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How many grams of carbs a day?
I've been doing low carb for a few weeks now - keeping under 50g carbs a day which all came from veggies/nuts/etc, no processed food - but I was wondering what you guys consider low carb?
I've been trying to find an answer online, but the numbers vary. I know Atkins is less than 20g at first, some diets less than 30, some 50, some let you eat up to 100g, some even go as high as 150-200g.
I don't just want to be low carb, though. I want to be in ketosis because I feel better and I lose weight. What kind of carb allowance do you give yourself? Is there an average amount that keeps you in ketosis?
The reason I ask is that now the weather is getting colder, I want to start eating oatbran for breakfast, but it comes in at about 20g carbs for 30g/2tbsp raw and that's before you add in sweetener to taste, nuts, fruit, etc. It's also the season for butternut squash as well which I love - especially roasted. But again, the carb content is quite high unless you only eat a piddly little amount. I find low carb harder in the colder months because I don't want to eat salads or anything like that. I want hot wintery food - like porridge and roasted veggies. But the carb content of the things I'd like to eat are so high!
I have been considering using ground flax/linseed instead of oatbran because I've read up that it makes a good, filling hot cereal. Has anyone else tried it? Does it taste awful?
Am I likely to knock myself out of ketosis if I give myself 75g carbs a day? Or should I just suck it up and keep to under 50g?
Everyone is different in terms of both daily levels plus what throws them out of ketosis.
Generally <50g is considered low carb but that may not be enough for ketosis. Atkins recommends first 2 weeks at 20g as most people will go into ketosis from that. He also removes trigger & other known problem foods.
Then most of atkins phases is to figure out what you can/can't eat in order to lose plus your own tolerance for carbs.
As an example, i need to stay at 30g or less in a day if i want to lose. Maintain at 30-50, I start putting on about 50g. That's really low for both. Some people can go up to 100! I also have to be careful not to get carbs all in one hit as that sets off an insatiable appetite.
So have an experiment and see what works for you
Ps for flax - try the golden version (flex flax if you can find it). It has a much lighter nuttier flavour than some of the darker ones
I'm trying to do around 60g as that is what most vlcd do carb wise (I know exante is) & 4 days in according to ketostix I'm in ketosis. Not sure how accurate they are though although I so have slightly stinky breath
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