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going under 50gr carb

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 07, 2012 at 7:47 AM

Hi!

I have a rather stupid question, but...

I want to go under 50g of carb in order to lose 15 pounds, but I got really comfused. If I eliminate fruit, nuts and tubers will that take me under 50? Or do I have to eliminate some vegetables as well, like tomatoes, cucumbers etc?

I don't want to use Fitday cause it reminds me of the days I was counting calories and I don't want to live this nightmare again.

thanks

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on July 08, 2012
at 03:00 PM

I feel the need to detox from carbs. Since I gave birth (9 months ago) I've been eating crap on a daily basis

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on July 07, 2012
at 08:35 PM

Fitday reminds me of the days I was counting calories and I really don't want to go crazy again counting carbs... that's why I plan to completely avoid fruit and tubers for a couple of months. What kind of carbs are you eating after your workouts? Fruit or sweet potatoes?

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on July 07, 2012
at 08:24 PM

Thanks that's really helpful!

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on July 07, 2012
at 04:12 PM

Exactly. It doesn't have to be permanent tracking, just until you learn what contains how many carbs.

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on July 07, 2012
at 03:15 PM

"when you are low carbing, to up the amount of fats you are eating."....I would add to also be sure you salt your foods/drink a couple cups of broth per day.

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on July 07, 2012
at 11:13 AM

That amount would be fine for me. Start there and see how you do. You can cut down later if it seems to be stalling weight loss. I must admit that having been almost totally sugar free for quite a while now, tomatoes taste much too sweet and I hardly eat them anymore. The higher fat thing messed with my head to begin with. It seemed so decadent. I certainly couldn't go back to low fat eating now.

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on July 07, 2012
at 09:20 AM

Thank you both. I plan to completely avoid fruit for a couple of months since I want to detox from sugar as well. I usually eat 1 medium tomato at dinner and a handful of cherry tomatoes at breakfast. Is that too much? Upping the amounts of fat is something I'm working on since I've been eating high carb/low fat half my life...

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on July 07, 2012
at 12:53 PM

If it is sweet, don't eat it.

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on July 07, 2012
at 09:06 AM

I can't cope with counting either. Brings back too many bad feelings. However if you cut out carrots and go easy on tomatoes and onions you can eat pretty much all other veg without having to worry. Normally you have to tell people to ditch corn and peas but as you're paleo I'm assuming you already have. Just remember, when you are low carbing, to up the amount of fats you are eating.

38ba39cff8dc3229f0e6247a814a9cfd

(15)

on July 07, 2012
at 09:20 AM

Thank you both. I plan to completely avoid fruit for a couple of months since I want to detox from sugar as well. I usually eat 1 medium tomato at dinner and a handful of cherry tomatoes at breakfast. Is that too much? Upping the amounts of fat is something I'm working on since I've been eating high carb/low fat half my life...

E30b7296278a83bd690ec0f8ee35408e

(30)

on July 07, 2012
at 11:13 AM

That amount would be fine for me. Start there and see how you do. You can cut down later if it seems to be stalling weight loss. I must admit that having been almost totally sugar free for quite a while now, tomatoes taste much too sweet and I hardly eat them anymore. The higher fat thing messed with my head to begin with. It seemed so decadent. I certainly couldn't go back to low fat eating now.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on July 07, 2012
at 03:15 PM

"when you are low carbing, to up the amount of fats you are eating."....I would add to also be sure you salt your foods/drink a couple cups of broth per day.

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on July 07, 2012
at 07:56 AM

You might need to actually use something like fitday if you don't know how many grams of carbs are in fruit and veggies.

An apple for example is about 20+ grams if carbs and a banana about 27 grams.

You definitely do not have to eliminate cucumbers and unlikely tomatoes (unless you are eating lots of them) as I discovered that 50 grams does give you. Lot of space in the vegetables department.

Try using a carb calculator from Atkins or elsewhere otherwise you will be a bit lost.

http://www.atkins.com/Program/Phase-1/What-You-Can-Eat-in-this-Phase.aspx

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on July 07, 2012
at 04:05 PM

Monitoring everything you eat with FitDay.com is a pain but if you do it for a week or two you'll learn how many carbs are in everything, and after that should only have to check periodically. A lot of people are surprised by what they find, both in terms of carb content and overall calories. Most people eat way more calories and carbs than they think.

If you really can't be bothered, then eat nothing but meat, eggs, and leafy or crunchy vegetables and you'll probably be fine. A banana or a sweet potato has about 20-25g of carbs, so just two of those is your limit for the day. One cup of grapes has 29g. I found it was much better to spread the carbs through the day rather than blow it all at once.

Forget about any sugary drinks at all, 16oz of gatorade has about 30g of carbs (all sugar), drink only water, or if you really have to have something in it, squeeze a lemon or lime in it. No sugar or sweetener at all -- black coffee, etc.

I ate less than 50g carbs for about 2 months, most days around 25g, this did wonders for my system and digestion and weight loss, but after a couple of months I found that I had energy problems and difficulty working out and recovering, so I slowly added more carbs, which I eat primarily only after work-outs.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on July 07, 2012
at 04:12 PM

Exactly. It doesn't have to be permanent tracking, just until you learn what contains how many carbs.

38ba39cff8dc3229f0e6247a814a9cfd

(15)

on July 07, 2012
at 08:35 PM

Fitday reminds me of the days I was counting calories and I really don't want to go crazy again counting carbs... that's why I plan to completely avoid fruit and tubers for a couple of months. What kind of carbs are you eating after your workouts? Fruit or sweet potatoes?

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on July 07, 2012
at 06:49 PM

I keep the 'Atkins Induction List' of veggies posted on my fridge. While I don't actually count carbs, I only eat veggies on that list and obviously any meat I want. It works for me! I am not able to eat those vegetables in the quantities you would need to to go over 50 g a day of carbs.

http://www.atkins.com/Program/Phase-1/What-You-Can-Eat-in-this-Phase.aspx

38ba39cff8dc3229f0e6247a814a9cfd

(15)

on July 07, 2012
at 08:24 PM

Thanks that's really helpful!

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3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on July 07, 2012
at 03:14 PM

Sticking to green leafy veggies is the easiest way to be certain you stay under the 50g. Those are unlimited...what you have to worry about limiting are things like root vegetables or squash.

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on July 08, 2012
at 12:11 AM

Why would you want to do this at all...?

38ba39cff8dc3229f0e6247a814a9cfd

(15)

on July 08, 2012
at 03:00 PM

I feel the need to detox from carbs. Since I gave birth (9 months ago) I've been eating crap on a daily basis

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