Calorie Counters - Calorie counters, are you concerned about carbs?




Stars
05-01-2013, 09:15 AM
Im just wondering if you are concerned about carbs? I am a calorie counter and all I count in calories not carbs. I used to be a low carber but I never felt energetic like I do just counting calories. The most important thing is to have a calorie deficit yes? I am just wondering what everyone else is doing.


elvislover324
05-01-2013, 09:22 AM
I count calories and depend on that total number as my guideline for the day.

I don't care about carbs per se because I find them to be trigger foods that wreck my whole diet!

I don't eat potatoes, bread, crackers, and very little pasta (only if it's in a Smart Ones meal, for example). These foods make me want more and more (and more) so I can't be trusted with them.

The carbs that are in unprocessed foods (fruits and veggies, some brown rice) haven't stopped me from losing weight at all. But I'm careful with my portions.

Hope this helps!

Psychic
05-01-2013, 09:49 AM
I love me some potatoes, rice and gourmet breads. I can't count carbs.

However, I have been cutting back my portions on high carb foods like these. They taste good, but a small portion is just as satisfying as a large portion. At least, I keep telling myself that. High Carb foods are usually also high calorie anyways.


wolfgirl69
05-01-2013, 09:51 AM
I am more worried about sodium than carbs. And carbs have in no way stopped my weight loss. :D Good luck!

Tibbits2u
05-01-2013, 10:00 AM
I just count calories..if i counted carbs i would probably starve to death ! most of my most frequently eaten foods are chock full of carbs ! pasta, potatoes, cereal, Bread, frozen meals..i'm sure you all you all get the point !

as long as i am at 1300 calories a day i dont sweat the details all too much. I try my best to eat balanced meals and i do take my vitimins.

mccull83
05-01-2013, 10:11 AM
Looks like I'm similar to what everyone else has posted: counting the calories and not the carbs. I, too, try and stay away from over-doing it on the pasta and avoid having breads/pasta unless it is in a smart one or a piece of homemade whole-wheat bread with spray butter (mmmmm. think warm, soft and delicious :T and even that I hardly ever have)
I figure when my weight-loss stalls I might mess around with doing less carbs, but for now what I'm doing is working perfect for me because I don't feel deprived at all and thus hardly eat off plan.

betsy2013
05-01-2013, 10:46 AM
OK. I'll be the odd duck in this thread. I do count carbs -- mainly because I'm very carb sensitive, addicted to sugar, etc. I can lose just counting calories, but very, very, very, very slowly -- as in maybe 3 pounds a MONTH. With counting carbs as well as the calories, I can lose about 2 pounds a week.

But I need to do this. I'm insulin resistant after years of eating whatever I wanted plus having a family history of diabetes. The counting carbs approach is a valid diet approach, but in terms of counting calories and carbs, that probably depends on the person and what their bodies can handle.

Oh yeah, I also have to watch my sodium intake. I'm counting so many things, it's amazing I find time to eat!

Tuscany
05-01-2013, 10:52 AM
I'm a counter...I count just about everything. Calories, carbs, sodium, fat and protein. Perhaps it's because I'm an accountant...so counting comes naturally! That said, I primarily focus on calories and on keeping my sodium down. When it comes to carbs, I avoid bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, but don't worry about veggies or fruit.

Munchy
05-01-2013, 11:43 AM
I don't count carbs, but I do try to keep them pretty low or else I'm hungry. On a typical day, I don't usually eat bread, potatoes, pasta, or rice, (maybe one serving, if that) because the calorie counts can be a little high for my low range. Especially because I'd rather have a cocktail than more food.

Other than that, I don't worry too much.

Satine
05-01-2013, 12:05 PM
I also have insulin issues, so I count calories and carbs...I wouldn't lose weight otherwise.

Fit dad 2b
05-01-2013, 12:43 PM
I would say that I count calories, but I monitor carbs. I try to keep my net carbs under 50g per meal (or 150g per day), and if I'm really doing well, that number is closer to 100g/day. Anything more than that, and I feel some pretty intense cravings.

tdesrocher
05-01-2013, 01:34 PM
I think I too count cals but monitor carbs, Protein, fat fiber and calcium. I aim for 45-50% if my cals from carb 25% from protein 25-30% from fat.

