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Calories VS. Carbs??

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I'm not sure if this is on the right forum but I'll ask anyway.

My boyfriend and I are both healthy and trying to drop a couple pounds as well as maintain. But when we go to eat something we're both baffeled by the calorie/carb confusion. His mother encourages a low carb diet, mine encourages a low cal low carb diet. It's difficult to find low cal low carb foods though. So honestly, which is the lesser of the two evils? Should we consume more calories and less carbs, more carbs and less cals, or find a happy medium (which is looking more and more impossible). Help please!
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Low calorie is the way to go... How you get those calories (whether you go with carbs, proteins or fats) is up to you...

Your body needs carbs to thrive... There is no reason to avoid them like the plague... They fuel your brain and they're the easiest for your body to break down into useable energy...

Try and aim for a balance of 50% carbs, 30% protein, and 20% fat... Or something in that general area...
it doesnt really matter what you eat.

If you burn more calories then you consume then you will lose weight. But it is a good idea to balance your calories between carbs protein and fat to get proper nutrition =]
Hey there,

I am no expert on this or anything but I can speak from my own experience/observations.  Basically what I think is if you are looking to lose a significant amount of weight and you want to do it slow and healthy, you should definitley try to stick to lower calorie foods. 

On the other hand, my sister lost about 20 lbs. by cutting out most carbs that come from bread/potatoes etc. and not concentrating on calories.  In her case, she maintains a low carb diet ALL the time, this is why she has not gained the weight back.  This is probably the best way to go if you want to lose a small amount of weight quickly, but be prepared because you will most likely gain it all back if you don't maintain the low carb lifestyle.

What I try to do is watch my calorie intake.  But I also try to eat only whole wheat and I try not to overdo it with the carbs.  I hated it at first but it's really not that bad, you get used to it after awhile.   Anyways, hope this helps and good luck.
What you need to focus on is a healthful, balanced diet. Watching your calories is key for weight loss, but properly fueling your body to do so is just as important. You need more carbs when doing cardio and more protein when doing weights. On average, you should aim for 30% fat, 30% protein and 40% carbs.
you might want to read post #8 on this thread 3.html

It's about a study that worked with 2 groups -- one low carb and one high carb.  you might be surprised at the results.
There are good carbs and bad carbs.  Refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and white flour are all bad carbs ... they have a high glycemic index and little nutritional value.  Whole grains and fresh vegetables are good carbs, they contain fiber, protein, minerals and vitamins.  If you're going to reduce your carbs, just make sure you're reducing the bad ones first and getting enough fiber in your diet (at least 25g daily).  My $.02.
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I've been to a nutritionist to help me knock off some inches on my waistline. There are other factors to consider besides calories. If you are operating under stress, you will activate cortisol and it will prevent you from burning fat. If you eat starchy carbs: white flour, rice, breads, beans, sugar, etc, you won't start burning fat until the body has burned those carbs off first, including alcohol and coffee, so try to severely limit yourself from eating those. Also if you eat more protein than your body can use, the excess is also stored as fat, so much for the Atkins way of eating all the animal protein you want, etc. You really should have most of your plate filled with salads, unstarchy veggys, a small amount of beef, chicken or fish ( 3 to 5 oz.), limit fats to olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil........and try to eat your dairy and cheeses low fat. After I made these changes, I have lost almost two inches in my waist in the last two weeks. This is first time I've made any progress. Every time you cheat, you won't burn off fat cells until the carbs are burned first........calories are not as important as anything you eat that will turn into sugar, then into stored fat.
mirow, i'm glad your system is working, but i think you got bad advice.  protein is not stored as fat, your body cannot store it at all.  Not to mention, where is your fiber?

Because the body doesn't store amino acids, as it does fats or carbohydrates, it needs a daily supply of amino acids to make new protein. rotein.html

lysistrata, i'm not sure where your getting your information. the body is unable to store protein as a whole. excess protein is broken down in the body into nitrogen and carbon skeletons. the carbon skeletons get stored as fat.

The pathways exist to store protein as fat, but its not going to happen in 99% of circumstances. Lysistrata is indeed correct.

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