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To think tha more than one carb for dinner is unnecessary (and will probably make you fat if done regularly)

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HackerFucker22 Sun 20-Sep-15 19:12:55

Just back from a friends and had a very interesting debate over dinner.

We all had homemade pizza and garlic bread which was bloody lovely but I made a comment about having a "carb on carb" meal to be met with blank stares... I explained further and not one person seemed to think there was anything odd about eating so many carbs at once.

There were 6 of us and I am the only fat one.

Half of the group said they have more than one carb with dinner "quite often" <faints with shock> examples were jacket spuds served with Lasagne, some type of bread with pasta dishes and curry with rice and Naan - one friend has very posh bread on the table with every evening meal

We're all in our 30's, mostly have kids and jobs so no time for excessive gym attendance.

AIBU to think they are all talking utter shite?

WorraLiberty Sun 20-Sep-15 19:16:13


I've only ever heard of this carb obsession on MN to be honest.

I genuinely don't give it a second thought, so if for example I want pizza with garlic bread or curry, rice and naan then that's exactly what I have.

I'm not fat and I never have been. I think it's more about over consumption than obsessing about carbs etc really.

lighteningirl Sun 20-Sep-15 19:16:39

I love carbs I avoid sugar (not maniacally) and watch my fat intake but I don't get all this demonizing of carbs. If you couldn't regularly eat pasta and bread someone really ought to tell Italy and if carbs after 7 at night are bad God help Spain

EatShitDerek Sun 20-Sep-15 19:17:14

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gamerwidow Sun 20-Sep-15 19:17:20

Carb on carb done fairly frequently in this house too. It's not this that makes you fat it's snacking imo that does this.

Micah Sun 20-Sep-15 19:19:52

If you're the only fat one, maybe it's your attitude to carbs that is wrong?

Carbs are energy, same as everything else. If you're fat it's not about eating too many carbs, it's about eating too much food.

PHANTOMnamechanger Sun 20-Sep-15 19:20:33

I think its not about rationing carbs, but more about portion sizes and excercise levels.

Roast spuds, yorkshires, as part of a sunday dinner followed by crumble and custard- yum.
Lasagne and chips and salad - yum.
Spag bol and garlic bread - yum.
Chilli, rice, nachos and dips - yum.

IHaveBrilloHair Sun 20-Sep-15 19:20:55

I generally don't have more than one, not because of any health reasons, I'd just find it too filling regularly.
It depends though I suppose, rice and naan can be good with curry, but half of each, and I do love the odd crisp sarnie, a roast would have yorkies and roast potatoes too, and possibly even bread sauce if it's chicken.

PHANTOMnamechanger Sun 20-Sep-15 19:23:27

I also think that often, people who are all showy-offy about not eating lots of carbs at a meal, and are judgemental of others, are the ones ending up hungry and snacking in between meals.

LookingUpAtTheStars Sun 20-Sep-15 19:23:52

Mmm.... chip butties, with gravy. Hungry now.

BrandNewAndImproved Sun 20-Sep-15 19:24:00

I do carbs on carbs and I'm right in the middle of the ideal weight for my bmi and that's with big bones.

I went through a my fitness pal stage, not because I was over weight but because I was gyming it religiously and didn't want to lose weight so I was eating back my calories. Even though I hardly hit my ideal carb intake I put on weight and was obsessed with treat food. It may of been muscle but I stopped when I recognised how unhealthy all the obsessing about food was.

lighteningirl Sun 20-Sep-15 19:24:11

I think portions are important like PHANTOM says I try and have at least a third and often half my meals veg

MTPurse Sun 20-Sep-15 19:24:28

Yabu! Its Sunday! where was your Roast dinner with Roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding? wink

CrohnicallyAspie Sun 20-Sep-15 19:24:38

Don't forget that a portion of carbs though is smaller than you think... it's half a jacket potato or 3 new potatoes or one slice of bread or 2 spoonfuls of rice, and it's recommended you have around 3 portions with each meal. If I was having eg lasagne and jacket potato I'd have a smaller portion of each (ie half a jacket spud). I don't think it matters if you're having all 3 carb portions of one sort or splitting it. The only thing that would make you fat is if you're having 3 portions of each carb, so 6 portions in total.

CremeEggThief Sun 20-Sep-15 19:25:09

YABU. It was rude of you to comment on the meal you were served, as you describe.

TheFallenMadonna Sun 20-Sep-15 19:25:24

Perhaps they were trying to make the friend who cooked the meal feel less awkward?

ImperialBlether Sun 20-Sep-15 19:25:29

My son was at the doctor's and asked about his weight - he's very thin. The doctor said the best way to put on weight was to double-carb. He did and found it worked (though he's still skinny.)

Micah Sun 20-Sep-15 19:26:04

Also, if you think about it, why is more than one carb so bad. Its not as if bread and rice interact- if you just ate smaller portions of each you'd have the same overall carbs as one large portion.

And yy, I agree with pp you were very rude to criticise a groups eating at a meal. They must have been looking at you and thinking wtf, you're lecturing us on our eating habits..

It's carbohydrates. Not like they were speedballing heroin and cocaine.

Marynary Sun 20-Sep-15 19:26:33

I wouldn't think twice about having two carbs. The main thing the counts with regard to getting fat is the portion size and calories. Regarding health, I would be more worried about the amount of fat in the pizza and garlic bread than anything else although I suppose if it is homemade it could be alright.

Alibabsandthe40Musketeers Sun 20-Sep-15 19:27:11


You sound hideously rude. I wouldn't dream of commenting on a meal served to me by anyone, other than to thank them.

Wadingthroughsoup Sun 20-Sep-15 19:30:39

Like IHaveBrillo, I personally can't usually manage more than one carb portion in one meal (although I would, for example, have a bread roll before a meal in a restaurant).

At home, I don't usually serve more than one carb with a meal. I don't serve spuds with pie or quiche, for example. The exceptions are garlic bread with pizza, and Yorkies with spuds in a roast dinner.

But it doesn't bother me if others do.

TeaPleaseLouise Sun 20-Sep-15 19:31:12

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Cocolepew Sun 20-Sep-15 19:34:22

I dont understand why you were lecturing them about carb on carb confused when you say you don't do it but you were the only fat one there.
That doesn't make any sense.

brokenhearted55a Sun 20-Sep-15 19:36:39

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StealthPolarBear Sun 20-Sep-15 19:37:34

Yes as a pp said surely it's about portion size. A slice of garlic bread is just pizza with the cheese and tomato taken off and garlic and oil put on - presumably you have more than one slice of pizza?

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