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Old 04-11-2014, 16:06   #1
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I can't seem to get a consistent answer to how many carbs I should limit myself to in a day. I've heard 7 (105 grams), 3 (45 grams) per meal with no snacks, 10-11 (45-60 per meal plus 1 snack). I'm trying to get my numbers under control.

Also, please let me know if everyone here is HFLC. My cardiologist is against it for me due to strong family history of death from heart attack before age 50 in my family. I like what this group has to offer, but it might not be for me if I'm expected to follow the HFLC diet.

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There is NO one answer to your question. We are all different. For instance, I can handle round 50 to 60 grams per day without medication. Others will spike unacceptably on half of that.

Again, I suggest you look at these sections - Healthy Blood Sugar Targets and How to Lower Your Blood Sugar both from Blood Sugar 101

The name of the game is to "eat to the meter". And there is no quick way to the number. It is down to testing yourself after a meal as suggested in the How to Lower Your Blood Sugar section.

I can assure you that the technique works - but you have to select your own personal standard. It will not come right overnight unless you are amazingly lucky but it will in time.

Another myth that we can tell you is wrong is that eating a high fat diet does not contribute to heart disease. Eating high carbohydrate gets the credit for that too!

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My guideline is 5 - 10 PERCENT OF CALORIES, not some fixed amount of grams. When eating a lot, I may get up to 50 grams, but mostly less than that.

On a 2000 calorie day, that means 25 - 50g of carbs. But if I eat less, I have to reduce the carbs accordingly.

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My upper limit is 30g per day, or 8-10g per meal. I came to know this by testing my meals.

If you read very much on this forum, you will find many many threads by people who have decided to try out LCHF for themselves, contrary to what the medical community is saying, and discovered that their cholesterol reduced, their HDL increased, and their triglycerides plummeted.

There are also several threads on this forum discussing the recent research that debunks the myth that dietary fats cause weight gain and increase risk of CVD. In fact, it has been reported lately that research shows it's inflammation that contributes to CVD. Guess what kinds of foods cause inflammation?..... grains! and high carbs.

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When I started out, I aimed for 100g total per day. By taking my BG before and after eating, I found out that I can handle about 35-40g of carbs at one time without going over 7.8(140).

I lost over 40lb doing that, but then recently my weight loss stalled (still lost inches). I am now considering aiming for a lower number of carbs in order to lose weight, and increasing the fat in my diet.

The point is, you need to measure and see what works for you. That's why there are so many answers!

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I find that under 30 is my magic number. It's amazing what that did for my cholesterol and my cardiologist loves it now! He totally approves.

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As everyone else said, it depends! Its up to you to find what works for your body.


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As already stated, there is no single answer to how many carbs you should eat - that is something you have to work out for yourself by eating to your meter.

The question there IS a single answer to is that fats do not contribute to heart disease. As John said, the credit for that also goes to eating high carbs. Your doctor needs to read the newspapers - just last month another study hit the headlines confirming that fats do NOT increase risk of heart disease. No association between SFA and coronary risk. This is only the most recent of many studies which continue to debunk the bad fats myth of the last 50 years. If you want to see more proof, just ask.

ETA: My apologies if the Medscape link above doesn't work . . . try this one: Carbs Against Cardio

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Hi Candy! From what I believe, eating high carb AND fat would contribute to heart and other cardiovascular diseases. When you eat low carb, your body would use the fats and protein as it's primary energy source. A lot of members on this forum is on LCHF diet and they don't have heart issues( I hope not) and great blood sugar levels. It's really the carbs that gets you.

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Hi, Candy. You don't say if you are on metformin, or insulin or just dealing with diabetes via diet. As Tinns says, high carb and high fat is deadly to us. And, calories count. If you are overweight, reduce calories by reducing carbs. Stay under 75 and closer to 50 per day. Using your meter, check blood sugar levels and then evaluate the results after a week or two. If your blood sugar levels rise, tinker with your diet. Every body is different.

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