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It depends on what you are doing. if you are working out every day, and you are done with the fat burning phase, you are going to need some carbs to get you thru your day without crashing blood sugar wise. It also depends on your overall health status, (diabetis? do you need to take any meds like insulin or metformin?) Follow your Doc's guidelines if you are needing any meds because sugar levels going to low can be bad. But to high and well you know.

Nobody is a one size fits all.

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Let me add your weight loss is much faster than mine and I'm faster than my dietician expected. Plus you lost a ton before surgery...that counts you know..

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That is extremely low for carbs. I get in at least 100 g of carbs a day. Carbs are about 45 to 50% of my overall nutrition. Myfitnesspal goals are carbs: 50%, Protein 25%, and fat 25%. My calorie goal is about 1400 to 1600 a day. I am almost 2 years out from surgery. I have been at or below goal for a year now. I run about 25 miles per week, do zumba an hour a day, and weight train 2 hours a week. I also do yoga once or twice a week. I tell you that because people who train a lot do need more carbs. Carbs are our fuel and our body needs them. My nutritionist tells me every time that I need my carbs. However, not all carbs are the same. She isn't telling me to stuff my face with crackers and Cookies. I remember my first visit after surgery. I had stalled. My nutritionist asked me what I was eating. I was eating very little carbs. Mainly because it was only a month after surgery and I couldn't really eat much at all so I was focused on getting in my Protein. She said, "Honey, you need to eat a potato." I did, and I started losing weight again. I do occasionally have treats such as a cookie, cake, ice cream, etc. We follow the 80/20 plan. 80 to 90 percent of the time we eat clean. ALWAYS protein first.

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Low carb and extremely low carb or no carb isn't meant for long term diets. Ever wonder why you're so tired or can't remember anything? Your brain NEEDS complex carbs to function well too. It functions off of 80% of whatever carbs you put in to your system. Do you workout? You need complex carbs, doesn't matter if it's cardio or weights.

Overall, I'd talk with a professional if I were you simply because you can get all sorts of info here and all of them will contradict each other. And every body is different. What works for one does not mean it'll work for you. But we can all have a general sense of what's good and what we should be doing.

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Low carb, even extremely low carb, is perfectly fine for long term dieting. As long as you get enough Protein and fat your body will function perfectly well. It starts to break down and be a problem when people try to eat low carb and low fat, or they don't get enough Protein.

I personally have to stay below 20 net carbs in a day. That allows for a good amount of vegetables or fruit, as long as I choose lower carb fruits and veggies (such as green Beans and strawberries, two of my favorites).

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Once your body switches to ketosis, it's perfectly fine to do extremely low carbs. Your body will start to use fat for energy rather than carbs. It's really really easy to get kicked out of keto so it can be a little difficult to keep keto going until you get used to it.

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Does anyone on have experience with doing keto once they've hit maintenance? I'm interested because I recently read an article on how long term keto can be harmful to the body

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One important thing to point out is that people's body's respond differently to carbs. For me,most carbs (grains,Pasta, rice)are trigger foods so I plan to limit them. I think 100 carbs is a good maintenance goal for you, bringing them down to 50 would probably help you to lose a little bit more.

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It's such a trigger for me, I used to eat Pasta daily and have exacty 2 oz daily for years. Then when I stopped, it's like an alcoholic. I have 2 oz, I want 10! :) Sleeved on 1/10 so can't have for a while. Looking forward to my Tolerant Lentil Pasta though.

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Personally i don't count carbs ever. The only thing i ever count are Proteins.< br>And the reason being that i don't eat starches like rice, Pasta, bread, potatoes or any of that. I don't need them. Period.

I eat veggies- they are carbs and because they have so many nutrients i just eat until i'm full. I don't regulate them.

I hope that helps.


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Now, three+ years out, I occasionally have some 'white' carbs. But I know that once you get started....it's hard to stop. So it's better to avoid them as much as possible. They can throw off your entire program of losing, and/or maintaining your wieght; plus they take a few days to a week to completely clear the effects of them from your metabolic system; and they increase your cravings. It's not worth it.

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On 1/16/2017 at 4:08 AM, KindaFamiliar said:

Ok, a little about me and my situation -

Nearly 2 years post-op

Lost around 120kg (264 pounds) so far

Well pleased with the result

No complaints at all

HOWEVER...

I still have another 30kg (66 pounds) or so until I'm "happy"

I've had stalls and fluctuations just like everyone else.

I keep my Protein up MOST of the time

I'm just getting back into exercise/gym after a break over Christmas (ok, ok - November and December)

What I want to know is this -

Simply put, what is YOUR carb intake like?

How many grams per day?

What about your protein/fat/carb percentages?

You see, I've been trying to keep my carb count as LOW as possible

This has meant that, on occasion, I've been consuming as little as 12 grams of carbs per day

It's only recently that I discovered how low that actually is

Obviously, I'm hoping to get info from some folk who are at a similar stage as myself, but I'll take whatever info I can get and will just discard what I don't need.

I know this is not an exact science...

That's why I'm hoping to hear ideas from a few different angles

And don't forget - play nice...

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion; no matter how wrong they may be

Thanx for your anticipated assistance...

Jason

I try to keep my Protein at about 100 grams and I try not to go over 20 carbs per day. I don't really worry about my fat intake. Congrats on your fantastic weight loss!

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Hi I need help with this subject.I am really confused about reading nutrition information and do I go by net carbs or overall?I am only 3 in a half months out rygb.I also use my fitness pal I get so confused on how to set up the macros.The app tells you to use the percentage instead of grams.When doing that it automatically sets your cal goal.Also the pie chart of the nutrition how should it look?Could someone help?

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@Melissa Lamprey I have found it easier to go to the MyFitnessPal website to make changes to my settings. And I mean on a desktop or laptop, not your mobile browser. There you can edit the percentages to lean towards more Protein. As long as the total % equals 100, you can make the macros however you want.

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14 hours ago, Melissa Lamprey said:

Hi I need help with this subject.I am really confused about reading nutrition information and do I go by net carbs or overall?I am only 3 in a half months out rygb.I also use my fitness pal I get so confused on how to set up the macros.The app tells you to use the percentage instead of grams.When doing that it automatically sets your cal goal.Also the pie chart of the nutrition how should it look?Could someone help?

once you get the macros you want just go back and adjust the calories. that is what I do when it does that. it can be finicky

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