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How many carbs per day to lean out?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 21, 2013 at 8:52 PM

So I'm trying to lose some baby fat I still have...Currently doing the 30 day challenge, and I'm exercising primally everyday (long slow walks, 2 days of heavy weight and 1 day of sprints per week).

I'm 4'12 (1.52 m) and currently weight 92 lbs. I was aiming for 92 grams of carbs per day (1 gram per lb) but that doesn't seem to be working to lose weight, just to maintain.

So how many grams of carbs do I need everyday? And also, what can I eat to obtain them? Say, 1 banana and 10 almonds, for example...

thanks in advance(:

86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

(2312)

on July 22, 2013
at 05:17 PM

Ha sometimes it's just fun to be an ass

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 22, 2013
at 03:59 PM

Does it have to be "or"? I upvoted you for making the distinction.

E80fcc74f0036fba038dcd1428e759f5

(64)

on July 22, 2013
at 02:08 PM

Will do, thanks a lot(:

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 22, 2013
at 01:48 PM

If you eat healthy foods, your hormones will regulate hunger and satiation. STop counting, and just eat. Eat until you are full, and eat again when you get hungry.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 22, 2013
at 01:46 PM

BMI is a nearly useless measurement for all but the morbidly obese.

6fece842bd1bcf5724f458a302a2156e

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on July 22, 2013
at 08:55 AM

I think counting anything is a bad plan. Far too many people particularly women spend decades counting calories whereas if they just ate only healthy foods they would be do fine. I think at your weight it really would not be a good idea to try to lose baby fat. When I was 14 I went from 84 pounds to 126 pounds in one year (went from little girl to woman really) and that was a bit of a shock but even 126 pounds for my height is a very healthy BMI. I am sure you know how some teenage girls can get locked into weight loss attempts and get too light for their height and eating disorders.

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on July 22, 2013
at 08:52 AM

BMI can be different for teens,. I have a son of about 5 foot 10 who weighs very little (mid teens) but will hopefully reach a healthier higher BMI, perhaps even 18.5 one day! The Carb curve shows how many grams of carbs a day to lose or maintain weight etc http://www.marksdailyapple.com/dial-in-your-carb-count/#axzz2ZlLKvWq1 However if I were you I would concentrate on going for walks, eating healthily and setting habits for a lifetime.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 22, 2013
at 03:19 AM

Doing heavy lifting and HIIT will trigger the hormone response for both muscle gain AND fat loss. You do not want to try and lose fat through calorie restriction, you want to do it through hormones. Eat more, and watch your hormones come into balance.

E80fcc74f0036fba038dcd1428e759f5

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on July 22, 2013
at 02:28 AM

That's exactly what I'm trying- tone up and shed fat. I will add the Pilates to my routine though, thanks! And I find it reaaly hard to eat more that 100g of carbs, so that wont be a problem(; Btw, I dont use any type of journal. I hardly count anything, maybe I should start doing that too...

E80fcc74f0036fba038dcd1428e759f5

(64)

on July 22, 2013
at 02:23 AM

And how exactly can I trade fat for muscle? I've read that too much weight work can affect the body too, so I'm not sure what can I do

E80fcc74f0036fba038dcd1428e759f5

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on July 22, 2013
at 02:21 AM

Well I'm 15, I'm not an adult - I don't know if BMI levels differ from teens to adults.. I eat the regular veggies and meat, nuts (maybe too many, based on the amount most paleo people eat) and fruit maybe once or twice a week. I have always had a huge appetite, so undereating is ever a problem.

721c5da8e761f101e04037e85f6e1236

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on July 22, 2013
at 12:15 AM

Counting macronutrient ratios is not the same thing as counting calories.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 21, 2013
at 11:38 PM

Animals in the wild stay virtually the same bodyweight even with unlimited supply of food, as they allow hormones to regulate hunger, metabolism and satiation. Counting every calorie and macronutrient is not accurate because a calorie is a unit of heat energy, and the body doesn't use a calorie for just heat energy.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 21, 2013
at 09:50 PM

Anyone trying to claim a magic number is wrong. A broken clock is right twice a day.

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on July 21, 2013
at 09:40 PM

The above is an estimated BMI.

2abc7edf08d56505e360c1912008a0f5

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on July 21, 2013
at 09:39 PM

I agree with SUSTAINEDfitness. You don't need to lose weight. Height: 5 feet, 0 inches Weight: 92 pounds Your BMI is 18, indicating your weight is in the Underweight category for adults of your height. For your height, a normal weight range would be from 95 to 128 pounds. Talk with your healthcare provider to determine possible causes of underweight and if you need to gain weight.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 21, 2013
at 09:21 PM

What are you eating on average?

