What constitutes a low-carb diet?
Topic: What constitutes a low-carb diet?
January 22, 2020 / By Jiphtah Question:
I'm quite healthy and would like to do some experimenting with carb intake.What should be the upper and lower limits for carb intake? I plan to cut all grain and sugar forms of carbs, so what other high-carb foods should I limit/eliminate? I've heard a lot about the Paleo diet, any opinions of that since it's naturally low-carb? Thanks!
Best Answers: What constitutes a low-carb diet?
Gord | 4 days ago
There's not a universal definition -- it's actually a subject of debate in the world of dieting. Figure the average American probably eats maybe 300 grams of carbs per day. So anything less than that is somewhat low carb.
But, you're not low-carb to the point of it being effective until you're below about 100 grams. And serious low-carb dieters typically aim for less than 20 - 50 grams a day. The traditional Atkins induction period limits to 20 grams per day. A similar approach with the "Protein Power"plan is less than 30 grams. The initial stage of the South Beach diet is about in that zone also.
Cutting grains and sugar definitely gets you most of the way there. That said, be cautious about the sugar added to processed foods -- anything in a can, jar, box, or bag. 80% of that stuff has added sugar. Ie, steak is good, but steak SAUCE is usually just sugar. Barbecue meat good; barbecue SAUCE is sugar, etc. Anything with a label -- either avoid it or check carefully for carb content.
Now if you really want to restrict carbs, then avoid some things that are otherwise whole, natural foods that a paleo person might eat: white and sweet potatoes, butternut squash, honey, most fruit. Nuts are OK but be careful to avoid eating too much of them, as they do have carbs that add up. A lot of Paleos make good use of "fake flours" like almond meal and coconut flour to make paleo versions of baked goods. You can try some on occasion, but avoid eating too much
Low carbers will sometimes eat berries. But aside from that, the go-to fruits are the few high-fat fruits: coconut products, olives, and avocados.
I do like the paleo diet -- hard to criticize a diet that involves eating whole, natural foods. You can debate some specifics and what we do and don't know about our ancestral diet habits, but in general it's hard to argue that there's anything wrong with eating more or less they way humans evolved to eat, as opposed to today's obviously-unnatural diet.
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Originally Answered: What constitutes a heavy meal?
what you've listed would probably make up my main meal of the day but i don't consider it a heavy meal. if i was younger i would be more active and that might well be my lunch around 1 or 2 pm and i'd have afternoon snacks around 4.30 pm.
Originally Answered: What constitutes a heavy meal?
I would not consider that a heavy meal but it sounds like a lot. It sounds like a lot of a little bit of everything. Nothing you have had sounds unhealthy. You did not mention the quantity of some of the vegetables but even if you had a large bowl of each they are all healthy and provide fiver and nutrients with few calories.
I would think a heavy meal would be, Ribeye steak, baked potato loaded with butter, sour cream, chives, bacon, a side salad and a vegetable and a nice slice of some sort of chocolate cake for dessert. Or a meal like you would have on Thanksgiving or Christmas, one that after you eat you don't want to move for a day.
Now if you have had just one leaf of kale, one slice of cucumber one snap pea I think you have a distorted view of a healthy meal. But then again you have just mentioned lunch, I have no idea what you ate for breakfast nor what you will eat for dinner and if you have had a snack between any of the meals.
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Originally Answered: I'm on a low carb diet but i crave cholcolate, badly! anyone know of a low carb chocolate recipe?
get off the low carb diet.
it is not healthy for you. Atkins is a fraud.
Especially if you crave chocolate. You will eventually go off this diet.
Diets don't work because people look at them as short term and say "i'm going on this till I lose 10, 20, 30lbs, etc."
When they go off, they eat like crap and put the weight back on, and usually put on MORE weight because they used a nutritionally and physically unhealthy diet, like atkins or low-carb. which plays havoc with your body as it does not preserve muscle and encourages you to take in large amounts of fat- sugar is only one part of it. The reason you will gain back MORE weight when you go off it- (and eventually you will, your body craves sugar in fruits because it needs it and those things are healthy for you- while chocolate is not) because you will have lost muscle as your body will have not been getting what it needs to help preserve it and support muscle maintenance and growth.
Muscle increases your metabolism. less muscle = more fat (loosely).
I suggest instead to you to read some nutrition books and understand the effect of what you eat on you from a scientific standpoint, not a standpoint of someone giving you false diet information in order to sell thier diet plan.
Develop your own eating plan (I say eating plan because it needs to be a LIFELONG CHANGE, but you develop one you can live with) based on healthy choices, you can even work in a "cheat" day where you can eat your chocolate. Something your current "diet" doesn't have.
A healthier version of chocolate (although it still has high calories and high sugar) than regular chocolate is dark chocolate. Not just "hershey's" crap you see in the commercial- which is actually only 45% or so pure, try lindts 85% pure dark chocolate- it is more bitter than you are used to, but for a better choice than milk chocolate it is not a bad treat so long as you limit yourself.