I don’t know why I haven’t made the connection until now (because I was aware of how net carbs work) but up to this point I’ve been counting total carbs, and trying to stay under 40 grams or so.
The body fat has been melting off like candle wax but this is unsustainable for obvious reasons and difficult to maintain.
What is the difference between a net carb and total carbs? In simple terms you subtract grams of fiber from the total carb count to get net carbs. Example: a serving of avocado has 12 grams of carbs, but a whopping 10 grams of fiber, so the net total would be only 2 carbs. That’s why images of avocados are so ubiquitous in the keto movement! I ate two last night. 😉
Why? Because these fibrous carbs are largely indigestible. We eat them, but we can’t break them down enough for them to contribute to actual carb/sugar energy for our body. They do, however, have an enormously positive impact on digestion, gut health, and even lowering blood sugar levels. Total Carbs vs. Net Carbs
Some people chose to go by total carbs. Some people chose to go by net carbs. Some crazy-dedicated people go zero carb. Zero Carb I’m all about doing what works for you but I wouldn’t recommend going zero carb. Mainly because there are so many benefits from eating low-carb, fibrous veggies. Without them it is possible to “starve” your healthy gut flora. Fiber and Gut Flora Fiber feeds our beneficial bacteria just as much as sugar feeds parasitic bacteria. We’re just beginning to understand how critically important our microbiome is for our total health and well-being. But simply, if you want to be healthy, keep your gut happy!
It seems for the most accelerated weight loss, you want to keep total carbs at 20 grams or lower. That goes for people who are pre-diabetic or just very carb-sensitive. If you want more of a maintenance program you can loosen up a lot and count net carbs.
At this point, personally, I’m thinner than I’ve been in probably 6 years, since before the pregnancy of my last baby. I’m going to investigate a weight maintenance program soon. Because it isn’t healthy for women to drop too much body fat. We need a base line of at least 15% for healthy hormonal function. Women, Health, Body Fat I want to stick with it as a lifestyle though. My skin looks great. My thinking is clearer. I’m not plagued by sugar cravings. My anxiety has been greatly reduced. I’m still nourishing my body and eating 1,500-1,900 calories a day, depending on my activity level and hunger cues.