Should I Count Calories or Carbs?
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I've always had problems with my weight and have tried many diets. I'd like to know whether counting calories or carbs is better as far as losing weight and keeping it off.
— Trisha, Mississippi
Well, the answer is that countingbothis important — but counting calories is more important! To lose weight, you must eat fewer calories than you expend in any given day. You can actually reduce the amount of carbohydrates you eat, but if you're still taking in more calories than you're expending, you'll gain weight.
Usually, women on a diet should eat about 1,200 to 1,500 calories per day; men, approximately 1,500 to 1,800 calories per day. This will allow for a weight loss of one to two pounds per week, which is considered a safe rate of loss. Staying within that calorie range, you might be able to decrease hunger pangs to by reducing carbs and eating more protein, which can help you feel fuller longer as well as reduce cravings.
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