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 21, 2013
at 09:21 PM

What are you eating on average?

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C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 21, 2013
at 09:20 PM

You do not need to lose weight. If anything you could use to gain some weight, but possibly trade a little fat for muscle. Don't count carbs because you can't know exactly how many you are using. Eat lots of fat and protein, and eat lots of vegetables, and you will be ok on the carb amount.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 22, 2013
at 03:19 AM

Doing heavy lifting and HIIT will trigger the hormone response for both muscle gain AND fat loss. You do not want to try and lose fat through calorie restriction, you want to do it through hormones. Eat more, and watch your hormones come into balance.

E80fcc74f0036fba038dcd1428e759f5

(64)

on July 22, 2013
at 02:23 AM

And how exactly can I trade fat for muscle? I've read that too much weight work can affect the body too, so I'm not sure what can I do

E80fcc74f0036fba038dcd1428e759f5

(64)

on July 22, 2013
at 02:08 PM

Will do, thanks a lot(:

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 21, 2013
at 09:21 PM

What are you eating on average?

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86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

(2312)

on July 22, 2013
at 03:38 PM

So wait...you're 5' or 4'12"?

86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

(2312)

on July 22, 2013
at 05:17 PM

Ha sometimes it's just fun to be an ass

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 22, 2013
at 03:59 PM

Does it have to be "or"? I upvoted you for making the distinction.

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on July 26, 2013
at 02:35 PM

Whole30 isn't about obsessing over scale numbers. If anything, give your scale to someone to hide. Focus on eating following the Whole30 meal guide. Add more healthy fats, balance healthy carbs. Check out their guidelines for post and pre workout meals.

http://whole9life.com/book/ISWF-Meal-Planning-Template.pdf

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721c5da8e761f101e04037e85f6e1236

(396)

on July 21, 2013
at 10:06 PM

You say that you have baby fat to lose, may I ask how old you are? Your weight seems fine, but weight is not an indicator of how much fat you have on your body, I know! Perhaps what you are really asking is how to tone up and shed fat? Keep up the heavy lifting and sprinting. I would add 20 minutes of Pilates, every other day, to tone up and strengthen (it will take several weeks to see results). If you are fairly active, and it sounds like you are, then maybe a piece of fruit a day, like a banana or half an avocado could be helpful for easing muscle tension. I agree with Joanna about keeping carbs under 100 grams per day. You can use anutrient counter/food jounal, such as cron-o-meter (cronometer.com) to keep track of your carbs, fats, and proteins.

6fece842bd1bcf5724f458a302a2156e

(1169)

on July 22, 2013
at 08:55 AM

I think counting anything is a bad plan. Far too many people particularly women spend decades counting calories whereas if they just ate only healthy foods they would be do fine. I think at your weight it really would not be a good idea to try to lose baby fat. When I was 14 I went from 84 pounds to 126 pounds in one year (went from little girl to woman really) and that was a bit of a shock but even 126 pounds for my height is a very healthy BMI. I am sure you know how some teenage girls can get locked into weight loss attempts and get too light for their height and eating disorders.

E80fcc74f0036fba038dcd1428e759f5

(64)

on July 22, 2013
at 02:28 AM

That's exactly what I'm trying- tone up and shed fat. I will add the Pilates to my routine though, thanks! And I find it reaaly hard to eat more that 100g of carbs, so that wont be a problem(; Btw, I dont use any type of journal. I hardly count anything, maybe I should start doing that too...

721c5da8e761f101e04037e85f6e1236

(396)

on July 22, 2013
at 12:15 AM

Counting macronutrient ratios is not the same thing as counting calories.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 21, 2013
at 11:38 PM

Animals in the wild stay virtually the same bodyweight even with unlimited supply of food, as they allow hormones to regulate hunger, metabolism and satiation. Counting every calorie and macronutrient is not accurate because a calorie is a unit of heat energy, and the body doesn't use a calorie for just heat energy.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 22, 2013
at 01:48 PM

If you eat healthy foods, your hormones will regulate hunger and satiation. STop counting, and just eat. Eat until you are full, and eat again when you get hungry.

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on July 21, 2013
at 09:46 PM

I try to keep my carbs under 100 grams per day. I used to eat around 200 grams per day so this transition was really taxing on my body. I've gotten used to it but I don't enjoy it!

In this book I read called "Life without Bread," the author/researcher recommends 72 grams of carbs a day for optimal health. It's good for weight loss, digestive diseases, heart disease, and diabetes.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 21, 2013
at 09:50 PM

Anyone trying to claim a magic number is wrong. A broken clock is right twice a day.

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