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January 1, 2013 11:28 AM
How many carbs do you eat per day and still loose weight? I know everyone is different... I'm just curious. :)
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January 1, 2013 11:34 AM
I am a 61 year old man who is 200 lbs and does strength training workouts. I do between 150 and 200 per day. Carb are the last of my priorites when hitting my macros. First is protein, second fats and carbs with what's left. Protein in critical for maintaining lean muscle mass, fats for maintianing balanced hormones.
January 1, 2013 11:36 AM
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I am a 61 year old man who is 200 lbs and does strength training workouts. I do between 150 and 200 per day. Carb are the last of my priorites when hitting my macros. First is protein, second fats and carbs with what's left. Protein in critical for maintaining lean muscle mass, fats for maintianing balanced hormones.


^^THIS^^ I hit my protein and fats first and healthy "slow carbs" are what fills in the blanks. I get around 150 grams per day, some days more and some less.
  3706746
January 1, 2013 11:36 AM
Between about 150g and 250g depending on the calorie target I have for the day.
  18358448
January 1, 2013 11:39 AM
I stick to about 125 or less most of the time. I try for below 100 but I haven't cut out ALL grain foods, so if I have oatmeal, potato, or fruit, it will probably be closer to 125.

I'm 5'4", female, I like to lift weights 3-4 days a week and do cardio 2 days a week. I have more carbs on days when my workouts are more strenuous. I hope that helps!
January 1, 2013 11:49 AM
i try to stay around 80g a day...I read for woman trying to lose weight they should not go over 100g a day.
  19102823
January 1, 2013 11:50 AM
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i try to stay around 80g a day...I read for woman trying to lose weight they should not go over 100g a day.


Where did you read that? It is just not true. I have never been under 100g - often over 200g and have had no issues losing weight.
  18358448
January 1, 2013 12:33 PM
I try and keep it at or near my allowance for the day. I find if I don't eat enough I have trouble with my hypoglycimia.
  2123356
January 1, 2013 1:03 PM
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i try to stay around 80g a day...I read for woman trying to lose weight they should not go over 100g a day.


Where did you read that? It is just not true. I have never been under 100g - often over 200g and have had no issues losing weight.


I they are a low carb diet I meant
  19102823
January 1, 2013 1:04 PM
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i try to stay around 80g a day...I read for woman trying to lose weight they should not go over 100g a day.


On a low carb diet I meant smile
  19102823
January 1, 2013 1:08 PM
130g - 140
  3970743
January 1, 2013 1:11 PM
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i try to stay around 80g a day...I read for woman trying to lose weight they should not go over 100g a day.


false.
  23906415
January 1, 2013 1:23 PM
QUOTE:

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i try to stay around 80g a day...I read for woman trying to lose weight they should not go over 100g a day.


false.


and I quote ~~

"Carbs per day for weight loss

The number of carbs per day for weight loss ranges from from 20 to 50 or sometimes up to 70 grams. However, 70 grams daily is usually only for those who are engaging in weight training in addition to cardio exercise. The usual low carbohydrate range is 20 to 60 grams daily. You determine how strict you need to be; the best way is to experiment and discover what amount works well for you as an individual.

Refined processed carbohydrates are a major cause of weight gain, obesity, insulin resistance, heart disease, and many other diet related diseases."
Edited by jennaworksout On January 1, 2013 1:24 PM
  19102823
January 1, 2013 1:28 PM
I think what probably matters more than the number is the quality... I'd say try not to go necessarily low or high carb or anything. In terms of carbohydrate sources, just eat a LOT of vegetables, some fruit, oats or other whole grains if you tolerate them, legumes if you tolerate them, etc. Eating unprocessed is key.

You can eat low carb and eat really healthy: for instance, sticking to mostly vegetables, protein sources, Greek yogurt, fats, a bit of fruit, etc. That might be called Paleo-esque eating. It's very healthy.

You can also eat low carb and eat really badly: if you only eat processed food and rely on things like shakes and protein bars all the time... it's not the best for you, even if your carbs are low.

Maybe instead of concentrating specifically right now on carbohydrates or even calories, go for minimalism. Stick to low/unprocessed foods and I guarantee you you'll feel better and maybe lose weight without trying too hard!
Edited by livingdeadlifter On January 1, 2013 1:28 PM
January 1, 2013 1:30 PM
I ate (on average) 250g of carbs a day and still lost weight quite easily.

And they weren't all 'good carbs'. I continued to eat pasta, potatoes, candy, cake, cookies, white rice, white bread, etc the entire time I was losing.
Edited by UpEarly On January 1, 2013 1:31 PM
  6511124
January 1, 2013 1:31 PM
I don't really pay attention to my carb intake. I just happen to end up in the 130-200 range. I haven't noticed it affecting my weight loss.
  17619594
January 1, 2013 1:32 PM
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i try to stay around 80g a day...I read for woman trying to lose weight they should not go over 100g a day.


