Low Carb Diet Question?
Topic: Low Carb Diet Question?
January 26, 2020 / By Jehudi Question:
Hi, I just recently started cutting carbs from my diet and consume less than 20g net of carbs per day for the past week (if you dont count lima beans). I have several questions. First, I was looking around online, and found somewhere that low carb dieters have to eat fat, and it actually claimed fatty foods to be better than the veggies. I was wondering if that's true, and if we really have to consume fat to enter ketosis. Second, I eat 2 egg whites with tomato and a bit of chicken for breakfast. For lunch, I eat salad mixed with chicken. And for dinner, I eat tomato+lima bean+chicken soup. I plan on adding broccoli and spinach to my diet. That is my typical diet since last Wednesday. I was wondering if that diet is okay. I looked up carbs for lima beans and it seems to have a lot, but they also said it has a lot of fiber. Is is okay to eat lima beans? and if it isn't, what are some good beans to replace them with? Third, I've been eating salad to fill myself when I'm hungry, but everything I used to put in my salad, I had to remove due to it being high in carbs, such as onions and carrots. Right now my salad is only tomato and lettuce -_-. I was wondering if I could have some suggestions on SIMPLE additions to my salads to make it easier to eat, maybe some sauces or dressings, or oils that are low in carb, or even some veggies that I have't thought of. My last question is, How much is too much protein? is 2 eggs, and like meat equivalent to roughly 4-5 medium sized chicken legs a day too much protein? Chicken breast meat is lean meat right? I exercise 3 times a week, but they're consecutive days. Summer would be the ideal time for me to attempt ketosis, since I would be able to excercise every day and drink water whenever I wanted, but I didn't want to wait that long to lose lower belly fat. Also, is it possible for ketosis to fill our bodies with toxins? Thank you for the help, I appreciate it.
PS: Do you guys have any suggestions on simple meals or snacks? I suck at cooking, and I don't want to bother my mom every time I'm hungry. Oh, and I also forgot to ask, are we still supposed to count calories when on a low carb diet?
Should I be eating the good fats only or doesn't it matter? and should I lower my veggie intake? I'm scared of eating too much fat in case I never achieve ketosis and I gained weight for no reason. And thank you for the awesome answers, I appreciate it. I decided to do low carb so I can lose my lower belly fat only because my situps are useless if theres belly fat.
Lastly should I wait to try to enter ketosis till summer, because I don't have much time now to exercise and won't be able to burn off all the fat ill be eating trying to enter it
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Gemariah | 2 days ago
Those are great questions, and I don't have time to answer them all. Actually you should post multiple questions, you don't have to cram them all into one post.
A lot of people find low-carb works well for them, and there are very fundamental reason for it. There's nothing wrong with ketosis -- no it does not fill your body with toxins (that's silly, it's a natural body process to burn fat). The only problem is that a lot of people find it hard to achieve. For ketosis, yes you have to eat fat. Fat MUST be the majority of your calories. If you eat more than a modest amount of protein, and more than a very few carbs, you won't go into ketosis. Both carbs and protein stimulate the release of insulin, and any insulin will knock you flat out of ketosis.
BUT -- you don't have to be in full-blown ketosis. Eating low carb can still work well even if you don't happen to get as far as the state of ketosis.
Very low carb, moderate protein ... you must get energy from somewhere. Low carb does not mean starving. So yes you must eat fat. There's nothing wrong with eating fat, and it's been a horrible mistake for public health authorities to push the idea that there is (the result of their efforts -- obesity and diabetes at record rates). The idea is based on junk science and politics, it's never been scientifically sound. Americans eat less fat today than 30 years ago, have swapped in more carbs instead, and gotten fatter and fatter.
And in fact you simply cannot live on a diet of lean protein. You can't eat a low-carb, low-fat, high protein diet. It makes people feel bad and no one sticks with it. So please, you need to proudly embrace this: like me, you are on a LOW CARB HIGH FAT DIET. In Sweden, they use the term LCHF, and it's quite popular there.
Ideas for good fat intake: whole eggs, avocado, nuts (best is macadamia nuts), nut butters, butter on everything you want to but butter on, cheeses, FULL-FAT *PLAIN* yogurt, abundant use of such oils as olive oil, macadamia nut oil and avocado oil; olives. And of course meat, the fattier the cuts the better. Chicken legs and bacon are great examples. Good snacks -- deli meat, beef sticks, string cheese, plain yogurt.