100Mother
05-01-2013, 01:40 PM
I only count calories.

But, I do generally stay away from carbs. If I have carbs I try for whole wheats, etc. Carbs leave me feeling hungry and the sugar spike from the gluten makes me emotional. I would rather have 3 bowels of brussel sprouts ;)

I also watch sodium and fat at times. I always try to go to the store when no one else will be there so I can take my time looking at the nutirition labels of things. It is addictive!

Most important is to do what works for you. If you are losing weight, great! If you stall, maybe experiment with watching your carbs for a bit, etc.

100Mother
05-01-2013, 01:41 PM
Oh, I meant to say...since this is a lifestyle change, I want to look at the whole spectrum of health. That's why I at least think about carbs, sodium, fat, fiber, etc.

elvislover324
05-01-2013, 02:14 PM
I would rather have 3 bowels of brussel sprouts ;)



I'm feeling very immature today and this made me giggle. :lol: Talk about a high fiber food!

(I'm not the spelling police, just having a little fun. Please no one take offense!)

Bunnydream
05-01-2013, 02:19 PM
Haha! I am new to calorie counting myself. I was a big atkins/low carb dieter for a while but I didn't feel very well even though I was seeing the results I wanted.

I am now doing the LoseIt! app, it works fine for me. I am just being cautious about how much sugar I'm taking in, because a lot of times you will find low calorie but with tons of sugar...and sugar turns to fat! But you need sugar in your diet, just not...too much.

I'm still experimenting to see where this LoseIt thing will take me. After all, I hate diets. But it's all about watching quantity!

wolfgirl69
05-01-2013, 03:35 PM
Haha! I am new to calorie counting myself. I was a big atkins/low carb dieter for a while but I didn't feel very well even though I was seeing the results I wanted.

I am now doing the LoseIt! app, it works fine for me. I am just being cautious about how much sugar I'm taking in, because a lot of times you will find low calorie but with tons of sugar...and sugar turns to fat! But you need sugar in your diet, just not...too much.

I'm still experimenting to see where this LoseIt thing will take me. After all, I hate diets. But it's all about watching quantity!

Be careful with the Loseit! app if it ever goes under 1200 calories (which can cause malnutrition-and has personally made my hair fall out) adjust how much weight you want to lose. It doesn't necessarily mean that's how much you'll lose depending on your metabolism (It got my metabolism wrong by a whole pound). But even if it is do you really want yellow teeth, nails, and hair loss? The Loseit! app unlike myfitnesspal does not stop at a certain deficit. It keeps getting lower. I still use it though and LOVE it! Right now it's at 1300 calories about. So once it goes under 1200 I am going to adjust it to 1 1/2 pounds loss instead of 2. Just thought I'd warn you :)

Edit: Since your goal is 150 and you're my height you might be okay. But I'm 17 so you have to take my age into account (The app also uses age to calculate calories I think). So just be careful. :)

Vex
05-01-2013, 05:10 PM
No, I do not count carbs. The only thing I watch somewhat is sodium, but even then, not really.

kayin
05-01-2013, 06:18 PM
I primarily count calories. That is how I lose the most weight.

That said, I do eat <20 grams carbs per day only because it takes my appetite away.

I plan on going through all the phases of Atkins (pre-maintenance, and maintenance) where you slowly add carbs when you are almost at goal. So, I do plan to eat some more carbs in the future.

Novus
05-01-2013, 08:34 PM
I plan all my meals for the week in advance, and make sure that all my macronutrients - carbs, fat, protein - are within a certain range. If I eat too many carbs, I have blood sugar problems and cravings and just feel like total crap. Not enough protein and I'm hungry like a wild beast. For me, 1400 calories of mostly carbs is nothing like 1400 calories of balanced protein/carbs.

ubergirl
05-01-2013, 10:53 PM
I count calories and carbs too. My carb calories are mostly from veggies. I don't consume any rice, pasta, few fruits, and one slice of bread in the morning. I also lose weight very slowly if I don't keep tight control on the carbs.

