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Counting carbs from fiber grams when going VLC?

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Updated February 18, 2014 at 5:35 PM
Created February 17, 2014 at 1:18 PM

I am working my way toward going VLC (35-40g), or at least cycling in days of being VLC with moderate-to-low carb days. For those of you that track macros/cals, do you count the carbs that come from fiber into your total daily carb intake? Or do you exclude those? For example, my 1/4 avocado contains approx 3g carbs, but its fiber. Should I include those 3g carbs in my daily carb count or are they excluded due to being fiber? Same for carbs that come from fiber in fibrous veggies like broccoli, spinach, etc?

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0 · February 18, 2014 at 5:35 PM

I agree fiber is alright. It's either going to be excreted or converted to SCFA and absorbed as good fats, so either way it can't hurt. Besides, they add variety to low carb meals and make eating delicious and worthwhile. Net carbs are what count, Total - Fiber.

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777 · February 17, 2014 at 5:52 PM

From what i've read a small number of VLCers weight loss stalls when they add in fibrous veggies after a period of none, although that's all anecdotal stuff I've heard here & there, god knows what they were actually eating.

I think if your going VLC, and not eating too much protein, then you'll need plenty fibrous veggies to make it into a palatable long term diet and so need not worry about fibre from veggies.

I find I actually like a fair amount of fibre just so I have a satisfying BM when it comes to that time and somewhat struggle to find as much fibre as I want going VLC, there's only so much avocado/leafy greens/nuts I can consume per day.

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I agree fiber is alright. It's either going to be excreted or converted to SCFA and absorbed as good fats, so either way it can't hurt. Besides, they add variety to low carb meals and make eating delicious and worthwhile. Net carbs are what count, Total - Fiber.

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0 · February 17, 2014 at 4:17 PM

You do not need to count your carbohydrates from fiber. Fiber does not initiate an insulin response, which is the basic idea behind a low carb diet. Don't worry about the fiber. I have been low carb for a couple of years now. I go in and out of ketosis as I want and I never worry about the fiber. Maybe some people are different, but that is the general answer.

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