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Offline smw10c

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How to count carbs?
« on: July 06, 2011, 10:53:13 AM »
Do you subtract the fiber from the carbs. My flax meal is 4 carbs and 4 fiber so I was wondering if that means I'm getting 0 carbs. I started making muffins with flax meal eggs and cinnamon and I use about 8 servings of flax meal a day (I'd rather pack in the extra 420 calories from flax meal and I already eat a dozen eggs a day so it's not like I'm doing anything but changing the cooking method). Thank you

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Re: How to count carbs?
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2011, 02:46:53 PM »
On paleo, you needn't count carbs; just restrict yourself to paleo carbs.  Unfortunately, that does not include flax meal.  Try fruit.


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Re: How to count carbs?
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2011, 10:11:51 AM »
Do you subtract the fiber from the carbs.

As others said, on paleo you do not need to count carbs, but nothing says you may not want to do it. So,as for carb counting, usually what goes into the count is net carbs (total carbs minus fiber).

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Re: How to count carbs?
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2011, 01:08:54 PM »
Net carbs vs total carbs is more and Atkins induction phase concern than it is paleo.

Carbs and fiber content are usually listed on package labels. If you are reading a package label it isn't paleo.

If you are counting carbs in fruit or nuts just enter the serving size into programs like Fitday.com and go with the results.  If you want to be accurate use the gram size entry in Fitday or MyFitnessPal.com instead of entries like medium orange or small orange.


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Re: How to count carbs?
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2011, 05:00:25 AM »
Carbs and fiber content are usually listed on package labels. If you are reading a package label it isn't paleo.
That's a bit purist, I quite often have to buy packaged products (cured meats etc.,) due to my financial situation and location at a given time. And when I do I go for what has the least additives and the least carb value.


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Re: How to count carbs?
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2011, 01:20:08 PM »
Carbs and fiber content are usually listed on package labels. If you are reading a package label it isn't paleo.
That's a bit purist, I quite often have to buy packaged products (cured meats etc.,) due to my financial situation and location at a given time. And when I do I go for what has the least additives and the least carb value.

But worrying about net carbs versus total carbs is Atkins purist not paleo. Cured meats etc., usually have only a few carbs like 2 or 3 grams and if they have fiber it is 1 or 2 grams. Not that big of a deal.

Typical non paleo 'low carb' products is where net carbs matter. I've seen low carb tortillas that show:

Total Carbs 15g
Fiber 13g
They put right on the front of the package: "Only 2 grams* of carbs."  The asterisk next to the fine print then shows net carbs after subtracting fiber.

On paleo you might eat a cup of whole raw strawberries and count 11 grams of carbs and not worry about the 2.9 grams of fiber listed by the USDA. On paleo it doesn't matter that much if you have 60g, 72g or 95g of carbs a day if you are trying to lose weight. 
« Last Edit: November 15, 2011, 01:22:15 PM by Paleo Dude »

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Re: How to count carbs?
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2011, 04:12:25 AM »
On paleo it doesn't matter that much if you have 60g, 72g or 95g of carbs a day if you are trying to lose weight.

I don't quite agree on this, it is still possible to do a high carb paleo, over 150g carbs. Just load up on fruit, but if you're trying to lose weight those are always going to be 150g carbs, even if they do not come from grains. And they aren't going to help.

I agree that carb count does not really belong to the paleo diet but one is still free to want to watch carbs and want to stay under a given quantity. Like, one may want to get into ketosis to break a stall or just because women generally find it harder to lose weight.