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Old 10-05-2013, 07:53 AM   #1
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Help w/Carb Count

I a currently entering maintenance. I eat low carb and clean and count my calories.. however, I really think maintaining for me is going to revolve around counting my carbs and finding out what carb count I need to be at to maintain.

I am confused on what to count.. net or total? (I understand the difference.. I just don't know which one people are talking about when they say they eat so many carbs a day...).

Also.. what number of carbs (and which one net or total) should I start at to titrate up? And do you put all foods in.. i.e. lettuce? SF gum?

Thanks for any assistance w/this!!!!!
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Old 10-07-2013, 08:16 AM   #2
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I think everyone has a different opinion on net carbs vs total carbs. For me, I go with net because I don't see the point in counting fiber which is basically all I'm deducting for net carbs. That said I guess if someone were sensitive to fiber or super sensitive to carbs maybe total carbs makes sense. I guess that's one everyone has to figure out for themselves!

As far as where to start---it looks like you lost weight using HCG. Have you completed a full P3 yet? If so, I would get a sense of your average carbs per day while in P3 and then use Atkins method of adding 5 carbs per week (OK, haven't read the book in a long time so you might want to check that out!). Stick with the same 'extra' carbs and just eat them 2-3 times a week with a day or two in between when you don't eat them. Basically---you want to take it slow and really watch how your body reacts to the types and amount of carbs you add. It's probably a good idea to read one of the Atkins books and how he outlines adding carbs. I didn't follow it to the letter, but I used his method and it worked well for me.

If you haven't done P3 yet--I would do that first following Simeon's guidelines and make sure you are good and stable before adding in too many carbs.

Congrats on making goal!!
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Old 10-07-2013, 07:41 PM   #3
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I agree w/ Teresa. Maintenance is a lot of trial & error. You just have to try higher carb foods, but keep them healthy. I weigh myself daily in the morning which sets me up for how I can eat for the day. If I'm up a couple pounds, I eat strict, if I'm down, I eat a bit more carbs. I do let myself indulge at times, but get right back to strict eating. No matter how bad the binge, I can't give up & go back to my old eating habits.
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Old 10-09-2013, 06:37 PM   #4
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Agree ... you need to find what works for you so track and record daily to see what works.

For me, I use net carbs as mentioned, not much reason to count it since it just passes through. But I found that I needed to up my carbs now that I am working out more. So I am now 30-50 carbs rather than my normal <15.
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