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probably a very silly question re. low v medium carbing

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julietbat Thu 09-Jul-15 12:28:23

I've been thinking about following a lchf plan. I probably have up to a stone to lose and I know that's really because of my biscuit/chocolate snacking and love of wine! blush wine
I have pretty poor willpower and have never 'believed in' diets - except I think because it's a WOE and supported by logical science, low-carbing could work for me.

My silly question is... I've read some people talking about low-carbing and others about medium-carbing. I get the obvious difference but is there a specific amount that makes the difference between the two? I don't have a massive amount of weight to lose so I'm wondering if I'm more likely to stick to it if I don't start off all guns blazing! But does medium-carbing literally mean you can eat slightly more carbs?! How would I know when it's too much?

RepeatAdNauseum Thu 09-Jul-15 12:31:21

There's a low carb boot camp on here, it's very good.

One thing I'll say is that it's much more difficult to resist temptation if you can have a little bit. You'll always think, "what harm will a bit more do?" especially with cards, which are often more some! It's almost easier to cut them out and get over missing them.

Foodismymedicine Fri 10-Jul-15 14:05:11

I do a medium carb woe and I don't eat a lot of added fat. If the fat comes naturally like roast chicken then fine but I don't add much fat if it doesn't come naturally with the food. I also eat quite a bit of fruit and veg but don't eat white potatoes often nor do I eat much dairy. I do eat meat, veg, fruit and salad. Loads of fruit and veg, at least 10 very small portions per day but often more like 15. I don't drink alcohol and just have water with lemon/lime/or strawberry in. I have nuts occasionally. I am losing weight this way. My main motivation is to eat naturally rather than anything processed. I believe lowish carb is anything up to 100grams per day . I think its trial and error as to how many your body can take to lose and not gain.

toffeeboffin Fri 10-Jul-15 18:57:35

I have no idea whether your would consider the way I eat low or medium carb, but I eat loads of protein, veg, fat, very little bread and pasta.

I do however eat lots of lentils and chickpeas, they are so filling I barely need half a cup.

Ditching bread and pasta really helps. You just replace them with veg, protein, lentils etc.

julietbat Mon 13-Jul-15 23:04:38

Thanks everyone. I think I might take a relaxed approach first and get rid of the pasta and bread and cut down on sugary foods.
And then maybe tag along on a boot camp if I need a further kick up the bum!

StuntNun Tue 14-Jul-15 09:09:05

For a medium carb approach stay below 100g carbs per day. For low carb stay below 50g per day. Some people find they have to stay below 20-25g per day for effective weight loss. The Bootcamp rules will get you below 20-25g, Bootcamp Light will get you below 50g. All very approximately.

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