Low Carb Frequently Asked Questions - How many grams in carbs do you eat per day?




LLV
04-29-2007, 01:11 PM
I just went through my fitday logs and noticed I'm eating between 100-150 grams of carbs per day. I'm thinking this may be a little too much and quite possibly why my weight loss has stalled (actually it's gone up a few pounds as of late from adding in more calories to maintain). So I need to drop back again and was thinking of backing off of the carb calories as well. Thought maybe that would help get my weight back down.

So I was wondering, what would you consider to be high carb? Am I eating too many? What does everyone here shoot for in grams?

Thanks! :wave:


JerseyGyrl
04-30-2007, 09:30 AM
I just celebrated 3 years on Atkins. My carbs per day are between 25-30. Mainly vegetables & salad.

Lovemylife
04-30-2007, 10:46 AM
Well, I am on day 6 of induction and have no ideal. I do not log anywhere. However, I do read everything to make sure no carbs or very little and if there are any carbs in it, I limit it to a small serving. I just don't eat anything not on adkins. I have lost only 2# so far which I think is because the ketosis has not yet curbed my appetite and I think I am eating too much cheese (have slowed down considerably on this). Maybe next week I will lose more.


Lovemylife
04-30-2007, 10:47 AM
By the way, your weight loss is impressive. I don't know how you have been eating, but most of the major holidays are gone that sell candy and junk for them, so this time of year is easier as we can always take a salad to a BBQ and ask that they not marinade or put sauce on any of our meat.

LLV
04-30-2007, 06:29 PM
I just celebrated 3 years on Atkins. My carbs per day are between 25-30. Mainly vegetables & salad.

Oh my gosh, I know I could never eat that little of carbs, LOL. I'd go bananas.

By the way, your weight loss is impressive. I don't know how you have been eating, but most of the major holidays are gone that sell candy and junk for them, so this time of year is easier as we can always take a salad to a BBQ and ask that they not marinade or put sauce on any of our meat.

I've never really counted carbs. Your body NEEDS a certain amount and I think Atkins induction is way too low. However, I sometimes think I eat a little too many of them.

But everyone is different, whatever works for them!

Thanks for the compliment :)

lilybelle
05-01-2007, 08:13 AM
LLV, after switching from Atkins to Calorie Counting about 4 months ago, I try to stay at 50-75 carbs per day. I almost always have Oats or Whole Wheat Pancakes with SF syrup for breakfast. I try to have salad with grilled meat for lunch on most days. Then I have grilled or broiled meat, salad and green veggies for dinner. Snack is usually fruit. Even though I'm no longer really doing Atkins, it helps me to keep my carbs at the lower range.

LLV
05-01-2007, 09:42 AM
LLV, after switching from Atkins to Calorie Counting about 4 months ago, I try to stay at 50-75 carbs per day. I almost always have Oats or Whole Wheat Pancakes with SF syrup for breakfast. I try to have salad with grilled meat for lunch on most days. Then I have grilled or broiled meat, salad and green veggies for dinner. Snack is usually fruit. Even though I'm no longer really doing Atkins, it helps me to keep my carbs at the lower range.

I think that's a very good idea. The last couple of days I've been eating about 80-90 grams of carbs per day. I suppose that's a little better than 150. And when I looked at why my carbs were that high, it's because I was eating things like English Muffins, buns for sandwiches, tortillas, that sort of thing. I eat a lot of pita bread and that's always the whole wheat. But I was slipping back into some white bread habits there for a while. So it's not really that I need to worry about fewer carbs, I just need to make sure my carbs are of better quality, rather than white breads. Like one day most of my carbs came from whole wheat pita bread and lima beans, which was good.

But white breads and muffins and all that? I need to back off of that stuff.

JerseyGyrl
05-01-2007, 10:03 AM
LLV,
You are correct, everyone is different. I eat mainly veggies & salad. For me, keeping my carbs between 25-30 has worked very well. I've completely cut out bread, potato's, rice, pasta, sugar, caffeine and although Atkins allows it, I limit cheese to probably less than 1 oz a day (I found it stalls me). I drink a lot of water...128 oz a day. I try to avoid snacks. I realize everyone is not this strict but...it works for me!!:carrot:

Lovemylife
05-01-2007, 03:26 PM
Jerseygyrl, when you say 20-30 a day, do you count the cheese and salad dressing into that count?

LLV
05-01-2007, 04:14 PM
LLV,
You are correct, everyone is different. I eat mainly veggies & salad. For me, keeping my carbs between 25-30 has worked very well. I've completely cut out bread, potato's, rice, pasta, sugar, caffeine and although Atkins allows it, I limit cheese to probably less than 1 oz a day (I found it stalls me). I drink a lot of water...128 oz a day. I try to avoid snacks. I realize everyone is not this strict but...it works for me!!:carrot:

That's right, it's whatever works for you ;)

As long as you don't feel you're depriving yourself. I definitely couldn't do that. And I'll admit, there's no way I could live without pasta and potatoes. Rice? Meh, you can have it. And I really don't eat potatoes all that often. Not white potatoes, anyway. I eat a lot of sweet potatoes. But live without pasta? Eeeek! I'd end up in a straight jacket! :joker:

JerseyGyrl
05-01-2007, 06:05 PM
Jerseygyrl, when you say 20-30 a day, do you count the cheese and salad dressing into that count?


