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    Question How many carbs do you eat? How many should I eat?

    Hi All,
    I'm a total noob (been doing this for a couple of weeks now), and I seem to be (according to fitday) eating between 100-150g of carbs a day. I could decrease it, but I am enjoying this level (i.e. it's easy to maintain and doesn't make me feel at all deprived).
    I am around 5'5.5" and 130lbs, about 20% body fat. In an ideal world I would weigh maybe 120-125 and be around 16-18% body fat, but I don't want to make myself miserable to achieve that. Should I try to lower my carbs more, say to around 100 or less per day, or is somewhere more like 120 a day OK for maintainance/possible slight fat loss?

    My food for the day usually looks something like this:
    Breakfast: Omelette with a little ham, a little cheese and tomato
    Snack: Some almonds and an apple (after the gym)
    Lunch: A big-ass salad a la Mark
    Snack: maybe a little dark chocolate, or some greek yoghurt and blueberries
    Dinner: some roasted or grilled meat with steamed veges (plenty of fat in the form of dripping or butter is usually used to cook the meat) and sometimes a little roasted sweet potato or squash.
    Possibly a little dark chocolate after dinner

    My daily calories seem to vary between 2000-2500 which seems a little high compared to say, Mark and his wife Carrie, but I have always been the sort of person who could pretty much eat what they wanted and stay almost the same weight (I've been around 130lbs since I was 16, barring eating disorder and pregnancies) so maybe that is fine? I also exercise around 5-7 hours per week (varied stuff, yoga, weights, running, spin classes etc.)

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    I have been at it just over a month. I am trying to loose bodyfat so I stay strictly in the "zone" of 50-100g a day according to Mark in the PB. He states that to maintain your current weight to be around 100-150. Those are his suggestions from the book. I plano on being in the "zone" until I can see my abs then, move to a maintaince of 100-150. So I guess it just depends on your own personal goals.
    Good Luck!

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    What I'd say is maybe try cutting the sweet potato or squash and eat more veggies and meat at dinner, or simply a lighter dinner. That would slice off almost 30g of carbs per day!
    Try doing that and seeing how you feel - because at first you may feel deprived under 100g (I sure did) but you get used to it. I'm on Day 12 of being primal and now I almost effortlessly eat 80-90g/day and I plan to go lower - without depriving myself. It's all about balancing it out - lower carbs, up protein/fat. You don't seem to be consuming much fat at all, actually. Nowhere 100g fat/day (what I eat and I'm 5'1.5, 116 lbs).
    Maybe put some avocado in your salad? Plenty of olive oil? Add more eggs to your omelet?
    These are all just suggestions you seem very healthy and very dedicated to primal. Your exercise routine seems perfect too!
    As for the calories, everyone knows their own weight-loss range and their own maintenance range and this part depends on your genes/metabolism so count yourself lucky that you can eat 2000-2500 and not gain! Good luck.

    EDIT: I really don't know if you're not "eating any fat at all" but try upping it perhaps? Try eating more nuts and half an apple after your workout? Do this until you get to your goal weight/BF% and then go back to 100-150g.

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    It sounds like you've found a nice equilibrium, and are quite slim already! You're in a great place to take it slow and do some self-experimentation.

    If I was in your position, I'd probably stick with it for a couple more weeks and see if you start to see any body recomposition. It can take a while for the body to adapt to this way of eating and for fat loss to kick in, and I've always found it easier to drop carbs gradually than to try to go cold turkey. If you are still holding steady after a couple more weeks, you can start making some small changes to your diet to facilitate fat loss, either by dropping your carb intake, cutting total calories by a couple hundred, experimenting with IF, or tweaking your diet (dropping dairy is often effective).
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    I don't think experimenting with IF is a good idea for someone with an ED past.

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    I try to limit my daily carb intake to 10% or less, but I'm trying to lose weight. I think up to 100 is fine for maintaining as long as it's from fruit & veggies
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    It took some getting used to but I try to average out to about 50-100 grams per day.

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    Sounds good to me so far. If you feel good and are getting any kind of results you want (your goals seem very reasonable and healthy - any athletic goals?)
    I'd be more focused on eliminating the snacks than hitting a carb target. Are you truly hungry at snackytime? If so, why not eat more at mealtimes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tanyayogi View Post
    I don't think experimenting with IF is a good idea for someone with an ED past.
    Good point! I don't think that part of the OP really registered with me the first time I read it.
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    As long as you are happy with the weight you are at now, no reason to worry about it.

    My opinion is that if you want to know if you are getting too many carbs, for you (we are all different), know what your insulin level is, and your triglycerides. If you are doing too many carbs, you make more insulin to get blood sugar stabilized. Do too many and the evidence is seen in higher insulin, higher triglycerides.

    I learned this from my doc, and saw pretty much the same explanation in WWGF by Taubes. Not everyone agrees, but looking at it this way works for me. I keep carbs to an absolute minimum, and this was to get insulin and triglycerides to a healthy level when they were elevated before.

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