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Old 06-06-2012, 09:29 AM   #1
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Net carbs vs. Total carbs??

Just wondering what the difference was??

I mean I hear some people count net and others count total???

Do you lose more weight counting total carbs????


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Old 06-06-2012, 09:40 AM   #2
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Subbing just to see the answers.

The simple formula is totalcarbs-fiber=netcarbs.

I've always counted net carbs, but other than mentally, I don't see why counting total carbs. If I'm staying under 20 total carbs, then I'm probably netting somewhere around 13.
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Old 06-06-2012, 09:41 AM   #3
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Fiber is pretty much not counted universally. I don't know the exact science, but I guess it passes pretty quickly without getting absorbed.

Sugar Alcohol can, according to the folks at Atkins, be subtracted from net carbs because they minimally impact blood sugar. However, some people find that they stall out or have some blood sugar issues with them, so they choose to count them in their carb total, or avoid them all together.
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Old 06-06-2012, 10:44 AM   #4
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I would think the most of us count net carbs...total carbs-fiber=net carbs
I would think the lower your carbs the faster your weight loss but not always true. I count net because that is what my version of Atkins suggests. I think it makes things a lot easier because I get more of a variety of foods to choose from...but it may make things slower...I will not know because I have always counted net carbs and have no intention of changing. But you have to do what works for you and what will keep you on plan.

It is kind of like I can eat 20 net carbs or 40 total carbs and still lose weight if I chose to lower either I may or may not lose as fast ...it's all a ymmv if you ask me.
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Old 06-06-2012, 10:49 AM   #5
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Hmmmm just wondering. Total carbs is easier. Just wondering if people have counted total and what their experience has been like??
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I count total carbs because it is just easier and I usually eat between 30 to 40 total carbs. Which probably is around 20 net carbs because most of my carbs come from veggies, fruit and nuts!! Hope this helps!!
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I've always counted total carbs.I can lose best if not going over 20 total carbs daily
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I've always counted total carbs.I can lose best if not going over 20 total carbs daily
This! I started with Atkins '72 book and you counted total. I have always lost better by counting total and I hate unnecessary math.
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Old 06-06-2012, 02:13 PM   #9
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I count total carbs. I dont even pay attention to 'net carbs'. When I first started I used some Atkins products which went by net carbs. It stalled me bad. Once I stopped using them and stuck with meat, cheese, eggs, and green leafy veggies....the weight started coming off.
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I count net carbs when it comes to fiber, but if I have something with sugar alcohol, I try to stay low on my net carbs for the day because SA will impact my loss if I eat too much of it.
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I just count TOTAL CARBS. As I see it, using fiber in the calculation is just a way of adding more unnecessary carbs. Who's kidding whom??????
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It should be noted that subtracting fiber is not the same as subtracting sugar alcohol. Doing net carbs on an Avocado should not be compared to subtracting sugar alcohol from an Atkins bar. It all boils down to personal preference. Many here do it either way. I'm all about what works for you and what is sustainable for you.

I do net carbs. Fiber is a non issue for me. Fat and fiber is always a winning combo for me for losing. As with so many things, it varies from person to person.

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the problem with counting total carbs is that you tend to eat less vegetables because they are high in fiber. it really is better to do the work to count net carbs, netting out the FIBER. as mentioned, sugar alcohols are a different issue, and you can count those if you want to. I think it's wrong not to count them at all like Atkins does on their labels, but figuring out what percent to count for each different sugar alcohol is complicated. if you don't do that it's fine.
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When I was counting, I counted total carbs, but it was because I didn't count precisely so total carbs acted like a cushion. When I was induction and got close to 20, I started to backtrack through my day to see if it was mostly vegetables or fiber and it usually was, so I didn't sweat it and made sure my net was under 20.

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The cell walls of plants are the stuff we usually call fiber, it is really named cellulose. Cellulose is a long polymer chain of glucose molecules connected by a beta acetal linkage. So molecularly it is a carbohydrate chain, but we are unable to metabolize cellulose. We need certain enzymes to break the beta acetal linkages apart so we can get at the glucose, but since we don't have the mechanism to disrupt the chain, cellulose is (to people anyway) indigestible. Not sure why the mfg has to count it with the carbs on food labels since we can't break it down, but I guess it kinda makes sense overall.

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the problem with counting total carbs is that you tend to eat less vegetables because they are high in fiber. it really is better to do the work to count net carbs, netting out the FIBER. as mentioned, sugar alcohols are a different issue, and you can count those if you want to. I think it's wrong not to count them at all like Atkins does on their labels, but figuring out what percent to count for each different sugar alcohol is complicated. if you don't do that it's fine.
This is what I do. Sugar Alcohols are terrible for me.
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