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Is what is defined as low carb the same regardless of size and gender

Discussion in 'Low-carb Diet Forum' started by Mandy p, May 4, 2015.

  1. Mandy p

    Mandy p Type 2 · Member

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    My husband wants to join me on my low carb diet.Thanks to this forum, it has been very successful for me in both losing weight and keeping my blood sugar levels down. I aim to eat no more than about 100g of carbs a day- approx 30g breakfast, 30g lunch and 40g dinner. He, however, is much taller and heavier than me . Should the definition of low carb be different for him ? I know that he would be allowed more calories than me-is that true for carbs too?
     
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    Indy51 Type 2 · Expert

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    Spiker Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    The amount of carbs varies by individual and each individual needs to find their own maximum level. The key point is to find the level of carbs that brings the individual into nutritional ketosis. If you are not getting into nutritional ketosis then you are not low carbing, you're just dieting.
     
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    Mandy p Type 2 · Member

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    So how do you know if you are in nutritional ketosis ?
     
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    Spiker Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Get some urine ketone strips (ketostix) for starters. They are pretty cheap from a chemist. Count your carbs. Note how many carbs a day you need to get down to before you show ketones. Write that number down because after a while the ketostix may stop working.
     
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