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Old 03-13-2013, 08:25 PM
 
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Just wondering since I think the USDA recommendation seems off at a half pound daily for my age group when it also recommends that I only get 3 cups daily for vegetables. I'm pretty fit and I eat more than 3 cups of vegetables daily, but I do want to know what should be my cutoff limit for carbs when I don't get the chance to workout from work just so I know from future reference. Usually I'll include a whole grain in my meal as something to keep my full longer due to to the fiber, but I would like if there are any vegetables I should be buying that contain as much fiber or protein to keep my full so I can reduce my carb intake to one or two meals a day instead of three.

My daily consumption of grains include:

plain oats
whole grain bread
brown rice




I have another related question: I eat a lot of beans and lentils and was wondering what the consensus on them are when it comes to their carb content daily consumption
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:38 PM
 
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You will get nothing but contradictory answers here.
Common sense and not over thinking what you eat are your best bets. If you already eat healthy why the fuss? Micromanaging carbs, proteins, fats and sugars will lead to failure.
Diet should not be some complicated thing.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:24 AM
 
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Balancing your macronutrients is not failure. It is proper nutrition. Its not complicated either these days with being able to log your intake into various online programs that are free. You should be paying attention to this. If you are too high on one of the macros you are most likely too low on another.

Beans also have a protein and a little bit of fat in them. They are not just carbs.
To get the best results with protein options like beans you will want to read about "complete proteins"

You can log your intake on spark people diet and see what you need specifically tailored to your personal stats and activity level.

But just a rough tool based on calories:
Carb, Protein, Fat Calorie Calculator

As you can see there are various levels of carbs for different types of dietary goals.
A range of 40-60% of your intake should be carbs depending on your needs.
Anything lower than that is moving into "low carb" territory.
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Old 03-15-2013, 12:12 AM
 
Location: Conejo Valley, CA
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There is no "cutoff" limit for carbohydrates, carbohydrates is the only macro-nutrient that you can eat at high levels without consequence. So long as you're getting enough protein (~10% diet) and enough fats (10~15% diet) you're fine . Pack in those whole grains, beans, lentils, potatoes, fruits......

Beans and Lentils are high in carbohydrate, have a good deal of protein (for a plant food) and are low in fat. Eat as many as you want, the only issue with legumes is the bloating they cause in people not use to eating them.
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Old 03-15-2013, 01:48 AM
 
Location: West Los Angeles
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There is no "cutoff" limit for carbohydrates, carbohydrates is the only macro-nutrient that you can eat at high levels without consequence. So long as you're getting enough protein (~10% diet) and enough fats (10~15% diet) you're fine . Pack in those whole grains, beans, lentils, potatoes, fruits......
Are you kidding? Did the OP say they're trying to get fat?
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Old 03-15-2013, 04:11 AM
 
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You are already taking daily 3 cups of vegetables. But if you are still feeling hungry than go for small and frequent meals. It will keep you fuller all the time and you will eat less. Just donít cut more portions of your meals otherwise you may be nutritional deficiency.
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:51 AM
 
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Are you kidding? Did the OP say they're trying to get fat?
user_id doesn't care what the OP said. He's on a mission.

Practical advice for real people: if your mind is racing, or you can't lift as much weight as you used to, or your hair is falling out and your body temperature is falling, then by all means, eat more starch. If you're like 99 percent of people and don't fall in any of those categories, then you're probably better off eating less starch than you currently do.
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Old 03-15-2013, 10:15 AM
 
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There is no "cutoff" limit for carbohydrates, carbohydrates is the only macro-nutrient that you can eat at high levels without consequence. So long as you're getting enough protein (~10% diet) and enough fats (10~15% diet) you're fine . Pack in those whole grains, beans, lentils, potatoes, fruits......

Beans and Lentils are high in carbohydrate, have a good deal of protein (for a plant food) and are low in fat. Eat as many as you want, the only issue with legumes is the bloating they cause in people not use to eating them.

No consequence? What about "fat storage"? Carbs are a fuel source. If you aren't using these carbs they get stored as body fat. We mostly utilize carbs when our heart rate is above 130 or so. How often is that? During high intensity cardio for sure. The other 23 hours per day? Ehhh, hardly ever. So they get stored as fat.

OP, your carb intake should match your daily activity. If you sit in an office each day you don't NEED any carbs. To that person I'd recommend 50-100 grams per day, depending on their goal/current condition. By the sounds of it, for you, I'd recommend 75-100 grams. I advise this not knowing your current bodyweight.

Carbohydrates are the ONLY macronutrient that is not "essential" for life. Protein and fats are.

Green carbs are fibrous and digested differently so have it. No limit there.
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:29 AM
 
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There is no "cutoff" limit for carbohydrates, carbohydrates is the only macro-nutrient that you can eat at high levels without consequence. So long as you're getting enough protein (~10% diet) and enough fats (10~15% diet) you're fine . Pack in those whole grains, beans, lentils, potatoes, fruits......

Beans and Lentils are high in carbohydrate, have a good deal of protein (for a plant food) and are low in fat. Eat as many as you want, the only issue with legumes is the bloating they cause in people not use to eating them.
Those protein and fat %s are far too low for a healthy diet. You must have adequate protien because without it you can do irreversible damage to your body.


"Protein deficiency and malnutrition can lead to variety of ailments including mental retardation and kwashiorkor"
Protein (nutrient) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


15% for fat is a low fat diet. You body needs healthy fats to survive. The 10% number is too low.

Nutrition for Everyone: Basics: Dietary Fat | DNPAO | CDC

Maybe you had it confused with the saturated fats #? Its suppose to be <10%.
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:38 AM
 
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No consequence? What about "fat storage"? Carbs are a fuel source. If you aren't using these carbs they get stored as body fat. We mostly utilize carbs when our heart rate is above 130 or so. How often is that? During high intensity cardio for sure. The other 23 hours per day? Ehhh, hardly ever. So they get stored as fat.

OP, your carb intake should match your daily activity. If you sit in an office each day you don't NEED any carbs. To that person I'd recommend 50-100 grams per day, depending on their goal/current condition. By the sounds of it, for you, I'd recommend 75-100 grams. I advise this not knowing your current bodyweight.

Carbohydrates are the ONLY macronutrient that is not "essential" for life. Protein and fats are.

Green carbs are fibrous and digested differently so have it. No limit there.

If you are doing a "zero carb" diet you have to check in with your doctor every couple months. Its not without negative health risks and not all bodies are suited for it if you have underlying health conditions. Just posting that to make people aware.
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