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Thursday, April 05, 2007

Weight Loss & Nutrition Series #4

Carbohydrates Guidelines and Calculator

These weight loss guidelines for carbohydrates can vary depending on your activity level and body condition.

Carbohydrate Guidelines
  • 3 to 4 grams of carbohydates per pound of body weight is recommended but for weight loss reason I would consider having 2 to 3 grams.
  • You can also look at it like eating 40% of your calories as carbohydrates which would be in a 2000 calorie about 800 calories or 200 grams of carbohydrates.
  • If you prefer more carbohydrates in your diet than eat about 60% of your calories as carbohydrates that would be about in a 2000 calorie diet 300 grams of carbohydrates. Anymore than you need to be very active or weight loss will become a struggle.

Carbohydrate Calculator

Whether you are at work, clean your home or at the park with your kids, carbohydrates are the primary source of energy during your day. They should make up at least 40% of your daily calories unless you are extremely active.

To determine the carbohydrate ratio needed to lose weight and eat healthy you must go by your body weight. Determine your body weight and times it by 2 or 3 to come up with the total carbohydrate grams needed. You can switch it to calories by times the number by 4 as 1 carbohydrate has 4 calories.

It's that simple.

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