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Low-carb diets

Does it matter where the carbs come from?

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Lenl · 14/08/2017 20:28

Just embarking on LCHF as of today.
Normally our dinners are low carb but tonight we'd already planned on having pasta and pesto as it was a hurried night. I still had it but a smaller portion of pasta. I ate virtually no carbs all day so am still within my limit (currently 50g a day as breastfeeding a 7 week old). So overall I had 47g of carbs today with moderate protein and high fat.

But then DP said it probably matters where the carbs come from and I should be getting them from veg only.

Is he right?

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StuntNun · 15/08/2017 15:52

Not necessarily. Some people follow the IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) principle where you can eat whatever you want so long as your carbs, protein and fat make up the correct proportion of your diet.

BIWI · 15/08/2017 15:54

However, there are a lot more nutrients (generally speaking) in vegetables than there are in pasta! But every now and then I'd say it would be fine.

StepAwayFromCake · 15/08/2017 15:56

It may depend on your personal response to insulin, though. Once I'm well established on LCHF I could get away with the occasional carby meal, but before then it would cause me to crave more carbs and to be hungry again very soon.

Lenl · 15/08/2017 19:26

Thanks for the responses! I doubt I'll have a meal like that very often as you can have so little I'd rather have a pile of veg.

Now I'm worrying I'm eating too much fat! I feel good, I'm hungry by each meal but not as quickly as normal it seems. Still feel worried I'll have a heart attack or something or not lose weight even though I'm convinced by the science... I think although my ratios are ok I'm eating too much in terms of grams of fat do might make it back a little and see how I feel. If I still feel satiated I'll know it's ok I guess.

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