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Carbohydrate Poll

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created October 24, 2012 at 1:50 AM

Has anyone here lost more than 50lbs while averaging 200+gm of carbohydrate a day? For all I am glad that Paleo has embraced starch for those who need it I'm wondering if that hasn't skewed people's results.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on November 12, 2012
at 05:01 AM

Wow. Look at that, the scale you "created" looks exactly like Mark Sisson's from years and years ago. What a fluke.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on November 11, 2012
at 05:16 AM

Well I recently gave up on starches, they kept me weight stable but I just stopped losing. I went from 2,200kcal average at 270lbs and weight stable to eating 3,300kcal at sub 30gm of carb and a 50% reduction in protein and I've now started averaging 1lb per week weightloss again.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on October 26, 2012
at 01:22 PM

Who knows? It also could have been that I made a switch right when I broke the plateau for other reasons (i.e. not carb related). All I know is that when I drop below 50g now, I feel sluggish. When I eat around 100g I feel much better. I will go up to 150g when I am doing some serious running. So I am sticking with the carbs.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

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on October 26, 2012
at 02:37 AM

do you think starting off low carb and transitioning to higher carb was what caused the weight loss success for you? Or do you think that having the carbs all along would have helped you lose that 2-3 lbs immediately rather than after six weeks?

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

(753)

on October 26, 2012
at 02:36 AM

doing you think starting off low carb and transitioning to higher carb was what caused the weight loss sucess for you? Or do you think that having the carbs all along would have helped you lose that 2-3 lbs immediately rather than after six weeks?

2c2349bc7af0fedb59a5fe99dac9fae2

(2707)

on October 25, 2012
at 12:29 AM

Interesting. How many calories a day were you eating? Maybe you were not in a deficit?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 24, 2012
at 10:51 PM

PBO - Not really my experience...

2c2349bc7af0fedb59a5fe99dac9fae2

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on October 24, 2012
at 02:57 PM

Exactly, what matters is getting yourself into a caloric deficit, which has nothing to do with carbs. Now for a lot of people, going on a low carb paleo diet, helps them do this (many times without counting).

09bdfdb3be1bb05b8aea79d55afd9e30

(174)

on October 24, 2012
at 11:00 AM

Same experience.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on October 24, 2012
at 07:47 AM

+1 provided theres an energy deficit carbs dont matter

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5a21b66ef8ee09eeb0a5cfaefcac7b4a

on October 26, 2012
at 02:04 AM

I can lose weight on carbs but its really really hard..I am hungry alot, hot flashes, cranky..not pretty at all but I did lose some that way, gained some back and then went Paleo about a year ago and lost another 30plus with ease..around 60g of carbs per day..but I really don't count them but lots of fat..this has worked better than anything else I have tried and I have tried alot

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2c2349bc7af0fedb59a5fe99dac9fae2

(2707)

on October 24, 2012
at 02:11 AM

Yes. Before I tried the paleo diet, I had lost weight twice, eating over 200+ carbs (I was also a vegetarian).

To lose weight, you need to be in an energy deficit. You can easily do that with over 200 carbs.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 24, 2012
at 10:51 PM

PBO - Not really my experience...

2c2349bc7af0fedb59a5fe99dac9fae2

(2707)

on October 25, 2012
at 12:29 AM

Interesting. How many calories a day were you eating? Maybe you were not in a deficit?

2c2349bc7af0fedb59a5fe99dac9fae2

(2707)

on October 24, 2012
at 02:57 PM

Exactly, what matters is getting yourself into a caloric deficit, which has nothing to do with carbs. Now for a lot of people, going on a low carb paleo diet, helps them do this (many times without counting).

09bdfdb3be1bb05b8aea79d55afd9e30

(174)

on October 24, 2012
at 11:00 AM

Same experience.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 24, 2012
at 07:47 AM

+1 provided theres an energy deficit carbs dont matter

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on November 11, 2012
at 05:16 AM

Well I recently gave up on starches, they kept me weight stable but I just stopped losing. I went from 2,200kcal average at 270lbs and weight stable to eating 3,300kcal at sub 30gm of carb and a 50% reduction in protein and I've now started averaging 1lb per week weightloss again.

