FYI! Low Carbs = Weightloss?

11 Aug

Golden Fries... a Deadly Sin.

A lot of us struggle with our weight and body fat, but the biggest culprit of them all are Carbohydrates. Some of my favorite foods contain an extremely high amount and the portion or… “recommended serving” is 1/4 cups or 1/2 a cup” which when you put on a plate is either not enough (for me) or you don’t even notice if you have gone overboard; until you are bloated and cursing life for making you eat so much. So my friend I ask you, for those of us looking for ‘lighter’ alternatives – what would you do?

During my research for low carb idea’s I came across a wonderful blog post by Mark Sisson at This has helped me understand where I should be for the results I need! He posted his Primal Blueprint Carbohydrate Curve:

300 or more grams/day Danger Zone!
Easy to reach with the “normal” American diet (cereals, pasta, rice, bread, waffles, pancakes, muffins, soft drinks, packaged snacks, sweets, desserts). High risk of excess fat storage, inflammation, increased disease markers including Metabolic Syndrome or diabetes. Sharp reduction of grains and other processed carbs is critical unless you are on the “chronic cardio” treadmill (which has its own major drawbacks).

150-300 grams/daySteady, Insidious Weight Gain
Continued higher insulin-stimulating effect prevents efficient fat burning and contributes to widespread chronic disease conditions. This range – irresponsibly recommended by the USDA and other diet authorities – can lead to the statistical US average gain of 1.5 pounds of fat per year for forty years.

Healthy Sweet Breakfast

100-150 grams/dayPrimal Blueprint Maintenance Range
This range based on body weight and activity level. When combined with Primal exercises, allows for genetically optimal fat burning and muscle development. Range derived from Grok’s (ancestors’) example of enjoying abundant vegetables and fruits and avoiding grains and sugars.

50-100 grams/dayPrimal Sweet Spot for Effortless Weight Loss
Minimizes insulin production and ramps up fat metabolism. By meeting average daily protein requirements (.7 – 1 gram per pound of lean bodyweight formula), eating nutritious vegetables and fruits (easy to stay in 50-100 gram range, even with generous servings), and staying satisfied with delicious high fat foods (meat, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds), you can lose one to two pounds of body fat per week and then keep it off forever by eating in the maintenance range.

0-50 grams/dayKetosis and Accelerated Fat Burning
Acceptable for a day or two of Intermittent Fasting towards aggressive weight loss efforts, provided adequate protein, fat and supplements are consumed otherwise. May be ideal for many diabetics. Not necessarily recommended as a long-term practice for otherwise healthy people due to resultant deprivation of high nutrient value vegetables and fruits.

I’m just curious what my readers would consider good low carb choices for Breakfast, Lunch and/or Dinner.

Please share a comment and let us know!

3 Responses to “FYI! Low Carbs = Weightloss?”

  1. muffinplop August 11, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    this is great info! I had no idea to count carbs by grams. I wonder if its possible to eyeball them instead? Like, what would a non-whole wheat, white-flour-type bagel be in terms of grams? O.o

    I have to add though, and I know a lot of people don’t like to hear this, but breakfast is the most important meal of the day.It also can and sometimes should, contain all of your daily intake allowance for carbs. But, and there’s always that but 😦 its important to distinguish between refined carbs (processed foods, white pasta, white bread, pizza, etc), and un-refined carbs (fruits, beans, whole grains, some veggies, etc). The processed guys will leave you with insulin spiking bloat, the un-refined carbs will provide you with energy for the day, as well as facilitate the fat burning process of the metabolism, so to speak. Any time of the day the body recieves an over abundance of refined carbs, you’re tired, sluggish, sleepy… but the total opposite is true for un-refined ones… energy levels spike and do not crash like when eating sugar for energy boosts.

    So, to answer your question, have all the un-refined carbs for breakfast (or lunch, or dinner lol) that your heart desires. Have some processed carbs for breakfast as well, although it will leave your day very tiring and sluggish, the best time for the body to rid and use up the refined stuff is during the entire day. A whole wheat bagel, with egg, cheese, and a few pieces of turkey is one of my favorites… you have protiens, some carbs, and a little bit of fat which is useful for other functions.

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