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Confused, Paleo and low carb?

Commented on September 17, 2013
Created September 17, 2013 at 1:46 AM

Im still very new at paleo and i read something that really confused me, I thought as long as i eat from the list of paleo foods I'd be fine and would lose weight but now I'm reading that I still have to watch my carb intake. How much carbs are allowed to lose weight?

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on September 17, 2013
at 05:45 PM

Right on, Travis. I used to think there really was magic to VLCing, i.e., metabolic advantage. I've yet to find that to be true. Listen to Jenny Ruhl on this. It is really calories.

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at 06:38 AM

Who told you you have to cut carbs to lose weight? Could be right depending on your weight and if you're seriously or morbidly obese. But you could try to find out if that's really necessary before being influenced by someone else; your metabolism could be completely different from his. There are people here giving advices thinking that everyone else is exactly like them. It's your body and it should be your call.

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at 02:05 AM

Ok, so from my experience low carb if thats what you chose to do would be a good starting point... what are you currently eating?

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on September 17, 2013
at 04:32 PM

The only thing that's going to make a difference is if you create a caloric deficit. Low carb can help because it tends to be high satiety, but a lot of people never fully adjust to it. Plus, it's really easy to overshoot calorie-wise with a high fat intake. Most people gain weight initially eating both high carb and high fat at the same time (average American diet). I think you ought to try choosing unprocessed foods according to what you want vs whether they have carbs and see how that goes first.

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on September 17, 2013
at 05:45 PM

Right on, Travis. I used to think there really was magic to VLCing, i.e., metabolic advantage. I've yet to find that to be true. Listen to Jenny Ruhl on this. It is really calories.

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on September 17, 2013
at 03:41 PM

If your goal is moderate weight loss without much exercise, you will want to combine moderate calorie restriction with a healthy, low-carb mix. It all depends on how your body responds and what makes you comfortable with calorie restriction.

Most people find that eating a low-carb diet keeps hunger and cravings at bay. Make sure all of your micronutrient needs are met while managing your macronutrient mix to keep from feeling hungry. If you're not exercising much, you don't need much protein or carbs.

Your brain runs on glucose (barring ketogenesis) and it uses about 20% (or more if you're physically inactive and mentally gymnastic) of your calories. This is the only real reason to eat carbs, from a nutritional standpoint. Even though I have no interest in losing weight, I minimize carbs and protein for health reasons. Saturated fat is the only energy source with zero toxicity (According to PHD) and who doesn't love it? Throw in some organ meats to help with micronutrients (some liver here and there).

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on September 17, 2013
at 02:56 PM

the reason why you limit carbs is because carbs tend to cause insulin spikes, where for example fats do not and proteins do in a far lesser capacity. insulin is pretty much a 'storage hormone' so if your attempting to loose weight, im sure you can see how eating too many carbs(putting your body in storage mode for long periods) would be a bad thing.

i would say macro wise aim for 20-50% carbs(depending on activity level) (your muscles store/run short term on carbs) or if you just want grams, i see 50-150grams as acceptable for non-ketogenic paleo. ofcourse im sure that varies a bit depending on your weight, a 100 lb person would not consume the same carbs as a 500lb person.(in theory)(assuming there was a healthy 500 lb person)(there is not)

eating carbs after workouts/in the afternoon where your body is less insulin sensitive is also an option.

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on September 17, 2013
at 02:01 AM

I'm trying to lose 20 lbs. I'm not very active now, school's running my life, but my schedule changes in the winter so I'll be able to be more active.

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on September 17, 2013
at 02:05 AM

Ok, so from my experience low carb if thats what you chose to do would be a good starting point... what are you currently eating?

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on September 17, 2013
at 01:55 AM

In my opinion what are your goals? lose 100 lbs? 10 lbs? gain muscle and body recomp? etc... If you want to lose lots of weight I would consider 30-50g a day as a starting point and go up or down according but remember there will be a "carb flu."

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on September 17, 2013
at 01:50 AM

I think carb intake is mostly depending on your activity level. For instance, if you just finished up a sprint session, a sweet potatoe or something like that is definitely a good idea.

Also, weight loss is definitely spurred by low carb intake, but is not required. I don't like how low carb makes me feel so I usually eat a starchy tuber a day or at least most days.

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