Fear of carbs!

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  • GaleHawkins
    GaleHawkins Posts: 8,160 Member
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    nichell88 wrote: »
    So I just transitioned into maintenance today (yay!) and I've planned my week out fully in my diary. I met with an RD in preparation to transition, and we both agreed that adding a few more carb rich items to my daily menu wouldn't hurt. I'd been sticking to low carb (under 100g a day) during weight loss and didn't feel super deprived except that I did miss eating fruit more freely. So today, along with my usual foods, I added some grapes with breakfast and smartfood with lunch. However, I will say that every time I look at my nutrients I cringe; my stomach drops a bit. The number looks so high! I'm trying to be logical about it, but it honestly gives me anxiety to see my carbs in the 130s and 140s. Has anyone else experienced this? What helped you? I know these numbers are normal in my head, but I can't shake this fearful feeling

    @nichell88 I think what you are experiencing is very normal. We get so into counting in the beginning (a good thing) that we can forget we are here to become more healthy not to learn how to count.

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    After 40 years of yo-yoing weight about killed me I finally just went with a Way Of Eating that I can enjoy and give me the best health until my death. Yes my WOE shifts from time to time which seems OK as long as I keep my total carbs <50 grams daily. My stated goal is to live to be 110 walking and talking the entire way. That has totally changed the way I eat, move and think. Where I die today or 50 years from now is not my main concern but continued health improvements along the way are my main WOE concerns. Getting past the high risk for heart disease was my first major goal I have confirmed by testing has been met. That does not mean I will not die of a stroke or heart attack but that my risks are currently lower than 74% of other 66 year old white males.
  • lporter229
    lporter229 Posts: 4,907 Member
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    You could always set your carb goal artificially high at the expense of another macro (say protein). With your protein set too low, it will quickly turn red, which may help to shift your focus off of the carbs. Just a suggestion, since you said you know your fear of carbs is irrational. Sometimes we just need to play mind games with ourselves.
  • cwolfman13
    cwolfman13 Posts: 41,874 Member
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    nichell88 wrote: »
    conkle23 wrote: »
    I would not worry about it too much. I would say as long as you stay under 150g of carbs you should be good. I try and stay under 100g but some days do not get to do that. I have start on my 180 day challenge. I am on day 6 and I have lost 13 lbs. I think you got this!!!!!

    I do not want to worry about it, i can't help it. Like I said, i know logically that I am not eating too many carbs, so I'm not worried that I am, it just freaks me out to see the number so high after being low carb for months.

    Anxiety over the numbers and me driving my wife crazy with them is one of the reasons I stopped logging altogether when I went to maintenance and just focused on good nutrition and fitness...four years later, all is well. I think a lot of people get overly wrapped up in the numbers and ultimately this calorie/macro counting stuff can take it's toll on one's mental health....I'm over it personally. Things got a little ridiculous there for awhile for me.
  • AnnPT77
    AnnPT77 Posts: 32,530 Member
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    nichell88 wrote: »
    conkle23 wrote: »
    I would not worry about it too much. I would say as long as you stay under 150g of carbs you should be good. I try and stay under 100g but some days do not get to do that. I have start on my 180 day challenge. I am on day 6 and I have lost 13 lbs. I think you got this!!!!!

    I do not want to worry about it, i can't help it. Like I said, i know logically that I am not eating too many carbs, so I'm not worried that I am, it just freaks me out to see the number so high after being low carb for months.

    Can you figure out a few specific foods you can eat that will accomplish your goals (like fruit), then take the carb column off your diary tracking for a while, as was suggested? Maybe it would be a little less alarming if you're eating to your calories, but not having that carb number slap you in the face every time.
  • noclady1995
    noclady1995 Posts: 452 Member
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    I can definitely appreciate your anxiety! Knowing that you were successful with your plan of 100g carbs, and then seeing that number go up from adding in more carbs. I have been there. Aren't our brains fabulous?! haha. It's going to take time and re-programming. I liked the idea of adjusting your macros up to 130-140, and then dial it up or down as your maintenance weight shifts. I'm currently back on low carb, after having gone back to a higher carb diet (though not necessarily higher calorie), and my weight has crept back up. So I'm going back on the low carb/high fat wagon, because I know it works and for me is the easiest way to eat and not feel hungry.
  • Salecca
    Salecca Posts: 7 Member
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    Carbohydrates do not convert into fat. Unless you are sedentary, morbidly obese or overeat 1,000 calories over mainentance for roghyl three days straight. Thr initial gain you get from carbs is simply water weight as 1g of carbs binds to 2g of water.
  • nichell88
    nichell88 Posts: 364 Member
    edited May 2017
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    @Salecca yes, I'm well aware. I didn't say anything about gaining fat, so I'm not sure how that post was relevant, but ok
  • CynthiasChoice
    CynthiasChoice Posts: 1,047 Member
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    macchiatto wrote: »
    I can understand that. Adjusting to maintenance can be a bit of a mental game.

    I'm one of those people who experienced various benefits from eating low carb so I plan to keep it up long term. At maintenance I've been experimenting with different carb levels to see how they affect hunger, cravings, energy level, my cycles (since I have PCOS), workouts, etc. I think since I'm still logging everything and am intentional about it, it helps.

    Most people will be fine increasing their carbs but if you find it has any effects you don't like (other than an expected couple of lbs of water weight coming back on), you could always tweak your macro ratios again.

    I agree! If you add carbs and then find that you get hungrier than you used to be, start recording when you are surprised by hungry feelings. After doing that for a while, look back at your diary to see if there is a pattern of eating carbs and then experiencing "inappropriate" hunger.
  • rdupuy1142
    rdupuy1142 Posts: 21 Member
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    I primarily eat carbs...doesn't seem to make much difference, but I would stick with what you like, why force yourself to eat anything, I don't. :-)
  • rdupuy1142
    rdupuy1142 Posts: 21 Member
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    P.s. I agree with what folks say about carbs and water retention. However, as a person that primarily eats carbs and takes creatine (which is also about water retention)... I first gained a few pounds, but then lost it all and another 10.... it's so ephemeral in my experience, whatever water retention there may be has long ago been overcome and therefore forgotten. I want that water weight. I do not call it bloat, I call it water my body needs. Last thing I want is a less efficiently performing organism simply to put a lower scale number out there. Anyway I am rambling...thanks for letting me talk diet, I dont get to do it very often anymore.
  • nichell88
    nichell88 Posts: 364 Member
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    rdupuy1142 wrote: »
    I primarily eat carbs...doesn't seem to make much difference, but I would stick with what you like, why force yourself to eat anything, I don't. :-)

    @rdupuy1142 Thank you, but I really feel like you're not capturing what I'm getting at here