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ok.. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/idea2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":idea:"> so the reason low carb works is satiety (thats a word?) right??<br><br><br><br>
if i get fuller on grains and breads than fat (as im sure a lot of people do) and eat less when im not even counting carbs and eating a whole bunch of them (the good kind. most of the time)...does that mean it really doesn't matter about those ratios?<br><br><br><br>
i mean, is that the only reason to restrict your carbs. blood sugar and appetite?? because if they dont seem to matter to me, and in fact work better than the alternative, if im getting enough fat for vitamins etc and enough protein, can i quit watching percentages and numbers??<br><br><br><br>
or is there more than i realise to it. does your body actually physically not like too many carbs, regardless .<br><br><br><br>
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(back in a tic..off to get some beans..)
 

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Taurus-- as far as I saw from reading the Atkins book the diet was based on a "trick" you can get your body to do. When you restrict carbs to less than 20 mg (I think) per day, you begin to starve, no matter how much protien or fat you eat. This leads to Ketosis the loss of ketone bodies through breath, sweat and urin-- some say this is bad but I dont know. Diabetics do this too, and it is considered a bad thing. When you re-introduce the carbs the weight loss stops or slows down depending on the amount of carbs. I don't really consider it weight loss-- It is more like biochemical self-abuse-- you do lose weight, but it could be very unhealthy.<br><br><br><br>
I've frankly never watched my weight. I wouldnt know what it is like to obsess over percentages and numbers when I eat. I am a bit overweight-- just not into mathimatics. On vegitarian, if I feel I have been eating too much say--- pasta--I will eat a few days of veggies only-- tonight I had a huge bowl of brussel sprouts for dinner-- I love them. Tomorrow I will be having a big bowl of salad. I'm getting over eating some bad chili a few days ago (I didnt know I was sensitive to TVP).<br><br><br><br>
Take care of yourself...
 

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oh im not saying i DO low carb stuff. im just saying all the stuff about percentages, on the back of every freakin cereal box etc. etc. about 60-20-20 or whatever the dickens it is...is that purely for like...weight control? i mean..is that based around blood sugar etc or is it actually how your body stays healthiest??<br><br>
coz i really find it easier piling on the carbs, i dont gain weight at all, and they're mainly (MAINLY.. :/ ...) wholegrain ..is that bad?? if i eat enough fat and maybe a bit less than the req'd protein?<br><br>
if im not worried about appetite etc and all the low carb stuff seems to be about tricking the appetite as you said??
 

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As long as you are also eating enough of everything else (veggies, beans, nuts, etc), a lot of "good" carbs are fine. When you eat carbs, your body gets energy from them instead of reaching into your reserves of fat. For SOME people, over doing it can cause weight gain. White breads go through your body quickly, and cause your blood-sugar level to spike. Whole grains take longer to digest, and don't have the same effect. Basically, like everything else, moderation is key. But, as a veg, grains are, and should be, a big part of your diet. If you feel good (and get all your nutrients), don't sweat it.
 

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Sorry. I tend to leave boxed cerials alone-- so I don't know what numbers are written on the box. I've been eating steel cut oats with a touch of molassas and some soy milk usually in the AM. You need to eat a lot of "real" vegetables per day too, and a little fruit. They are "carbs" but they are a lot of soluable fiber and natural vitamins-- I am on a brussles sprout binge recently-- eating a lot of them.
 
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