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As of right now I am doing total. My carbs seems to go over my 40g that I am supposed to have. But half an orange is 11carbs! lol

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I was taught to count "net Carbs". I always subtract the Fiber or the sugar alcohol. Works for me :)

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17 hours ago, KathyLev said:

I was taught to count "net Carbs". I always subtract the Fiber or the sugar alcohol. Works for me :)

okay kinda what I thought. Yesterday my total carbs were 48g but next was only 23g. Im losing weight but dang it makes me nervous to see that high carb count lol!

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I know ! LOL

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2 hours ago, AmberFL said:

okay kinda what I thought. Yesterday my total carbs were 48g but next was only 23g. Im losing weight but dang it makes me nervous to see that high carb count lol!

If that net number is a result of having 25g of fiber, that's really good. Your digestive system will thank you! It's suggested that everyone should have 25g of fiber a day, and very few people get that.

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Just now, NickelChip said:

If that net number is a result of having 25g of Fiber, that's really good. Your digestive system will thank you! It's suggested that everyone should have 25g of fiber a day, and very few people get that.

I never miss a Bowel Movement lol I have one or 2 everyday LOL I walk everyday too and drink 80-100oz of Water so that might be the contributing factor as well.

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If you are counting total carbs you need to be under 50 grams total carbs to maintain ketosis. If you are counting net carbs you need to be under 30 grams net carbs to maintain ketosis. They aren't interchangeable. Some believe fiber and sugar alcohols don't impact blood sugar so they can be subtracted and net carbs followed, but that doesn't apply to everyone. I can't eat any of the high fiber "keto" products like breads. For me, carbs are carbs and Keto bread will knock me out of ketosis just as fast as a chocolate bar. 🤣 I am not the norm, but it is incredibly annoying!! And I know others like me. Regardless, my dietician said we should count total carbs because net carbs are not a recognized measurement by whatever association decides these things. LOL

Most fruit is high in carbs, yes, and so most people watching their carb count choose coconut and berries as opposed to citrus or bananas. Same with veggies, green Beans would be a better choice than a sweet potato. Keep in mind this state of ketosis is not intended to last forever, so what might not be the best item to eat right now will fit perfectly later on in your nutritional picture when you can increase your carb count.

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16 minutes ago, ChunkCat said:

If you are counting total carbs you need to be under 50 grams total carbs to maintain ketosis. If you are counting net carbs you need to be under 30 grams net carbs to maintain ketosis. They aren't interchangeable. Some believe Fiber and sugar alcohols don't impact blood sugar so they can be subtracted and net carbs followed, but that doesn't apply to everyone. I can't eat any of the high fiber "keto" products like breads. For me, carbs are carbs and Keto bread will knock me out of ketosis just as fast as a chocolate bar. 🤣 I am not the norm, but it is incredibly annoying!! And I know others like me. Regardless, my dietician said we should count total carbs because net carbs are not a recognized measurement by whatever association decides these things. LOL

Most fruit is high in carbs, yes, and so most people watching their carb count choose coconut and berries as opposed to citrus or bananas. Same with veggies, green Beans would be a better choice than a sweet potato. Keep in mind this state of ketosis is not intended to last forever, so what might not be the best item to eat right now will fit perfectly later on in your nutritional picture when you can increase your carb count.

This makes sense! I have been under 50g, I have no desire to eat any bread but my guy bought me this huge Valentines Day heart of Sees candy so I have been eating 1 bite of my favorite and putting it back. Just like the Trunchbull in Matilda LMFAO! It is what has been keeping me from over indulging. Its the perfect bite and I enjoy it. I may not have it every single day but 2x a week.

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1 minute ago, AmberFL said:

This makes sense! I have been under 50g, I have no desire to eat any bread but my guy bought me this huge Valentines Day heart of Sees candy so I have been heating 1 bite of my favorite and putting it back. Just like the Trunchbull in Matilda LMFAO!

Hahahaha!! I eat a little bit of dark chocolate a few times a week for my mental health. I save it until after dinner and only have a bite or two, so it takes forever to finish a bar or bag of chocolate chips. But man, saving those carbs for that dark chocolate is worth it! 😂

I recently discovered freeze dried strawberries. OMG *swoon* I can't eat any raw fruit yet, it sends me right to the bathroom. But apparently freeze dried is fine and eating 1/4 cup of freeze dried strawberries easily fits into my macros. They are delicious crumbled on top of greek yogurt too! But they have to be freeze dried, the regular dried variety has sugar added and is waaay higher in carbs.

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Every doctor has different guidelines. My nutritionist provides net numbers case, and an overall range based on physical activity.

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