Absolutely! I don't eat much cheese..just a small pinch of shredded mozzarella or cheddar on my salad. I use Ranch dressing that is 1 carb for 2 Tablespoons.

JerseyGyrl
05-01-2007, 06:07 PM
But live without pasta? Eeeek! I'd end up in a straight jacket! :joker:

Funny thing is...I'm Italian and I've never really cared much for pasta! Give me spaghetti squash with low carb alfredo sauce...Yummo!!!!!

lilybelle
05-02-2007, 03:06 AM
LLV, I still use the low-carb whole wheat tortillas and occasionally have some wheat bread. I got so used to not eating bread that it really doesn't bother me much. My wt. seems to do best when I eat fewer carbs and more protein as it keeps me full longer. But, I do need the wheat because of the problem I have with my tummy. My breakfast is the main difference in how I eat now. Plus, I eat liberally of most any kind of fruit. I've had wheat pasta a couple of times, but not very often. I prefer sweet potatoes over white potatoes. I still limit peas, corn, rice and almost never have any sugar or white flour. After all the cheese that I ate when I was on Atkins, I've found that I can live without it for now. Someday I might want cheese or eggs again, but not now.

LLV
05-02-2007, 08:28 AM
Funny thing is...I'm Italian and I've never really cared much for pasta! Give me spaghetti squash with low carb alfredo sauce...Yummo!!!!!

Mmmmmmmm, spaghetti squash. I love that stuff.

LLV, I still use the low-carb whole wheat tortillas

I tried those and didn't like them. I didn't like the texture. So when I have a tortilla (I like wrapping veggies and stuff up in them), which really isn't all that often, I just have a regular flour tortilla.


I prefer sweet potatoes over white potatoes.

Actually, I do, too. In fact I'm having one for lunch today.

I still limit peas, corn, rice and almost never have any sugar or white flour. After all the cheese that I ate when I was on Atkins, I've found that I can live without it for now. Someday I might want cheese or eggs again, but not now.

Yes, I imagine one would get a little burned out on something if they ate it too often. I know I've burned myself out on a few foods as well.

To this day I can't look at a carrot stick, LOL.

sirak
05-02-2007, 09:16 AM
My average carbs per day have been between 90-103 for the past three months. April was a slow month on the scale and that is when I had the higher average.
My big carb sin is a low fat granola bar. It's around 100 calories, has a slight drizzle of chocolate and 22 carbs. It's my little something to eat when I miss eating chocolate or a sweet.
I also eat grapefruit and yogurt which have about 20 carbs.
I don't miss bread either, it also went with butter which really made me fat.

LLV
05-03-2007, 05:42 PM
My average carbs per day have been between 90-103 for the past three months.

That's about what I'm averaging right now, since I started paying a little more attention to it. Usually between 80-100. But before I was hitting 150 and sometimes higher. Not that I've ever really been big on the carb thing. I never bothered counting carbs and I still lost over 80 pounds. But now that I'm almost at goal and I started going up on the scale (eeeeeeeek!) I decided to do something different and figured I'd try watching how many carbs I was eating. I was 136 (even hit 137 one day) and now I'm back down to 134. Possibly just water weight, but whatever. It makes me feel better to be closer to 130 than 140.

cctrible
05-08-2007, 08:48 AM
hi all!!! i'm new to the atkins diet...have done ww in the past and the fat smash but i am really loosing w/the atkins...i read that the initial carb intake is 20-25 to start with and this is what i've been following and i'm down 5 lbs in the first week (cheated a lil) but have been eating steak w/cheese, sweet italian sausage and chicken breast w/cheddar cheese and a lil ranch dressing on top. if you go to this website it has a link for a "free mini carb counter" ... very helpful!!! good luck everyone.

Puncezilla
05-08-2007, 03:28 PM
Hi cctrible! Congrats on the 5lbs. Glad you are doing so well. Come join us in our weekly chat, we love to have new people.

Mylifeinthemovie
05-20-2007, 09:47 PM
The Adkins guide says that you should be eating from 40-60 carbs per day. I'm just in the introduction though. You should check out the book, it has all the answers you'll need :)

JerseyGyrl
05-21-2007, 06:13 AM
The Adkins guide says that you should be eating from 40-60 carbs per day.

Can I ask exactly where you read this?

CarolynFL
05-27-2007, 08:10 PM
Give me spaghetti squash with low carb alfredo sauce...Yummo!!!!!

Now that sounds DELICIOUS! I would never have thought squash would be an option on low carb...

Puncezilla
05-27-2007, 11:28 PM
Spaghetti squash is great for low carb, as are summer squashes, most of the winter type squash are a lot higher.

slimdownmomof2
05-30-2007, 03:33 PM
I don't write it down either but know I probably should. I also probably only eat 25-30 carbs a day but I've only been doing this for about 4 months. I really wanted to be strict until I was closer to maintaining and then I will up it as long as I'm not gaining. I really think it's not just the amount of carbs but also what carbs you are eating like there is a difference in my weightloss if I eat vegetables as carbs vs a lot of salad dressing etc. Like I think I could get a way with eating more carbs if I wasn't so lazy and prepared my veggies with dinner more. That's my opinion though. :)