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grammacarol 01-27-2011 06:48 PM

Vegetarian and carbs-
I saw some discussion about the percentage of protein, carbs, etc, and I know my carbs are high (50% or more), but I can't seem to figure out how to get it down without either increasing my calories or leaving out cereal. Any suggestions?

vabeachgirlNYC 01-27-2011 07:06 PM

Hi grammacarol. Welcome to FitDay.:)

I am a vegetarian too. Here's a a link to few typical days of how I eat. I do eat grains but since I normally do not eat boxed pasta, potatoes, middle aisle foods, etc, my carb% tend to be on the lower side unless I am doing a carb load or a few hours of running.

Hope it helps! :D

grammacarol 01-27-2011 08:12 PM

I guess I should stock up on more tofu and skip the pasta and bread. Just starting this and. Have never kept track. I do know that carbs in the form of bread, cookies etc. Have been my major problem.

Sallywilson 02-01-2011 06:14 PM

Your Carbs are supposed to be higher, According to my fitness Health Class at school Carbs should make up 46-65% of your daily calorie intake, Protein should be 10-35% and Fats should be 20-35%. Carbs are good and help keep you full, you just need to be eating the right kinds of Carbs. Don't eat anything that says "Enriched" in the ingredients because those are empty calories, try to stick with whole grains as much as possible.

mecompco 02-01-2011 06:51 PM

I don't know that there's any one "right" calorie mix for every body. I stay more or less on the 40/30/30 carb/protein/fat mix recommended by the "Zone" and it seems to work well for me. If it goes one way or the other a few points I really don't stress over it.

I agree that protein and complex carbs are the best--they keep you full and don't produce the quick rises in blood sugar levels that big hits of simple carbs do.

It really boils down to what works best for YOUR body.


tanyaaabee 02-03-2011 03:50 PM

Heyas.. I'm a veg too !

I know people have always told me that as a vegetarian I "wasn't getting enough protein" but it wasn't until joining this site that even a simplified pie chart showed that my carb and fat percentage was very unbalanced. I've been eating less bread products, more eggs and cottage cheese. Here in the UK we have a brand called Quorn that makes imitation meet, which is quite high in protein / low in carbs and fat.

Oh - and this is my first post.. hello! I'm 25, female, currently 140 but looking to get down to about 125.. as I was about two years ago.

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