Post # 1
I’ve been steadily losing weight for the past two months.. eating healthy, nutritious foods and working out 6 days a week. But I havent really done anything to my carb intake, other than noting it when I calorie count (and I never exceed the daily limits). Should I be limting my carbs to lose weight? I’m so clueless.
Post # 3
I think it’s less about how many carbs and more about what kind of carbs. Vegetables are carbs too! I’d eliminate (or reduce) highly processed sugars- fruit juices, white bread/rice/pasta, soft drinks, etc. I (pre-pregnancy, anyway) was a distance runner, so to tell me ‘NO PASTA’ well that just wouldn’t fly with me! So, I switched to either 100% whole wheat pasta or the Barilla plus pasta with omega 3 & protein. I swapped out my white bread for 100% whole wheat bread. I ditched my pre-packaged flavored oatmeal for the plain, unflavored kind (but I make it with almond milk for protein, dash some cinnamon for flavor, and drizzle with honey for a touch of sweet). I might have a little juice with breakfast, but a whole serving is often only a few ounces. Instead of juice, opt for the whole piece of fruit since it’s less processed and has more fiber.
Congrats on making healthy lifestyle choices so far! Hope this helps a little bit- keep up the good work!!
Post # 4
Calories in vs. calories out really.
If you want to limit your carbs, that’s fine. If you want to limit your fats, that’s also fine. The importance part is ensuring that you’re burning more calories than you eat. If anything, focus on eating more nutrient rich carbs, ie fruit, vegetables, whole grains, etc.
If anything when eating a reduced carb diet, you’ll notice a drop in water weight. When I first lost weight about 2 years ago, I started with low-carb, but eventually just decided to count my calories, which really worked best (for me.)
Post # 5
@DaneLady: so I guess I’m doing better than I thought! I only use whole-wheat pasta (when we do eat pasta, which is rare), I never drink soda or fruit juices (unless its the occasional fresh squeezed orange juice) and our food is mostly not processed…except condiments lol. And thanks! It’s difficult to keep up with because theres just so many factors to keep track of :/
Post # 6
@srslovebug: Thanks for the advice! I’ve been doing calorie counting for two months and have seen pretty good success so far 🙂