What is the Amount of Carbs per meal in Order to Lose Weight?

By flybabyviv Latest Reply 2015-05-22 17:23:21 -0500
Started 2013-04-17 18:53:44 -0500

Can anyone tell me how many carbs I should be consuming per meal/day in order to lose weight?

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Pegsy 2015-05-22 17:23:21 -0500 Report

I cannot give you any professional advice but only share my personal experience. I have lost 96 lbs on a low carb diet. For me, low carb meant 11-20 grams of "starchy" carbs per meal which included beans, whole grain bread or cereal, fruit, rice, potatoes, etc. I did not count the carbs in most vegetables except those that are higher in sugars such as corn, carrots. peas, tomatoes (actually a fruit), etc. Over time and with a lot of testing to see how my body reacts to certain foods, I have permanently eliminated corn, carrots, rice, potatoes and most breads from my diet. I'm not saying that everyone should do that. It's just that my body reacts strongly to these foods.

Experiment and test your blood sugar a lot in order to learn how different foods affect you personally. Good luck!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-22 19:12:57 -0500 Report

I asked my doctor this question. Weight, age, male, female makes all of these vary from person to person. You should speak with your doctor and I never start any weight loss or exercise program without consulting them.

atlbob 2013-04-18 15:36:13 -0500 Report

I also use My Fitness Pal. It is an amazing tool in helping to lose weight and count carbs for those of us who take short acting insulin. I have lost 35 pounds. It has taken a year but it was all about eating better foods and watching portion sizes. I believe the rule of thumb to weight loss " calories in…calories out " It is ALL ABOUT calories, not carbs.

ShellyLargent 2013-04-18 11:39:00 -0500 Report

I used a website called My Fitness Pal to figure out what my ideal nutrition goals should be, i.e. calorie, carb, fat, sodium intake. It's free to sign up for an account and what the site does is figures out your current BMI, what your current resting state metabolism is (what your calorie intake should be to just maintain your current weight with absolutely no activity or exercise)and then it recommends a reduced calorie and carb intake based on losing about 1 - 3 pounds per week (that's the ideal amount to lose to be healthy). Mine came back at 1300 calories and 180g of carbs for my starting BMI. I've been using the site (regularly) for about 2.5 months and I'm down 20lbs. I also joined Weight Watchers around the same time. I love their PointPlus program and it's a lot easier than I thought it would be. I go to the weekly meetings and have met a lot more people. It's been a really great experience! And it's not as expensive as you might think. You can see where there are meeting being held in your local area and what price specials they might have going on.

ShellyLargent 2013-04-18 11:52:16 -0500 Report

Forgot to mention that I did run all this by my doctor before actually started my weight loss agenda. Very important to get a doc's OK!

Nick1962 2013-04-18 11:33:24 -0500 Report

That’s really kind of impossible to answer accurately without more information, but the loose guideline is for a woman who wants to lose weight is 30-55 grams per meal, and factoring in snacks, less than 220/day. This will change with age, activity level, general health and several other factors including how much weight you have to lose.

flybabyviv 2013-04-18 12:10:07 -0500 Report

Thanks so much for both of your responses. I am 100 lbs overweight, have high blood pressure and high cholesterol in addition to my diabetes. I celebrate my milestone birthday of 50 on the 28th of this month. The information that you have given me is a good place to start.
Appreciate it so much !

Nick1962 2013-04-18 12:15:44 -0500 Report

Except for you being female, we’re in about the same boat. I cut my carbs way down to 50-75/day. Lost over 100 pounds, and got cholesterol and BP in check enough just to be on maintenance meds for both too. Best of luck! You can do it!

flybabyviv 2013-04-18 14:02:05 -0500 Report

Thanks so much! This will help alot. I am also going to go to a dietician/nutritionist as soon as I can get a chance.

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