If I'm limiting my carbs to 20-30 a day, how much should I factor in my overall calorie intake?
January 28, 2011 11:27 AM Subscribe
DietFilter! I want to lose 15-20 pounds by this autumn. If I'm limiting my carbs to 20-30 a day, how much should I factor in my overall calorie intake?
posted by Viola to Health & Fitness (31 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
After reading the Gary Taubes books, my boyfriend and I cut down on our carbs, first going under 20 carbs a day, then falling off the wagon for a bit, and then resuming a lowish-carb diet. Bread, rice, pasta, and especially sugar are very rarely consumed. We eat mainly meat, tofu, vegetables, and nuts. I've lost 20 pounds in a year, the dude lost about 35.
When I put my height and weight into a calculator that only figures out how many calories I'd need to lose 1 pound a week, it says 1200. This is, of course, not counting the fact that I'm limiting carbohydrates. I know that one must maintain a calorie deficit even on a low carb diet, but for how much? 1200 calories seems awfully low to begin with, but that's because I'm already within the normal weight range for my height and would need to restrict caloric intake by a significant margin to keep up the weight loss. If I lost 20 pounds, I'd be on the lower end of the healthy weight spectrum for my height.
So, low carb diet on 1200 calories? Or can I have more leeway when I restrict carbs?