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    same carb. amts for everyone??

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    I'm almost a foot shorter and 40 pounds lighter than "secret agent boy".

    We're just starting out to improve our nutrition and eating habits, and we both expected carb recommendations to be more along the lines of a percentage. It seems odd to suggest we should both be eating basically the same amount of carbs.

    Would like to here how others have handled this apparent discrepancy.

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    What? You mean here?

    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-p...ate-continuum/

    Well, those are fairly broad bands "50 g to 100 g" for "effortless weight loss" means the top of the range is twice the bottom. Anyway, this is only one person's opinion at one time - although Mark's opinion is likely to better than most, and may not have changed since he wrote that page. Besides, while people like to focus on "macronutrients", maybe it's more important to make sure you get enough micronutrients (vitamins and minerals).

    FWIW, if secret agent boy were eating around 2,600 calories a day, which is average for a fully grown male (unless he's digging ditches all day or something) and that included around 75 g of carbs, then that's going to be around 10 or 12 % of his calorific intake.

    As a percentage most people eating in the primal style are probably eating something like 10% to 20% of their calories as carbohydrate. You could go nearer the bottom of that percentage, or even a bit less, if weight loss was a major consideration.

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    I have tinkered and found what works for me. Mark recommends a range, depending on your goals, not a specific number.
    Since most folks aren't counting calories, he doesn't recommend a percentage.

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    I try to stay at 50 & under each day, and that's usually 10-19% on average.
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    carb requirements will vary enormously according to gender, age, bodyweight (and % of that being muscle mass), activity levels, insulin sensitivity, dietary goals (is this a shorter term weight loss diet or long term lifestyle changes) and so on and so on. there's no way you can give a blanket number for everyone.

    if you're just eating to improve your health and eating habits then WHAT carbs you eat is much more important than how many, at least to start with.

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    Thanks for the discussion so far; I look forward to hearing more from the members here.

    We have never been big on processed foods, and have not found the elimination of grains and some of the other recommended 'do not eat' foods to be arduous. This will be our long-term eating plan, though we are both overweight so wanting Reliable Weight Loss in the short-term (probably about 6-12 months to get to our target weights).

    I think that for a little while at least, we need to keep an eye on calories, or grams of the 3 macro-nutrients, or *something* to help us through the period of getting more in tune with our bodies hunger messages and satisfactory portion sizes. I could see going overboard with fat (see RWL above)

    I realize it will take some experimentation, just want to understand as much and as best as I can as we embark on this.

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    Personally I think the easiest way to learn how much is enough is to track everything you eat. Check out www.dailyburn.com. It can tell you percentages & stuff of what you eat and has a well rounded user entered food database, as well as USDA measurements.
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