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    What do you eat daily to stay under or around 50 carbs?

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    New to this and I am trying to figure out what to eat.
    I have been eatting chicken, greens, blue berries, apples, almonds, eggs and other veggies.
    It appears that I am consuming to many carbs.
    I have a few pounds to loose so I need to drop the amount of carbs I eat.
    Can you give me examples of what you eat each day? (around 50 carbs)
    Thanks!

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    Nuts are extremely high in carbs, 1 cup averages 80 carbs.

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    Here is a typical low carb day for me:
    Breakfast-
    2 eggs, 2 pieces of bacon, 10 pieces of asparagus, ounce of goat cheese, 1/2 cup pineapple (fresh), coffee with 1/2 T agave and half and half
    Lunch-
    6 oz chicken breast, a cup of broc
    Dinner:
    3-4 cups of greens sauted in 2 tbs of fat
    2 eggs

    That's about 43 grams of carbs/1200 calories

    It seems like I can have a daily serving of fruit, 1-2 servings of green veggies at each meal (not sweet potatoes) and stay below 50. I have stopped tracking though.

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    Veggies (but not root veggies) are lower in carbs than fruits.

    I don't eat low carb.
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    raw veggies are typically less carbs than cooked. If you want to watch carbs, cut the nuts, limit fruit and up your green and leafy veggies
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    If you use a tracking tool like fitday.com, you will be able to see where your carbs come from. Things like apples, potatoes, and that extra 'o' everyone always adds to the word lose are very carb-dense and should be shunned on VLC. My own goal is 50-100 g/day. I've been on the lower end of this range when I eat something like:

    brunch:
    3 eggs w/ pepper jack cheese & cayenne sauce
    coffee & cream

    snack:
    7oz Greek yogurt

    dinner:
    big romaine/spinach salad with uncured bacon, walnuts, feta cheese, avocado, mushrooms, and 1/2 cup EVOO mustard vinaigrette
    peppered 16oz grassfed beef steak with butter-sherry glaze

    For me that's a 3000 calorie splurge day with 74g carb, of which 28g are fiber. Scale portions down to 2000 cal and you'll be at 50g carb total.

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    raw veggies are typically less carbs than cooked.
    How does that work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by magnolia1973 View Post
    How does that work?
    I'm pretty sure it's A) a digestibility issue and B) a volume issue.
    Or a bit of both...

    Carrots for instance are much more digestible cooked. "According to Carbohydrate Counter, raw carrots have only 11.69 g per cup and cooked carrots have 12.63 g."

    And the amount of kale in a cup is greater cooked than raw....
    -From Carb-Counter dot net
    Kale, cooked, boiled, drained, with salt - 1 cup, chopped - 7.32g
    Kale, raw - 1 cup, chopped - 6.51g

    That said, it's not a huge difference... a gram or two here and there, but I suppose it could add up. Honestly I wouldn't worry about cooked veg though. There are good reasons to eat cooked... like the ability to actually digest the nutrition out of them since cooking breaks down the cellulose walls that our digestive tracts really don't on their own.
    There are better ways to trim carbs... like cutting back on fruit (particular non-berries) and nuts until goals are met.
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    I eat a ton of veggies, never get close to 50g! Some days I'll eat an orange or banana and get close. Add in rice/potatoes and you are over 50 fast!

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    Quote Originally Posted by magnolia1973 View Post
    How does that work?
    I think it concentrates the sugars in some veggies.. look up carrots, peas etc. Check it out
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