Samantha18
05-01-2013, 11:44 PM
I don't count carbs. I have cut back on them though, mainly the white processed stuff. If I have cereal for breakfast, then I'll avoid bread for lunch and dinner. All of my breads and such are whole-grain and loaded with fiber. But if it's not carbs from grains, then I don't pay them any attention.

I can't say I will never count carbs, but considering healthy food is also loaded with carbs (apples??), I know it probably wouldn't work for me to limit them too much, especially for the rest of my life. I don't like veggies and meat enough for low-carb, and I actually do better with carbs because then I'm not so tired and hungry!

stella1609
05-02-2013, 12:09 AM
I try to choose complex carbs over simple ones when possible, but I've never tracked them. I'm semi-vegetarian (~3 servings of meat a week, mostly Chick-Fil-A, bacon bits, and pepperoni on my pizza :)) so I have to work really hard to get in enough protein for my resistance training and I do track that.

Moving Forward
05-02-2013, 12:46 AM
I count calories. Period. I love my carbs and fit them in where I can. I generally have a healthy, well balanced diet where no food is off limits.

Leaves
05-02-2013, 05:13 AM
I count calories. Period. I love my carbs and fit them in where I can. I generally have a healthy, well balanced diet where no food is off limits.

Yes, this! And as a poor student, most of my meals are made up of a carb item+lots of veggies, such as veggie curry and rice, cous cous and ratatouille etc (I'm a vegetarian too!)

I find that my carbs are relatviely on the low side anyway, however, as to eat at around 1200 calories a day, I can't have huge portions of them! I much prefer to have a smaller portion of rice with my meal and have a yoghurt for pudding rather than having a massive bowl of rice. Rice is good, but not that good!

ikesgirl80
05-02-2013, 06:33 PM
I count calories, and at the beginning of my weight loss, limited carbs to once per day, due to my insulin resistance. Now that my body has "reset", I've been eating mostly Paleo (except dark chocolate, honey in my baked goods, cheese, and the occasional potato). However, if I am eating out or really craving a gluten free grain, I have a small serving (maybe 2-3 times per month).

Lecomtes
05-02-2013, 06:40 PM
Since I am relatively new to even counting my calories, I do not count carbs, but I don't often indulge in refined carbs or potatoes, maybe once weekly. I try to keep an eye on my sodium intake though, which MFP is helpful for.

vdander24
05-02-2013, 11:45 PM
I did some basic calorie counting my first time around, and I have found that it works out the best. I a conscious of carbs, but right now I am just starting back again, so I am once again working on portion control, rather than tracking any particular component. What I love about calorie counting is that it is flexible enough to use when the budget gets tight, and you have a few more carbs to supplement, when other things are too expensive to buy this week. As I get back into the routine, the actual components, carbs,protein, fiber, etc... will get more attention.

Mia Zoe
05-03-2013, 11:04 AM
I have insulin resistance but still don't count carbs. What I've learned from my experience is that I have to be active and walk for hours to lose weight. For me, it's more significant to be active than to reduce daily carb intake. I don't eat much and keep my daily calorie intake around 1000-1200 calories. That worked for me.

MedChick87
05-05-2013, 04:51 PM
I used to count carbs a lot and I'd try to stay under 100g per day. Nowadays, I mostly count calories and protein. I find that if I try to choose foods with as much protein as possible, I'm less hungry throughout the day and unintentionally eat less carbs.

I think it's kind of psychological for me, b/c I tend to become very addicted to carbs (I could eat bread all day long). If I tell myself I can't eat bread or pasta, I just want it more. However if I have the mindset that I'm going to choose foods that will keep me full for longer (a.k.a. high protein foods), it doesn't feel as restrictive.

freelancemomma
05-05-2013, 06:36 PM
I don't worry about carbs. Tried lowish-carb (well, low compared to my normal) for 3 days and hated it. I've always lost weight by counting calories and have no deleterious effects from carbs, so why live a life without fresh olive bread and sweet-potato tempura? Nah, not for me.

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