Carbs Vs Calories - What To Count For Weight Lose?
We are gonna talk about the difficulty that people have when faced with the carb versus calorie issue. A lot of people who go see the dietician and dietitians do a great job. Lots of times, though, it gets a little confusing because they will teach particularly people who have diabetes how to count carbs. This oftentimes does not result in losing weight.
We are gonna teach you what's most important for weight loss. If you have diabetes or you've gone to see a dietitian and they focus on carbohydrates, certainly, learn and listen from the experience. However, the punch line is calories - you must pay attention to how many calories every day.
Lots of times people will try to ballpark it. Don't ballpark it! You must count! That's why the MyFitnessPal app is so good because it counts it for you. Just enter in what you're eating and you get the result.
It is very important to not get confused with the counting carbohydrates because you can keep track of your carbs but that doesn't mean that you're counting the protein and fat. And you are losing track or have no idea about probably two-thirds of what is making up your meals for the day.
In addition, if you're gonna focus on carbohydrates alone, the only way to make that work to have you lose weight is if you're following Atkins or South Beach diets. These diets are cutting your carbs to less than 20 or 40 grams a day because that's when you put yourself into a state of ketosis.
Again, it's very confusing for people the carbohydrate thing and the calorie thing. Just focus on how many calories a day, count everything every day and keep it again, use something to note them like an index card or like the MyFitnessPal which is a great app for your phone. Everybody has their phone with them all the time and they're glued to their phones so that makes it very straightforward.
Forget about the carbs unless you're doing Atkins or South Beach diets. If you decide you want to do Atkins or South Beach then, by all means, read the book and count your carbohydrates. If you keep them to under 20 in the induction phase, which is kind of pretty rough to do, but and then it kind of allows you to go up to 40 grams of carbs.
Count everything including protein, because it is very important, because you will get to eat more and be more full for the number of calories in the protein that you eat. If you have a portion size of the chicken that's much more filling for the number of calories that you'll get out of it as opposed to the same volume of spaghetti. Protein is filling, protein will not spike your insulin output after you eat. The downside benefit of that is that less insulin output means you're less hungry later.
Most of your day should be made up of protein and vegetables. When you're planning on your week make cook up some chicken in speedy sauce or whatever and then slice it up and just put it in the fridge for the week. If you want to nibble on something, pull that out nibble on it, you can wrap it in a romaine lettuce or like that. You can roll up lunch meat dip it in mustard.
These are ways you can get protein without its low calorie and low carb. But again, you must count. It is very tricky because a lot of people who will go see the dietician for their diabetes be told how to count carbs and then wonder why they're not losing weight. It's because you're not counting calories.