Don't worry about putting a bit of onions and carrots in salad. They contain sugar but very little for the amount a person actually uses. You have to eat a significant amount of those vegetables to get many carbs. Unless you're going to sit there and eat two whole onions, it's not enough to worry about.
Don't count calories. The part of this people don't understand is that carbs stimulate an unnatural degree of hunger. Most people don't understand what it is to have NORMAL levels of hunger, which are muted. Eating low-carb, you spontaneously settle into to eating a lower volume of food, and you're satisfied and not obsessive. You can "eat all you want", because you don't want to overeat.
*** Abdul, The only bad fat is transfats (like margarine). Also polyunsaturated seed oils are not great and best avoided. Both are unnatural (seeds are natural but it's unnatural to use an industrial steam press to squeeze useful amounts of oil from them.) If you just stick to natural foods you'll have no problems -- hence animal fat of any kind is good not bad, olive, avocado, coconut oil, butter, sour cream, etc. All of us low-carbers LOVE coconut oil. Fat does not make you fat. I realize it's hard to fully grasp because we've all been brainwashed and misled. If eating very low carbs, you could not make yourself fat by eating fats, even if you were trying to win a bet.
No need to wait to try ketosis if you want to try that. You'll likely lose some weight even if you don't exercise. You won't fatten up. One caution, some people feel week or lethargic right as their bodies convert to fat burning. Don't be alarmed, It's just temporary. If you're eating fat you'll be fine.
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Originally Answered: Hi, Quick question about low carb diet well pregnant?
40 grams of carbs sounds right... in general, it is usually less...
Your doctor's goal might be to keep you from eating the highly refined foods that cause you to gain so much weight... those high in carbs (sugar) and don't provide enough nutrients that you need during your pregnancy...
Avoid anything white... lots of veggies... nice protein... good fats (like real butter, olive oil, etc...)
Good luck and congratulations...
Get off the scales! Seeing that women, our weight can fluctuate in line with our menstrual cycle, water preservation and meal times. So avoid standing on the scales many times to avoid becoming obsessed along with demotivated.
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Keep healthier dessert options accessible so you have something to take pleasure from during office birthdays and various other celebrations.
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If you eat low carb you need fat. Fat is good for you. Do not fear it. Eat saturated and monounsaturated fats and avoid trans fats and polyunsaturated fats. You do need fat to enter ketosis. You have to get your calories from somewhere and too many carbs and too much protein prevents you from getting into ketosis.
It sounds like you need to eat more. Add some fat to your diet. Eat those yolks and some chicken with the skin. Cook the eggs in butter/olive oil/coconut oil. Put some olive oil on your salad.
I wouldn't eat lima beans, or any beans, when trying to go low carb.
Eat the carrots and onions. If you eat as many veggies as you want you can still be low carb. Just avoid things like sweet potato, regular potatoes, squash etc. And if you stop eating beans and eat more veggies you will likely eat fewer carbs.
Here are some dressing you can make
To get into ketosis you don't want to overdo the protein. I'm not exactly sure how much you can eat but I think you want low-moderate protein. If your just doing low carb eat .7-1 gram of protein per pound of lean body mass.
Ketosis does not fill you body with toxins.
Google paleo recipes. Many will be low carb.
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Diet soda is indeed allowed on a low-carb diet. Just be sure to drink at least 8 glasses of water daily, too!!! PS.. It's not terrible to drink diet soda...Of course you shouldn't drink more than a couple of servings a day, but come on...to those people who were saying that you should stay away from soda for good...that's just stupid. We should all be able to treat ourselves once in a while to prevent going crazy one day by splurging!
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Originally Answered: Is bread a carb. Does low carb mean no carb or should you have a certain amount in your diet.?
Bread is definitely high in carbohydrate. Carbohydrates are high in energy (i.e. calories), but in most cases you should have a reasonable amount of carbohydrate in your diet.
Whole wheat carbs are great, as they release energy slowly, so your body will receive energy over time and you will not get hungry as quick. Whole wheat is better than processed carbs (such as white bread) because processed carbs are simpler carbs, like sugars, so they are absorbed by the body much quicker, and you will get hungry again sooner.
Your body needs energy just to exist. It needs even more if you exercise. You need 1500-2500 calories per day just to exist (though it varies on your body composition). Carbohydrates are definitely important to give you energy. Low carb does not mean no carb. However, virtually all foods have some carbohydrate in them.
If you are at a healthy weight and moderately active, you should be fine eating carbs at every meal.