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Curvycurly
05-15-2012, 04:29 PM
Ok well at least not everyday! I've been having a smoothie every morning consisting of a banana, couple strawberries, ice, and fat free yogurt. And I'm always going over my sugar/carb count. Ive been attempting to low carb.I never thought the banana was to blame until I looked it up on my fitness pal. 30 carbs?! Really? I've been trying to figure out what fruits are low carb and seems like berries are my best bet?


JohnP
05-15-2012, 04:34 PM
Yes. Berries are low carb amoung the common fruits.

ValRock
05-15-2012, 04:38 PM
Ah yes... bananas. They are very starchy and carby!


ELBS717
05-15-2012, 04:41 PM
berries and also apples are good because although they have carbs, the fiber in the peel helps keep your insulin response from spiking. :)

sontaikle
05-15-2012, 04:48 PM
Ah, Bananas.

I enjoy every carby, sugary bite ;)

Although I bet your yogurt has quite a few carbs and sugar too!

nelie
05-15-2012, 04:53 PM
I usually add 1/3 to 1/2 of a banana to my smoothies. I don't eat low carb though.

LockItUp
05-15-2012, 05:32 PM
According to the ads that pop up while I'm here on 3FC if you eat bananas you CANNOT lose weight! LOL.

Seriously though, I know what you mean. If you are watching your carbs it's definitely a higher carb fruit.

I'm doing, what I consider, to be lower carb. . .as in lower than I was several weeks ago. From 200-300 carbs/day to under 100, and that's mainly because I've upped my protein by so much, the calories had to be shifted from somewhere.

I have a banana sometimes if I want one, I just have to watch the rest of my carbs for the remainder of the day.

LeilaJey
05-15-2012, 05:41 PM
I eat a few bananas a week. Never more than 1 a day though but I haven't noticed them affecting me negatively. Affecting me deliciously maybe :D

caramelkitty
05-15-2012, 06:00 PM
Affecting me deliciously maybe :D

LOL I was just gonna write that! If I have one I have it earlier in the day so I give my body time to get over the carb intake. I don't think there's a scientific link to what I'm saying, but it works for me. I personally think the 105 calories from it can be used on something else, but I tend to obsess a little.

Btw, I totally walked past the bananas at the grocery store today thinking..."mmmmm maybe not" and bought raspberries and blueberries instead. :lol:

LandonsBaby
05-15-2012, 06:18 PM
I buy bananas when I see really tiny ones which isn't often. I'll put 2 or 3 oz in a smoothie with raspberries. If you have someone at home who also likes bananas you could share one so you still get the flavor with less carbs. Some people save them but I think they turn gross, so I've never done it.

LeilaJey
05-15-2012, 06:19 PM
LOL I was just gonna write that! If I have one I have it earlier in the day so I give my body time to get over the carb intake. I don't think there's a scientific link to what I'm saying, but it works for me. I personally think the 105 calories from it can be used on something else, but I tend to obsess a little.

Btw, I totally walked past the bananas at the grocery store today thinking..."mmmmm maybe not" and bought raspberries and blueberries instead. :lol:

Haha, I eat 1/2-1 in the morning if I have one too. Mmm blueberries! It's hard to find good fruit in my local shop but they have a mountain of bananas.

Emmy501
05-15-2012, 07:07 PM
I usually freeze them and then add them to my smoothie. I have to have my bananas. I usually buy the smallest I can find.

Thkdiff
05-15-2012, 07:16 PM
Ok well at least not everyday! I've been having a smoothie every morning consisting of a banana, couple strawberries, ice, and fat free yogurt. And I'm always going over my sugar/carb count. Ive been attempting to low carb.I never thought the banana was to blame until I looked it up on my fitness pal. 30 carbs?! Really? I've been trying to figure out what fruits are low carb and seems like berries are my best bet?

I miss my bananas with peanut butter! Sooo good. But its been a while, not eating too many because of the carbs. Blueberries, Strawberries and blackberries is what I use for shakes, taste good, and I love berries too.

chickadee32
05-15-2012, 07:45 PM
Mmm, bananas. I like them a lot, but don't eat them all that often because most of the time I'd just rather use my calories and carbs for other things. I eat blackberries and/or raspberries almost every day though - lots of fiber, and they're yummy!

Arctic Mama
05-15-2012, 07:54 PM
I do low carb, in several forms depending on where I am at in my weight control, and berries, grapefruit, and lemons are my standby if I am having fruit. Low on the glycemic index and in small quantities is my rule, as the fructose in fruit has arguable deleterious effects on the liver. So I have two servings or so a day and call it good :)

electrongirl
05-15-2012, 07:56 PM
I have a banana almost every day. 65lb gone. It hasn't affected my weight loss! :D

kaplods
05-15-2012, 08:13 PM
I am carb sensitive, and lose best when I keep my carb level around 100g of carbs or less (too much less though and I experience deleterious effects such as headaches, irritability, and in extreme cases dizziness and even
passing out).

To keep my carb level in target range, I use a low-carb exchange plan (modeled after the "high protein" exchange plans on websites like frugalabundance.com). This way, I can "spend" my exchanges any way I want (but I try to use paleo guidelines more often than not).