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on October 24, 2012
at 02:31 PM

Not quite that many carbs, but higher carbs intake helped my weight loss. I started around 50g carbs and saw some immediate results that stopped after 6 weeks, I switched to 100-150g carbs and the weight dropped 2-3 lbs per week until I hit 10 lbs lower than my original goal weight.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

(753)

on October 26, 2012
at 02:37 AM

do you think starting off low carb and transitioning to higher carb was what caused the weight loss success for you? Or do you think that having the carbs all along would have helped you lose that 2-3 lbs immediately rather than after six weeks?

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on October 26, 2012
at 01:22 PM

Who knows? It also could have been that I made a switch right when I broke the plateau for other reasons (i.e. not carb related). All I know is that when I drop below 50g now, I feel sluggish. When I eat around 100g I feel much better. I will go up to 150g when I am doing some serious running. So I am sticking with the carbs.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

(753)

on October 26, 2012
at 02:36 AM

doing you think starting off low carb and transitioning to higher carb was what caused the weight loss sucess for you? Or do you think that having the carbs all along would have helped you lose that 2-3 lbs immediately rather than after six weeks?

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D41bd7b3d3b962eb0146f471eb632f56

on October 26, 2012
at 01:15 AM

Lost 40 lbs (80% of which was fat). Didn't need to lose any more than that. In fact, had to gain 10 back, since that last 10 was due to some disordered eating behavior. I was on Weight Watchers all that time, so I had a calorie deficit. It worked for me because I learned to eat real food, and I've kept it off for two years effortlessly without counting calories or weighing myself regularly. I'm also not entirely metabolically damaged, though, so my diet has more leeway. I've been doing what I call a "managed carb" approach for the past year to control my PCOS symptoms, which admittedly were mild to begin with.

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61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on October 24, 2012
at 02:52 PM

I lost weight faster when I added in more carbs (up to 100g from 30g-50g), but couldn't keep control over my blood sugar. It's a double-edged sword for me, which sucks! Perhaps once I have lost the excess weight, approx. 110 lbs to go, my sugar levels will be more stable and I won't have to be quite so neurotic about my carb intake.

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F694fc245d03b64d6936ddb29f4c9306

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on October 24, 2012
at 02:41 PM

I lost 40 pounds over the year doing Paleo without worrying about carbs. I definitely ate over 200g in fruit-based carbs on a regular basis. That being said, I think it's way easier to overeat carb-heavy foods than fat-heavy foods. Fats tend to be more satiating, at least to me. Before, I could easily eat a couple big bananas in a sitting.

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Da2c728c093488e4f2ea87b81619682f

on October 24, 2012
at 02:42 AM

Yes, I have lost almost 100 lbs at one point, but at that time I was also eating anywhere from 900-1150 calories a day. I haven't tried counting carbs now, while doing paleo. I have added starchy foods in my diet, and I have lost a few pounds without trying... but I really don't think my carb count is that high. I should track that. I'd think if you upped the carbs you'd just have to be very careful about calories and/or exercise if you wanted to lose weight. I think it's possible, just takes more planning.

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Ae79a4cc9f9b155ded65f10ab8395a6d

(229)

on October 24, 2012
at 02:26 AM

Weight loss is a different journey for us all. I used to weigh 108kg and I got down to 80kg by still eating pasta, rice and other high carby stuffs. Clearly that was before the start of my paleo journey. Now im 75kg :)

Point is, give it a go and see how it affects you. That is the only way you will know for sure.

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on November 11, 2012
at 02:37 AM

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on November 12, 2012
at 05:01 AM

Wow. Look at that, the scale you "created" looks exactly like Mark Sisson's from years and years ago. What a fluke.

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