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Weight loss: calories or carbs?

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Created March 15, 2012 at 7:16 PM

As far as weight loss is concerned, should I load up on non-starch vegetables and bring my overall calorie intake down for the day, or less veg and more protein which usually means more calories but also less carbs..?

I love making pur??ed cauliflower, veggie soups, raw veggies and dip, etc. I get enough protein but sometimes my carbs are between 50-100. Am I letting the low carb stuff cloud my thinking that too many veg are bad bc of the carbs?

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on March 16, 2012
at 06:37 PM

"Really? You must be a scientific anomaly." A lot like the answer below by eimearreclaimedhealth, except you're the opposite anomaly. Every bell curve has 2 ends. Just helps show what many have said about finding what works for each person.

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on March 16, 2012
at 02:33 PM

idk what it is, but everytime I reintroduce carbs the weight creeps back on, I remove them and I get slim, doesnt help that I find myself drinking beer of occasion and then its a roller coaster!

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on March 16, 2012
at 08:21 AM

Really? You must be a scientific anomaly.

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on March 15, 2012
at 09:00 PM

Calorie counting works best if you're obese, but so do a lot of other things.

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on March 15, 2012
at 08:21 PM

Your habits will color what works better for you but all things being equal, it is the calories that matter more than the type of calorie

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on March 15, 2012
at 07:46 PM

Try both and see which works better for you.

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on March 16, 2012
at 07:31 AM

I think Low-carb is more about breaking that habits of over-eating and sugar addiction. Beyond that I am pretty much macro-nutrient agnostic.

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on March 15, 2012
at 09:29 PM

I agree with Beth. This is one question no one can answer for you. It seems you like the higher carb/adequate protein menu so commit to that and stick with it. If you don't see any progress then look at shifting the balance a little to lower the carbs and raise the protein or fat. And truthfully the balance is carb/fat not carb/protein. That's the equation you need to play with.

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on March 15, 2012
at 08:38 PM

For me, losing weight by counting calories is less painful. Carb restriction has always made me feel weak all over. I lost some weight restricting calories, but since I pretty much only have vanity pounds to lose now, I'm doing better eating enough calories to maintain my body weight and letting my exercise work on changing my body composition than restricting calories.

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on March 15, 2012
at 09:00 PM

Calorie counting works best if you're obese, but so do a lot of other things.

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on March 15, 2012
at 07:47 PM

If your metabolic health is in order, weight loss will come to a function of calorie intake versus calorie expenditure, regardless of macronutrients. With that said, carbohydrate reduction is an easy way to cut calories because it often induces a reduction in appetite. If you can comfortably get away with eating starches without feeling ravenous or otherwise dysfunctional, create your deficit in any manner you please.

EDIT: Rereading your post more carefully, if you're getting most of your carbohydrates from non-starchy vegetables then you'll be taking in even fewer calories than you realize, as your fiber intake will be high. Because you are not a gorilla, your gut is much less efficient at extracting energy from these types of carbs.

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on March 16, 2012
at 06:53 AM

Once you've bagged the sugars, grains, sodas and junk foods, I wouldn't begrudge you an extra mouthful or two of cauliflower glistening with lovely butter. Really, don't sweat the veggies. Have another cup of salad.

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on March 15, 2012
at 08:33 PM

For me, it's a combination. On plain Paleo I would lose super-slowly, but on Paleo-ketogenic AND with calorie restriction, the weight sheds off.

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698db94d83dee10d6ada8cc0128d45fc

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on March 15, 2012
at 08:11 PM

I've tried calorie restriction and for me its all about the carbs.

I can eat Low Cal with carbs and I gain, I can eat High Cal with no carbs and within a few weeks the weight drops.

Is what it is I guess.

698db94d83dee10d6ada8cc0128d45fc

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on March 16, 2012
at 02:33 PM

idk what it is, but everytime I reintroduce carbs the weight creeps back on, I remove them and I get slim, doesnt help that I find myself drinking beer of occasion and then its a roller coaster!

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

(5914)

on March 16, 2012
at 08:21 AM

Really? You must be a scientific anomaly.

4815ce60a36f08fb6878bb458c249034

(240)

on March 16, 2012
at 06:37 PM

"Really? You must be a scientific anomaly." A lot like the answer below by eimearreclaimedhealth, except you're the opposite anomaly. Every bell curve has 2 ends. Just helps show what many have said about finding what works for each person.

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on March 15, 2012
at 08:12 PM

In my personal experience, weight loss happened eventually (after some initial weight gain) by adding in a lot more carbs and hence overall calories. I increased calories by 1000, and eat about 50% of that as carbs (fruit, rice, potatoes). The weight loss was small because I was already thin, but it seems to have worked by increasing metabolism, as I am warmer and have a faster pulse. More carbs and calories might not work for you, so it's worth experimenting with a few things if you're stuck with weight loss.

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on March 15, 2012
at 07:59 PM

I need lots of non-starchy vegetables because food volume is important for satiation--for me. If you don't need it, then it's whatever you feel like on a given day because both approaches work.

Similarly, I need modest fruit because I'm just not happy and satisfied without it while many people are indifferent. Both work.

There is no right or wrong, just preference and right to choose as long as you're eating whole foods.

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