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Count Carbs in Protein Powders?


#1

Im doing CT's Superhero program along with carb cycling. The diet calls for 2 grams of protein per lb of body weight with under 75 grams of carbs on the low days. This would mean I need to ingest 440g of protein on these days. My question is, do I count the carbs coming from protein shakes? I upped the amount of whey on those days and 3 shakes with 2 scoops would be roughly 24 grams of carbs...I guess I should eat no grains on those days and stick to the whey and grilled chicken?

My main concern is the carbs coming from my protein shakes because I do ingest a lot of them throughout these low days on top of like tuna with low carb wraps (roughly 5g carbs each)...also almonds have 5g of carbs per 1/4 cup serving. It just seems hard to hit 440g of protein while eating under 75g carbs


#2

Of course you count those carbs. The only carbs you can ever get away with not counting are green veggies.

S


#3

Yes you should count those carbs.


#4

[quote]The Mighty Stu wrote:
Of course you count those carbs. The only carbs you can ever get away with not counting are green veggies.

S[/quote]

One more question, do you count total carbs in a “low carb wrap” or net effective carbs? Thanks…just want to clear this up to make sure Im doing this correctly


#5

I count the carbs in protein because they are often sugars used for flavor purposes. Any sugar should certainly be counted. I dont trust the whole “net effective carb” thing either no matter how they term it. Its like those protein bars that have a bunch of sugar alcohols in them so they can label them “carb control” or whatever. I still count those whether I need to or not.


#6

Yeah, the whole ‘net’ carbs is a way for companies that manufacture carb foods to fool carb-phobic people into thinking they’re being healthy. The only carbs that constitute a gray area could be fiber. Complex carbs are carbs, and simple carbs are carbs,… none of this ‘only count sugar’ crap -lol.

S