Carbs Are My Friend

Posted by Garth on Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Seriously, how the hell do people avoid carbs? I've been tracking what I eat for the last few weeks, and though I suspected it before, carbs appear to be my best friend. I mean, here's my average daily intake for the last week:

Calories: 1775
Fat: 60 grams
Carbs: 156 grams
Protein: 60 grams
Alcohol: 52 grams
Having said that, I'm on a steady downward trend with my weight, so I must be doing something right. But cutting out carbs - or even eating more protein than carbs - just seems ludicrous. Who comes up with this shit?


Michael Reid said...

Awesome dude.

Q: How are you tracking what you eat and converting it to these numbers?

Q: Who says what is good and bad? Are there guidlines or is this a personal trainer sort of exercise?

Garth said...

Updated post to include the site I'm using for tracking, but I'm also using because it has a nice hook into fitday (i.e. if fitday doesn't have it but dietfacts does, you can add it to your custom foods with a couple of clicks). Also been just copying shit from the nutritional information on boxes into my fitday custom foods (I have a lot of custom foods entered at this point).

I don't really know who says what is good and bad... I just hear in passing that protein is good and carbs are bad. You know, Atkins and shit. I don't really know what I'm talking about, but I'm trying to keep my caloric intake below 2000/day, and generally target more like 1500 (though that's a tough one to hit with the foods I eat and the drinks I drink).

Peter said...

The whole eat less carbs, eat more protein, eat more of this and less of that is about people trying to achieve a goal of a “diet” of some kind.
A lot of diets are about people trying to lose weight. The only way to lose weight is to burn more calories than you consume.
This is my understanding of the “eat less carbs” type of diet. “Simple Carbohydrates” like white bread or potato and/or potato based products are usually types of foods that the body can easily turn into energy (there are also complex Carbohydrates, but I won’t go into those). The body will digest the sugars (glucose, fructose, etc) from carbohydrates very quickly.
The digestion of these sugars provides the body with energy; some of this energy is used immediately and some is stored as fat.
If your intake of sugar, through carbohydrates or chocolate or Pringles or Snickers Bars, etc is greater than the amount of energy your body is burning then you’re going to get fat.
If you’re burning more calories than you’re consuming then you will lose weight.
But then, I’ve never known you to be a big eater.

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