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Limiting Carbohydrates


#1

Is it wise to try to limit carbs to say, 200g a day on a 3500+ calorie diet??

My main concerns would be over the elevated protein and fat intake as I doubt, but do not know, if it may have detrimental effects.

I'm asking as a self-identified FFB after reading the FFB Handbook. It didn't seem to clarify the macronutrient ratios, but just said to limit excess carbs.


#2

200g is not excessively low in my opinon. What are your goals? 3500 is probably not cutting, right? I suppose bulking or maintenance on that amount of carbs is ok for someone who is carb-sensitive and stores fat easily.


#3

200 seems kinda low.

Im guessing by 'excess' it means sugary or refined carbs.


#4

I gained quite a bit of fat on 3000 calories, and between 250-300g of carbs when I was bulking.

I gained a lot of strength too, but I think for me, that many calories, and carbs especially were too much, even when bulking.

The great majority of my carbs were clean too, and I even cut out any whole grains or oatmeal, and stuck mainly with veggies and fruit, and I stayed fat (still around 250g carbs, but cleaner).

I now have my carbs much lower, and my strength is staying the same, and in some cases I'm still getting stronger.

I think there are very different needs for different people.

Some kids can't seem to gain weight with anything less than 4000 calories (lucky bastards).


#5

Read CT's "Carb Cycling Codex" article. It was revolutionary in my thinking of carbohydrates. Been doing something similar ever since and, for me, it works very well.


#6

200 grams of carbs on a 3500 calorie diet isnt that big of a concern. I'm cutting on about a 3500 cal diet and aiming for in between 100-150 grams of carbs. Though I have found that 1 day a week I need to have a very high carb day. But also when I count my carbs I am not taking into account what I get from most of my veggies, so really my carbs are from my oatmeal in the morning and a little bit of rice or pasta at lunch.
Hope that sort of answears your question and jsut wasnt pointless rambalings.