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Old 08-11-2013, 02:42   #1
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I am a newbie here and I know this has probably been covered a thousand times, but I did not find the answer in my search. If I am following the LCHF diet, how many grams of carbs, protein and fat should I be eating each day? Thanks for your help. Love this site!

P.S. I am trying to lose weight and control BG.

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I am a newbie here and I know this has probably been covered a thousand times, but I did not find the answer in my search. If I am following the LCHF diet, how many grams of carbs, protein and fat should I be eating each day? Thanks for your help. Love this site!

P.S. I am trying to lose weight and control BG.
Depends on several things. But if you keep your percentages to about 75/15/10 f/p/c you should be fine. You may require a little tweaking to find what works best for you but that should work as a starting point.

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FWIW, give up the dieting and just eat to your meter. You'll lose the weight effortlessly.

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FWIW, give up the dieting and just eat to your meter. You'll lose the weight effortlessly.

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That's exactly what I did. My two primary goals were to lose weight and get my BG under control. I learned that eating to my meter should control my BG, so that's what I did, and ended up cutting the carbs down to a very low level, and with it my weight just came off effortlessly, like I never experienced before in my life. I didn't need to count calories or anything of the sort. Nor did I do any calculating of the ratio of carbs/protein/fat. I just cut the carbs and everything worked out well. For me it's a bit complicated to try to figure out the ratio, at least now as a relative beginner. After my BG and weight is where I want them to be, maybe I'll get more serious about calculating the ratio, and striving to be in ketosis, etc.

I've heard some people still struggling with the weight loss even after going low carb, so maybe it doesn't work for everyone. But it sure worked a charm for me.

Edit: just wanted to add that I exercise pretty much after every single meal, by taking a 30-minute walk. I think that also is a very significant factor in my case in getting my BG numbers down and the weight off.


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A little easier than using percentage of total calories, which requires multiplying grams of carbs and protein by 4 and grams of fat by 9 is to just use the grams straight

Done this way. grams of fat should be 1.8 or more times the total grams of carbs plus protein (subtracting the grams of fiber from total carbs on the label or nutirition site).

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I did fine on up to 60 g of carb per day for a couple yrs, but then stopped losing weight.

I gradually ramped down from there, now doing about 20g carb. However, I also have antibodies and use insulin.

Eating to your meter is fine for some, but you are not measuring your circulating insulin that way. If you cannot lose weight, that may be a consideration.

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After a while I don't even eat to my meter anymore with the low carb high fat thingy because I already know that it is going to be good! Evidence is by the times I do test I am either at 88 for some odd reason or about 94-ish sometimes 98 and when I do test it is after eating a few more veggies then I think I should have and may test then to see if I did eat too many veggies but only ramped up to 114 but still I don't want to even be that high anymore..funny because at one time and not too long ago I was thrilled with a 114 after a meal and now I feel its too high??? what the heck??? LOL its all good though !




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That's exactly what I did. My two primary goals were to lose weight and get my BG under control. I learned that eating to my meter should control my BG, so that's what I did, and ended up cutting the carbs down to a very low level, and with it my weight just came off effortlessly, like I never experienced before in my life. I didn't need to count calories or anything of the sort. Nor did I do any calculating of the ratio of carbs/protein/fat. I just cut the carbs and everything worked out well. For me it's a bit complicated to try to figure out the ratio, at least now as a relative beginner. After my BG and weight is where I want them to be, maybe I'll get more serious about calculating the ratio, and striving to be in ketosis, etc.

I've heard some people still struggling with the weight loss even after going low carb, so maybe it doesn't work for everyone. But it sure worked a charm for me.

Edit: just wanted to add that I exercise pretty much after every single meal, by taking a 30-minute walk. I think that also is a very significant factor in my case in getting my BG numbers down and the weight off.

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Sorry but what does everyone mean when they say eat to your meter?

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Test before and after first bite and have a reading under 140 to learn the foods, meals that drive you over than limit where damage is thought to cause harm.

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After a while I don't even eat to my meter anymore with the low carb high fat thingy because I already know that it is going to be good!
I guess I know I'm going to be good after testing before meal, and eating the same thing I always do. But I got into the habit of testing before and after every meal, and stick with it. I almost enjoy it now, seeing those low numbers pop up that I couldn't even dream about a few months ago. I suppose though eventually I'll drop the testing down some. But in the meantime, I'd like to do some more experimenting, and as long as I'm experimenting, I think I'll keep doing the full testing. Once I'm totally stable for months on end without any need to experiment any more, then I think will be the time for me to lay off testing seven times a day.

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