How many carbs in a low carb diet?
Topic: How many carbs in a low carb diet?
November 17, 2019 / By Genista Question:
I'm going to try a low carb diet combined with my normal workout routine. I understand low carb doesn't mean no carb. How many carbs should I be taking in to be considered low carb and still be healthy?
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Delice | 1 day ago
Start out very low. You are trying to trigger ketosis, where your body shifts to using fat and protein for energy. I would shoot for around 25-50 grams per day, and spread it out, so your body shifts into a ketogenic state. The whole theory behind low carb is that when you body doesn't have carbs to convert into glucose and glycogen for energy, it produced ketones, which convert fat stores into energy. Your body can also use dietary fat as an immediate energy source. The key here, is that you must take in fats. You can't go low carb, low fat, or you will cause nutritional issues, and overwork your liver and kidneys trying to convert too much protein to glucose. The absolute maximum carbohydrates you can take in would be 200 grams approx. I would stay well under this, so as not to cause your body to hover around without going ketogenic. At first, you may have carb cravings. This will occur until your body fully switches into ketosis.
I personally don't recommend the low carb approach unless you are targeting short term fat loss. Learning to eat a clean low saturated fat diet, with plenty of carbs, and counting calories, is ultimately and healthier, and better balanced, lifestyle.
Best of luck!
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Originally Answered: How many carbs a day can I eat on a low carb diet?
This is very individual, even for a diabetic, so there is no right answer. I would try cutting out bread to start with, as an excess of yeast ingestion may contribute to your problem.
You can get by with as little as 24g of carbs a day, but this will depend on many things, your activity level/excercise, what you have had to eat previously and your health generally/what other meds you are on.
For a low carb diet there is the atkins type, south beach (popular with diabetics) or ultra low carb from diabetes specialist Dr Richard K Bernstein:
Okay. What I did was to stay at 20 carbs or less per day. I kinda was obsessive with it though. I did lose about 25 pounds in 2 months or so. The only reason I went on this diet was because my Doctor said I had elevated tryglicerides. I think I took the diet overboard...just be careful with it..you will gain the weight back-I did and then some. I think its very unhealthy....:) I won't do it again. Good luck to you
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You'll probably find it extremely difficult to get slim using a Low Carb Dieting Plan. Low carb diets have recently become popular over the last couple years, but the problem with low carb menus is that they are too strict and TOO HARD TO FOLLOW for average people. Low carb menus tend to rob your body of too much energy (carbohydrates) and make it nearly impossible to remain on the program for very long. This is why so many dieters find it difficult to follow a strict low carbohydrate menu.
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Start with 20 a day. If you did this for the rest of your life it would not be the best idea, but you do it for 2 weeks to really kick start your metabolism. Then you incorporate good carbs back in gradually. It is called Atkins. ;-)
And it IS healthy, my blood pressure is way down.
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Determine what is your usual daily carb intake. Determine what is daily recommended allowance for carbs. Pick an amount greater than daily recommended and less than your usual. Though this doesn't truly give you "LOW" carb, it does assure you "LOWER" carbs.
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Originally Answered: If I eat carbs right now, on a low carb diet, can I just burn them off by running?
Depends of the carbs. If they are complex carbs like whole grains, they are good for you. Simple carbs like sugar will likely make you crash during your run. I wouldn't obsess about it though if you don't normally have big bowls of simple carb cereals. Stressing about your diet is worse for your diet than just about anything else.