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How to eat all your carbs?

dlatorre80sdlatorre80s Member, Premium Posts: 11 Member Member, Premium Posts: 11 Member
This is my 5th week of counting macros and I’m having such a hard time in eating all my carbs, and I’m really avoiding in eating carbs after 6pm, any suggestions, does it mean that I need to eat more carbs when eating breakfast and lunch?

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  • moogie_fitmoogie_fit Member, Premium Posts: 266 Member Member, Premium Posts: 266 Member
    Oatmeal, bread, milk, yogurt, veg, fruit, anything with added sugar, granola bars
  • concordanciaconcordancia Member Posts: 5,179 Member Member Posts: 5,179 Member
    I think of carbs as a maximum, protein as a minimum and don't worry much at all about fat.

    I also don't believe in setting artificial time limits on my macros.
  • LyndaBSSLyndaBSS Member, Premium Posts: 6,988 Member Member, Premium Posts: 6,988 Member
    I don't pay much attention to the macros. I focus on staying in a calorie deficit.
  • sardelsasardelsa Member Posts: 9,462 Member Member Posts: 9,462 Member
    I use carbs to fill in the blanks after hitting protein and fat. I do make sure I get enough especially when gaining and around heavy workout days. Pasta, bread, noodles, rice, potatoes, fruit, cereals.. if you are struggling to get cals in juices, syrups, jams, dried fruit, candy.

    Are you trying to gain? Lose? No reason not to consume after 6pm. If you are bulking that can really limit you especially if you are trying to get your calories in.
  • MikePTYMikePTY Member, Premium Posts: 3,823 Member Member, Premium Posts: 3,823 Member
    Macro percentages are largely personal preference. If you want to use macros as a guide, you can lower your carb percentage to something that is more manageable to you.

    As others have said, there is no reason to not eat carbs after 6pm. So if you do want to eat more carbs, that would be the first thing that you should change.
  • cwolfman13cwolfman13 Member Posts: 38,008 Member Member Posts: 38,008 Member
    This is my 5th week of counting macros and I’m having such a hard time in eating all my carbs, and I’m really avoiding in eating carbs after 6pm, any suggestions, does it mean that I need to eat more carbs when eating breakfast and lunch?

    Focus on what matters most...calories. You can play with your macros later...or not...they aren't particularly important outside of personal performance and preference. There's nothing magical about hitting a certain amount of carbs or anything like that...they are default guidelines and that is all. Most people will ultimately adjust them to fit with there personal preferences and/or fitness performance.
  • J72FITJ72FIT Member Posts: 5,494 Member Member Posts: 5,494 Member
    This is my 5th week of counting macros and I’m having such a hard time in eating all my carbs, and I’m really avoiding in eating carbs after 6pm, any suggestions, does it mean that I need to eat more carbs when eating breakfast and lunch?

    Why are you avoiding carbs after 6pm?
  • J72FITJ72FIT Member Posts: 5,494 Member Member Posts: 5,494 Member
    cwolfman13 wrote: »
    This is my 5th week of counting macros and I’m having such a hard time in eating all my carbs, and I’m really avoiding in eating carbs after 6pm, any suggestions, does it mean that I need to eat more carbs when eating breakfast and lunch?

    Focus on what matters most...calories. You can play with your macros later...or not...they aren't particularly important outside of personal performance and preference. There's nothing magical about hitting a certain amount of carbs or anything like that...they are default guidelines and that is all. Most people will ultimately adjust them to fit with there personal preferences and/or fitness performance.

    You beat me to it...
  • DanyellMcGinnisDanyellMcGinnis Member Posts: 312 Member Member Posts: 312 Member
    I don't track macros at all because it is just really not worth the time to me to input all the ingredients and weights into MFP for something I will eat once or twice and never again (my husband does the cooking and keeps tracks of weights and calories on a white board in the kitchen and then I create overall calorie entries for dinners based on that). I understand other people may feel differently, of course.

    Though honestly I am probably eating at least 200-250 grams of carbs a day, at least 40-50% of which are consumed after 8PM.
  • J72FITJ72FIT Member Posts: 5,494 Member Member Posts: 5,494 Member
    I appreciate the comments, the reason why i was saying not to eat carbs after 6pm was because carbs turn into fat when your not moving around so much. However I do eat protein at night.

    Not true...
  • deannalfisherdeannalfisher Member, Premium Posts: 5,604 Member Member, Premium Posts: 5,604 Member
    I appreciate the comments, the reason why i was saying not to eat carbs after 6pm was because carbs turn into fat when your not moving around so much. However I do eat protein at night.

    yeah no...there is no science to support that...excess calories turn to fat, regardless of what time of day you eat them...
  • Keto_VampireKeto_Vampire Member Posts: 1,682 Member Member Posts: 1,682 Member
    I appreciate the comments, the reason why i was saying not to eat carbs after 6pm was because carbs turn into fat when your not moving around so much. However I do eat protein at night.
    J72FIT wrote: »
    I appreciate the comments, the reason why i was saying not to eat carbs after 6pm was because carbs turn into fat when your not moving around so much. However I do eat protein at night.

    Not true...

    Only if you believe in the carb fairy...utter nonsense/myth
    Poor Gizmo got a woo
    edited August 2019
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 15,868 Member Member, Premium Posts: 15,868 Member
    I appreciate the comments, the reason why i was saying not to eat carbs after 6pm was because carbs turn into fat when your not moving around so much. However I do eat protein at night.

    Actually, the thing that turns into fat most readily . . . is fat, because it's already fat, right? (Less "turning into" is required.) But even fat won't be stored as body fat in a calorie deficit, or on net even in maintenance, so no worries.
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