On exchange plans, all the food/portions within an exchange category have similar calorie and carb content, so I can let the exchange plan "count" the carbs and calories for me, and I just have to "spend" my alotted exchanges.

Most exchange plans use the same exchanges, so on most plans, one fruit exchange can be spent on 1.25 cups of strawberries or 1/2 of a medium banana (maybe 1/4 a cup). I usually choose berries, because I get a much larger serving for for my exchange "buck."

I do still buy and eat bananas and other higher glycemic fruits, I just have to work them into my plan, and try to lower the glycemic index by eating the higher glycemic fruits with fat and/or protein.

canadianwoman
05-15-2012, 10:54 PM
I usually freeze them and then add them to my smoothie. I have to have my bananas. I usually buy the smallest I can find.

Yup. Buy the smallest bananas you can find and only use a half a banana for your smoothie. Put the other half in a sandwich baggie or a plastic reuseable container and pop it into the freezer for the next smoothie. That cuts the calories and the carbs in half.

Natasha22
05-15-2012, 11:10 PM
Ah, I love bananas, I try to limit how many I eat though simply because they always leave me craving for more. :D I also love grapes, but I can't really recommend those either to someone who wants to lose weight. Apples and berries all the way!

Curvycurly
05-16-2012, 10:42 AM
Thank for all the replies! I love carbs so I've been trying to stick to about 75 per day as opposed to 200/300 like I used to eat. I picked up some blackberries and rasberries from the store last night! :D

Also some sugar snap peas...never had then before. They are really good! Wasn't expecting them to be so sweet and crunchy

JossFit
05-16-2012, 11:41 AM
Ok well at least not everyday! I've been having a smoothie every morning consisting of a banana, couple strawberries, ice, and fat free yogurt. And I'm always going over my sugar/carb count. Ive been attempting to low carb.I never thought the banana was to blame until I looked it up on my fitness pal. 30 carbs?! Really? I've been trying to figure out what fruits are low carb and seems like berries are my best bet?


I hate to come off as rude, but doesn't it seem silly to try to do a low carb diet WITHOUT looking first to see how many carbs are in the foods you're eating? It doesn't seem like "low carb" is just something you can go guessing at if you aren't very macronutrient savvy.

Beach Patrol
05-16-2012, 11:47 AM
Yuummmmm!!! Bananas!!!! Quick, easy, delicious!!! ...and they dance well, too, LOL... :cb:

Good source of potassium... but like everything else I put in my mouth... "all in moderation" :D

Curvycurly
05-16-2012, 12:37 PM
I hate to come off as rude, but doesn't it seem silly to try to do a low carb diet WITHOUT looking first to see how many carbs are in the foods you're eating? It doesn't seem like "low carb" is just something you can go guessing at if you aren't very macronutrient savvy.

I just started my weight loss journey the beginning of last month and used to eat a very carb heavy diet (lots of bread, rice, and pasta everyday) So to cut all that from my diet and eat lots of protein and veggies now is low carb for me. Ive lost 20 pounds by doing this so I don't think it's silly.

JossFit
05-16-2012, 12:49 PM
I just started my weight loss journey the beginning of last month and used to eat a very carb heavy diet (lots of bread, rice, and pasta everyday) So to cut all that from my diet and eat lots of protein and veggies now is low carb for me. Ive lost 20 pounds by doing this so I don't think it's silly.


Oh no, I don't think your METHOD is silly at all, and congratulations on your loss so far! 20 pounds in less than two months is fantastic! :carrot: I just meant that if your approach is to try and go low carb/keto/high carb/adkins/paleo/cabbage soup diet ... whatever method - it helps to research it first. That way, if you STOP getting results you can go back and figure out why. Being on a plan isn't much good if you don't follow it.

I do see what you mean though, that you're basically going lower carb than you had been. :D

LockItUp
05-16-2012, 01:10 PM
Thought of this thread when I had a banana this morning :)

MsBrightside
05-16-2012, 01:33 PM
Mmmm I love me some bananas! I have to eat em in the morning :) also, they may have a higher carb count than other fruits but they are far more healthy and delicious than say a slice of bread. Plus they tend to fill me up and load me on my potassium!

sontaikle
05-16-2012, 01:33 PM
Thought of this thread when I had a banana this morning :)

Thinking about this thread makes me want one of the dark chocolate covered bananas I have sitting in the freezer. Guess what I'm having when I get home? :lol:

LockItUp
05-16-2012, 01:34 PM
Mmmmmm! Maybe I'll bust out my Yonanas tonight and have a banana stawberry "icecrem".

Curvycurly
05-16-2012, 02:22 PM
Oh no, I don't think your METHOD is silly at all, and congratulations on your loss so far! 20 pounds in less than two months is fantastic! :carrot: I just meant that if your approach is to try and go low carb/keto/high carb/adkins/paleo/cabbage soup diet ... whatever method - it helps to research it first. That way, if you STOP getting results you can go back and figure out why. Being on a plan isn't much good if you don't follow it.

I do see what you mean though, that you're basically going lower carb than you had been. :D


Thanks! And congrats on your loss too! Amazing!
I'm not really on a specific plan yet so ya still lots of research for me! :)
I'm very happy to have found this site