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What defines low carb?

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Wings13 Wed 13-Jan-16 13:00:07

Am sure this has been asked numerous occasions but what defines low carb? Eg, if a cracker has 6g of carbs,is that low? Trying to low carb to a certain degree to see if it helps!

FavadiCacao Thu 14-Jan-16 10:35:01

There are different ways to low carb'ing, making it difficult to put a precise definition but all concentrate in eating non processed nutritionally dense food.

To put it into perspective: it would require over 500g of broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, lettuce, avocado, pumpkin, asparagus, kale, courgettes, olives etc. to eat the equivalent of 1 cracker worth of carbs. Nutritionally, the veg has essential vitamins, minerals, fibre...a cracker is, at best, nutritionally void and it's a highly processsed food (flour, sugar, vegetable oil, emulsifiers, stabilisers, anti-caking agents...).

If you are hesitant about jumping in with two feet, how about starting with a softer approach by eliminating flour products (bread, crackers, pizza, pasta, cakes, biscuits...) and sugar (including fruit juices, squashes, flavoured water...)?

Paleogirl Wed 20-Jan-16 20:00:33

Some go for under 20grams, some under 50 and some 100grams. So you can go lowish carb and still lose weight. This would ease you in as it takes time to switch your brain and your body over to not having an insulin surge.
I do paleo which is lower carb and unprocessed.

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