what I eat is carbs. Not sure how to be vegetarian without carbs since a lot of my focus is on brown rice, bulgur, potatoes etc. I tried reducing my carbs once, and it made me irritable and anxious. Don't think I'll do that again.

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1/6/16 11:18 P

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I don't believe that carbs is necessarily the enemy. More likely refine carbs like cereals, pastas, mashed potatoes full of butter and cream, sweets, baked goods. I do eat some type of dried bean or pea everyday and they are not low carb but healthy carbs with lots of fiber. Vegetables are carbs but healthy carbs. To lose weight you may need to limit breads and pastas and sugary treats. I crave foods like breads and pasta less when I eat more vegetables, especially leafy greens. If you do eat grains they should be whole grains, whole-wheat pastas, bagels, tortillas, etc.. To keep carbs low stick with mostly green vegetables, and cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, turnips. Try roasting or steaming the veggies if you want to cook them. I would not avoid dried beans, nuts, but remember portion sizes because protein can keep you feeling fuller for longer. Sorry this is so long. I hope it helps.

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1/6/16 9:14 P

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Sorry. I got to my healthy weight eating 85% of my calories in whole grains, veggies, fruits and beans.. most of them are starches. So I can't help you.

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How many calories are you trying to eat per day. And, do you mean 100 carb calories, grams, ounces....?

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Can't help, I'm not a carb counter.

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1/6/16 10:00 A

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Please share your tips and tricks. I'm trying to eat within my calorie range but am finding it difficult to do so without keeping carbs below 100 per day. What carb intake do you shoot for? What foods did you cut out or stock up on?

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