Can anybody help me out with my diet?

  • sfboy987

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    Feb 28, 2009 6:00 AM GMT
    Ok so I'm planning to lose a few pounds in the next 3 weeks, and I'm trying to do the following diet. I've obviously cut out junk food completely, and I'm hoping to consume at least 2000 calories every day. The only problem I'm constantly dealing with is cutting down carbs. I've cut down carbs when I diet, but honestly it's really really difficult because it seems like everything out there has carbs. I read on nutrition fact labels that one should take in at least 300 grams a day of carbs based on a 2000 calorie diet. I've been able to cut down this number in half, so about 150 grams a day. However, I feel like I'm still eating too many carbs because I'm still able to sneak in wheat bread and such with my sandwhiches and peanut butter. I know I could just eat meat, dairy, and other foods that don't have carbs. Although, if I do my fat and protein content will really really high, and that's bad isn't it? My protein and fat content is already high as it is. I'm actually wondering how much carbs should I cut down? Like can somebody give me a recommended number like 100 grams a day of carbs based on a 2000 calorie diet or something? Is cutting down carbs really all that important? Frankly, I love carbs, good carbs of course. I love eating fruit and whole grains, even though I think whole grains might be bad carbs. Anyway, anybody have some advice? I really apppreciate guys, thanks.
  • ORAZ

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    Feb 28, 2009 4:15 PM GMT
    The amount of carbohydrate you take in will depend on what type of workout you are doing - weight training, marathons, triathlons, swimming, etc. You need a minimum of 130grams per day just for central nervous system support as your brain uses glucose as its source of energy. Decrease carb diets for long periods of time generally cause lethargy, irritability and low blood sugar, especially when exercising. I would recommend that you focus on more complex carbohydrates such as whole wheat products - and make sure it says whole wheat because otherwise, it's just caramel coloring. Brown rice instead of white rice, etc. It's not the carbs that are bad, it's the type and the amount. If you aren't utilizing it for energy then it will be stored as fat so if you eat it then use it up. Best of luck.

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    Feb 28, 2009 6:22 PM GMT
    HI everyone
    can any one help with the workouts and diet.
    Im going back to the gym again after a months and a week
    not attending the gym due to surgery from a hernia.
    I asked my doctor and I can start working out again.
    Anyone who can help me out let me know email me here
    or hope some one from phoenix willing to workout with me as well and help me out. I appreciated guys

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    Feb 28, 2009 6:24 PM GMT
    Eat...the both of you.
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    Mar 01, 2009 3:06 PM GMT
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    Mar 01, 2009 3:44 PM GMT
    Do you know how many calories you are burning? Just asking since you are set on eating 2000 kcal per day. How much of a caloric deficit are you planning on having? If 3500 kcal = 1 lb then a 500 kcal deficit per day will produce 1 lb of weigh loss in a week. I think these numbers are as important to pay attention to as what your macronutrient ratio (how much carbs/fat/protein) is. Good luck to you!
  • sfboy987

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    Mar 01, 2009 8:03 PM GMT
    yea thanks guys, im working out 3 days a week (weights and cardio). I definetely understand calorie control is more important, and I was on a 2000 calorie diet a while ago with the same workout, and I was able to lose like 12 pounds. I'm just wondering if cutting down on carbs is really all that important.
  • Rookz

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    Mar 01, 2009 8:11 PM GMT
    Whole grains is not bad carbs, who told you that??? Whole grain is a good carb.

    And don't call it diet, it's called a "change of habit" for its long term unlike short term dirty word like "diet".
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    Mar 01, 2009 9:16 PM GMT
    Dude, who on earth is advising you? Your base caloric requirement at 15% fat, is around 2040 a day, WITHOUT, adding any calories for activity. Even if you're a bit leaner and say 10% fat, your base calorie requirement is 2160, WITHOUT accounting for ANY activity. Eat.

    Why on earth are you set on starving yourself?

    Read about the role of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats in your diet. It's not something that can be explained in a blurb here. You read, and you read some more.

    What? Are you on a mission to teach your body how to become a fat-storing machine? That's exactly where you're headed.

    You need a minimum of 100 grams of carbs every day, spread out over the day, for your brain to work right. 300 grams of carbs would not be uncommon in an active person. I'll sometimes do 800 grams of carbs, or more, if I'm very active.

    You need to study this further, or pay someone who knows what they are doing to help you.

    Getting lean is about getting active, metabolic activation, increasing muscle mass (only muscle burns calories at rest), properly managing insulin response and blood sugar levels, and consistency. Eat. Workout. Get bigger, and that will make it easier to stay lean.

    When I go to get lean, I BRING MY CALORIES UP to support increased activity and it kicks my metabolism into overdrive. Starvation only causes your body to slow down and to become a fat-storing, energy-conserving, machine. THINK.

    If you are active, calorie control should be the LEAST of your concerns at your age. THINK.

    I want you to read up on the gylcemic index. Then, I want you to study the various carbs types. Carbs are not bad nor good, in any particular way. E.g., post workout, fast carbs are awesome for glycogen uptake. However, for sustained metabolism, nice slow carbs, all day long, every day, are just the thing.
  • sfboy987

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    Mar 01, 2009 10:02 PM GMT
    I'm trying to lose weight dude, not trying to get bigger, when did I say that? You think 2000 calories a day is starving yourself? Yes I have done my research on this stuff, but I'm still not sure on the role of carbohydrates. I've lost weight before on a proper diet, so I think I know a thing or two about losing weight. It's just I'm unsure on whether cutting down carbs or not really matters.
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    Mar 02, 2009 3:48 PM GMT
    eat as u need to. Focus on a good breakfast, this is where most of your carbs should be. Whenever you feel hungry, eat something, it can be half an apple, just eat something as your body should never feel hungry (at that point it starts storing and goes into caveman mode). But by only eating a small amount of healthy food, you keep your body fed but only with essential foods. Think of junk food as literally that, junk, your body will take it in, not have a clue what to do with it, and just get rid of it but keep the fat in it. Eat before a workout, something that will stick around, like oatmeal, it is digested slowly as it sticks to your stomach walls therefore keeping you going throughout your workout. Eat protein or take a protein supplement after your workout so your muscles can injest the protein and rebuild themselves. Eat less and less as the day goes on, dinner should be your smallest meal of the day as most likely your not putting your body through much after dinnertime. Try not to eat past 7. Green tea is also a good diet supplement as it works as a diuretic and keeps ur caffeine levels proper so you can wake up and hit the gym or class or work, etc etc.
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    Mar 02, 2009 4:00 PM GMT
    oh and for your comment about only having fat and protein when you eat only meat and vegetables, you can cut out any bad/unessential fats by only eating lean meat and fish