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How Low Should I Go

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 04, 2013 at 11:52 PM

I'm VERY new to all this, and I'm wondering how low carb should I go?

I'll tell you about myself, I'm coming from eating high carb, LOTS of grains and sugar and sweet fruit, moderate fat and it seems, pretty darn low protein. I was mainly vegan by default not on purpose per say.

I'm female, 31, have put on a good 30lbs of weight and I'd estimate 20lbs of that is fat based on measurements. I was underweight after a period of intense stress over a few months and not only dropped fat I also lost a lot of my muscle mass. I had that awful flabby skinny thing going on.

When I started eating again it kind of went out of control and I was ALWAYS hungry and eating upwards of 3000 calories per day most days. Again lots of carbs and fat. However I was also exercising, lots of strength training too and I can tell I have gained some muscle back over the past 9 months.

I now want to KEEP my muscle gains, and the nice shape I've got with those glutes :) but lose the flab that is unslightly and jiggly and otherwise unpleasant.

I slowly weaned off the grains and am currently not eating dairy, I'm ready to up the fat and protein significantly...

So any idea of a carb range to maximize fat loss while preserving my lean muscle?

I'll try anything once - Ok, not EVERYTHING.... ;)

Thanks!

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on February 05, 2013
at 12:55 PM

Indeed. If weight loss is your goal there is no need to go especially low on carbohydrates. Remember the typical American probably consumes 400+ carbs daily. However for most going beyond 150 carbs/day can wind up as fat. So if can just shoot for about 150 carbs/day, which is NOT considered a low carb diet, you should be fine. Just focus on eliminating junk/processed food, go Paleo or at least cut way back on grains and dairy, and you should experience a slow and safe weight loss.

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on February 05, 2013
at 08:21 AM

dairy should agree with everyone, yes everyone...figure out whats wrong (poor thyroid function)...and theres no need to restrict carbs if you body tells u to eat 400g then do it...your body isn't playing tricks on you, just listen to it...just avoid nuts, raw vegetables cruciferous, grains, veg oils...stick ruminant meats w/ gelatin or bone broths, eggs, DAIRY, fruits, and below ground vegetables (beets, potatoes, etc.)

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on February 05, 2013
at 02:25 AM

take this advice.

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on February 05, 2013
at 02:25 AM

Follow this advice.

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on February 05, 2013
at 12:40 AM

No reason unless dairy doesn't agree with you, or interferes with any particular health goal.

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at 12:27 AM

There's no reason not to eat high quality dairy.

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on February 05, 2013
at 01:04 AM

I would try doing a whole 30.http://whole9life.com/category/whole-30/ Don't count calories or macros, don't weigh yourself, don't measure for 30 days. Get a handle on what this is all about and then adjust after you get acclimated. If a whole 30 isn't for you, I would still take a month to adjust to eating this way before you worry about carbs or cutting out any group of "paleo-approved" foods, such as fruit. If none of that sounds good and you want to count right off the bat, I would agree with the suggestion of aiming for under 100 carbs a day. GL!

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on February 05, 2013
at 12:52 AM

50-100g/day is a good starting point. You can always tweak things from there. Keep doing your resistance training and eat enough protein to help preserve that lean mass. Good luck!

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on February 05, 2013
at 02:25 AM

take this advice.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on February 05, 2013
at 02:25 AM

Follow this advice.

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on February 05, 2013
at 04:24 AM

My question is - why do you want to go low-carb?

If you are insulin resistant (whether you know it or not), if you have SIBO or you are a celiac, if you have tons of other inflammatory or autoimmune diseases - sure, go low or even 0 carbs.

However, if you are a relatively healthy individual, you don't really need to go 0 carb. Plus, in a long run, being low-carb is not beneficial (at least to insulin sensitive people) and can even cause some health problems.

So if you are worried about your weight loss, make sure to reduce or eliminate fruit and nuts. Eat a protein-rich breakfast and eat your carbs at night.

75d65450b6ff0be7b969fb321f1200ac

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on February 05, 2013
at 12:55 PM

Indeed. If weight loss is your goal there is no need to go especially low on carbohydrates. Remember the typical American probably consumes 400+ carbs daily. However for most going beyond 150 carbs/day can wind up as fat. So if can just shoot for about 150 carbs/day, which is NOT considered a low carb diet, you should be fine. Just focus on eliminating junk/processed food, go Paleo or at least cut way back on grains and dairy, and you should experience a slow and safe weight loss.

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on February 05, 2013
at 01:18 AM

My recommendation: Cut the the simple carbs and starches to zero, don't worry about the complex carbs in tomatoes, green veggies and the like; it's just too much work & unnecessary for the latter.

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