Where did you read that? It is just not true. I have never been under 100g - often over 200g and have had no issues losing weight.

I think this is personal, tho. I currently eat 150-250, but I'm in maintenance. I need to eat under 150 to lose, and I usually stick closer to 100 trying to lose and don't eat pasta or bread or white rice. I just find it easier, but I'm particularly sensitive to carbs. Everyone is different, tho, so you probably need to experiment with your own levels. Atkins is much lower (low carb diet), but if you go as low as 20-50 it makes going back to eating more later a challenge. I chose Atkins as my weight loss plan in the past and was always able to lose on it but gained once I went back to eating normally. When I say normally, tho, I quit really counting carbs when I quit "dieting" and I think that was the main reason I gained. If you go that low, you have to ease back up until you stop losing/start gaining to find the level for you.
  17225453
January 1, 2013 1:32 PM
I eat approx. 170 g per day. I lift heavy 3 times per week and run 10 miles per week and cycle everywhere.
Edited by nexangelus On January 1, 2013 1:33 PM
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January 1, 2013 1:33 PM
My dietician set my carb goal for a 62 year old sedentary woman at 45 gm for each meal and two snacks wtih 15 gm in each snack. This si from a dietician in a hospital
  31525894
January 1, 2013 1:40 PM
i think its all about what you are trying to accomplish...

some eat lower carbs just to lose weight...the research i have done makes me eat low carb because I am a type 2 diabetic...i have to eat low carb....if i eat too many my blood sugar spikes uncontrollably ...
so i try to eat less than 50 ...i think everybody needs a little carb to fuel the brain and a few other things..

when im humming, i eat near 30 a day...i use the net carb thing too...
i subtract the fiber from the total carbs. to ge the net carbs...

good luck
January 1, 2013 1:59 PM
QUOTE:

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i try to stay around 80g a day...I read for woman trying to lose weight they should not go over 100g a day.


false.


and I quote ~~

"Carbs per day for weight loss

The number of carbs per day for weight loss ranges from from 20 to 50 or sometimes up to 70 grams. However, 70 grams daily is usually only for those who are engaging in weight training in addition to cardio exercise. The usual low carbohydrate range is 20 to 60 grams daily. You determine how strict you need to be; the best way is to experiment and discover what amount works well for you as an individual.

Refined processed carbohydrates are a major cause of weight gain, obesity, insulin resistance, heart disease, and many other diet related diseases."


To clarify, the main causes of insulin resistance, heart disease, and many other diet related diseases is obesity. There is a correlation between high refined carb intake and weight gain - not a causation. If you are at a caloric deficit, this is not a issue. Some people find it easier to stay at a caloric deficit to stay low carb, but it is by no means necessary.

You are quoting a low carb diet. You can absolutely lose weight with moderate/high carbs and even include refined processed carbs. From a health perspective, you should ensure that you have a balanced nutrient diet of course.

Out of interest, where is this quote from?
  18358448
January 1, 2013 3:37 PM
270g. Mostly slow digesting "good carbs".
January 1, 2013 5:05 PM
My trainer has me set at 60%.carbs. With that said, I'm a vegetarian.
January 1, 2013 5:11 PM
The people who are eating HIGH carbs and still losing weight is because you are BURNING those carbs when you exercise! Biology 101.Insulin is a Fat Storage Hormone,when you eat carbs you put that insulin to work.

IMO,when you exercise or are active in your daily life you can eat more carbs and still lose weight.If you are sedentary I would not go over 150.But,everyone is different I say experiment and find out what works best for YOUR body.

To answer your question..I eat from 100-250.I lose weight when I'm under 150 and I maintain when I'm above that.Just this past week My weight stayed the same.This was the first week that I stopped losing weight.The ONLY thing different is my carb levels were higher everyday.
January 1, 2013 8:18 PM
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The people who are eating HIGH carbs and still losing weight is because you are BURNING those carbs when you exercise! Biology 101.Insulin is a Fat Storage Hormone,when you eat carbs you put that insulin to work.

IMO,when you exercise or are active in your daily life you can eat more carbs and still lose weight.If you are sedentary I would not go over 150.But,everyone is different I say experiment and find out what works best for YOUR body.

To answer your question..I eat from 100-250.I lose weight when I'm under 150 and I maintain when I'm above that.Just this past week My weight stayed the same.This was the first week that I stopped losing weight.The ONLY thing different is my carb levels were higher everyday.


If you are at a caloric deficit it is not relevent. Also protein is insulinogenic as well as carbs.

I do agree however that carbs are the variable and the lower your calories, they are the ones that decrease. So I suppose it depends on your definition of high carbs - I would find it difficult to lose weight on more than about 180g of carbs if I was sedentary and still wanted to hit my other macros.
Edited by Sarauk2sf On January 1, 2013 8:29 PM
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