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jambo101

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How do you count carbs
« on: January 16, 2014, 07:31:13 AM »
 I've read Wheat Belly and Grain Brain and am now living something along the lines of the Paleo diet, low carbs seem to be something i'm supposed to be striving for but i dont understand how to know how many carbs are in any given product.
Any help will be appreciated.
Thanks

HungryinTN

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Re: How do you count carbs
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2014, 07:54:22 AM »
There are lots of websites that can help with this.  I use Daily Plate to track my intake, especially if my weight loss has been stuck.  Packaged foods are labeled with the carb count.  To calculate net carbs, just subtract fiber from total carbs.  The easiest way to eat a healthy low carb diet is just to eat mostly green veggies, fat, and protein.  If you eat less than 50 carbs a day most days, you will probably get to spend some time in ketosis, which is when the body actually starts using fat instead of glucose for energy - which means you're burning fat!

Bob Niland (Boundless)

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Re: How do you count carbs
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2014, 08:41:24 AM »
> ... how many carbs are in any given product.

Anything in a box, jar or printed package generally (in the US anyway) will have a Nutrition Facts (NF) panel.

Subtract "Dietary Fiber" from "Total Carbohydrates" and you have the "net carbs" figure that many LCHF diets (such as Wheat Belly) use.

For raw foods, there are any number of web sites that can help, such as:
http://nutritiondata.self.com/

Linda R

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Re: How do you count carbs
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2014, 08:44:00 AM »
Hungry is right on regarding the net carbs and how to count them.


I began counting carbs in July of 2008 and I continue to this day, mainly due to the fact that if I veer toward a daily total of over 20, my clothing begins to get snug.


As Hungry stated, if you buy food with a label, your nutrition info is there.
Otherwise, there are many sites to use for those counts.
Here are a few that I use.


http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/fruitcarbprofiles/
http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/vegetablecarbprofiles/
http://www.carb-counter.org/
http://www.atkins.com/Program/Carb-Counter.aspx





Linda R

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Re: How do you count carbs
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2014, 08:51:53 AM »
> ... how many carbs are in any given product.

Anything in a box, jar or printed package generally (in the US anyway) will have a Nutrition Facts (NF) panel.

Subtract "Dietary Fiber" from "Total Carbohydrates" and you have the "net carbs" figure that many LCHF diets (such as Wheat Belly) use.

For raw foods, there are any number of web sites that can help, such as:
http://nutritiondata.self.com/



Thanks Boundless
Looks like a good one, got it saved to my list.

jambo101

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Re: How do you count carbs
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2014, 09:31:15 AM »
http://www.sumptuousspoonfuls.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Green-Chile-Cheeseburger-Soup-Nutrition-Facts.png
 So for example the carbs in this soup would be 33.9 or 33.9 minus 2.6?

And in case you are wondering no i'm not going to eat such a soup

Barbara from New Jersey

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Re: How do you count carbs
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2014, 10:00:18 AM »
33.9 - 2.6 or 31.3 carbs for the serving size.

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Re: How do you count carbs
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2014, 08:55:22 PM »
I use fatsecret, probably because they have an iphone app that lets me quickly add whatever I eat wherever I happen to be.

I've been counting carbs since 2009, when I lost 30 pounds (185 to 155). 

I kept most of that off over the last almost five years, maybe creeping up to 160, then right back down again.

Since October, I've been watching protein and carbs ... trying to be more ketogenic ... and the weight has started moving down again (151 last weigh-in).

My goal is 140.

Here are my daily nutrient goals:

Daily Goal:

 25g Carbohydrates
 65g Protein
100g Fat

1260 kcal

I know 1260 seems low, but it's totally doable without starving when eating a high fat diet.

I've collected a bunch of links here: 

http://jeffgilbertson.wordpress.com/

There are also before and current pictures there, along with a graph of my weight.

One link that I find particularly useful is the Ankerl Keto Calculator:

http://keto-calculator.ankerl.com/

Highly recommended.
Low Carb Since April 2009.

Bren

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Re: How do you count carbs
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2014, 02:44:40 PM »
I went to the keto calulator and it said in one year, I would only lose ten pounds.  And that was with only 25 carbs per day.  Why is that?


VibeRadiant

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Re: How do you count carbs
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2014, 04:04:03 PM »
I don't know how to use the keto site, it seems complicated to me. 

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