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Doctor insights on: How Does The Body Absorb Calories From Complex Carbohydrates

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What's the benefit of consuming complex carbohydrates (grains mostly) over simple carbohydrates (fruits, veggies)?

What's the benefit of consuming complex carbohydrates (grains mostly) over simple carbohydrates (fruits, veggies)?

You got it backwards: Fruits and veggies are NOT simple carbohydrates! Simple carbohydrates are sugars and foods that easily break down into sugars,such as white flour,white rice, potatoes and juices.These readily raise our blood sugar, which is unhealthy.Complex carbohydrates are found in whole grains,most vegetables and fruits and generally contain fiber. These raise blood sugar less. See http://tinyurl.com/y8f4cagu ...Read more

Calorie (Definition)

A calorie is the amount of heat energy needed to increase a mililiter of water 1 degree centigrade, the calorie we talk about in foods is really a kilocalorie, that is the amount of energy needed to increase a liter of water 1 degree centigrade... So if you eat a food that is 500 calories that food if burned completely has enough energy to heat a liter of ...Read more


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Does anybody know how many carbs, calories and sugar a body needs for a healthy nutrition plan?

Does anybody know how many carbs, calories and sugar a body needs for a healthy nutrition plan?

Depends on size: And activity. No more than 100gm of carbohydrates (including sugar) is needed. One needs about one gm protein/kg of body weight. Fats need not make up more than one third of the total calories. Total caloric intake depends on the size and activity of the person. The best guide for caloric intake is the person's weight/bmi. You may wish to consult a nutritionist. ...Read more

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Whats the best way to decrease body fat i run a lot and do not consume very many calories or carbs just not working any tips?

Whats the best way to decrease body fat i run a lot and do not consume very many calories or carbs just not working any tips?

Weight loss: Stick to a plant based diet, do aerobic exercise 4 to 6 times a week in your target zone, being a little breathy and do weight training three times a week. You should see results in time with this regimen. Best. ...Read more

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If the body burns carbs first then dose that mean even if i reach calorie deficit i still wont be burning be burning fat?

If the body burns carbs first then dose that mean even if i reach calorie deficit i still wont be burning be burning fat?

It's more complex...: The human body likes to use glucose (a sugar, thus a carb), which comes from the food in the stomach & small intestine, and from the liver (where glucose is stored in a starch form called glycogen). As long as one is not eating enough to supply glucose to his cells, his liver will run low on glucose/glycogen, and his body will burn other fuels like fat (and even protein) to keep his cells working. ...Read more

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700 calories per day.Not eating any carbs or animal related foods.Stop eating after 10am.Will body burn the calories at the end of day? No gym tho!

700 calories per day.Not eating any carbs or animal related foods.Stop eating after 10am.Will body burn the calories at the end of day? No gym tho!

Severe Diet!: This is a severe diet. 700 calories/day is less than half of the metabolic requirements of an adult at rest without any physical activity. It is too severe and can result in kidney damage. Not eating after 10am means you aren't fueling your body during the times when your body needs it the most. Please consult a doctor to discuss your needs and a healthy diet and exercise plan. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How to figure out how many calories of carbs does your body store before turning them into fat?

How to figure out how many calories of carbs does your body store before turning them into fat?

Age, and gender : Normal body functions require a baseline of energy- approx. 12-1600 cal based on age, ht/wt , gender and genetic predisposition. If you have chronically dieted, consuming less than 1200 cal/day your body will adapt and burn less. The concept of increase energy use- exercise with reduced calories should prove to be a vital combination to lose weight. ...Read more

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Can too much calories and carbohydrate cause diabetes?

Can too much calories and carbohydrate cause diabetes?

Calories and carbs: There can only be too much calories and carbohydrates if you take too much. The best way to decide is to keep check of your weight and well being. You might also want to go to online to "NuVal" and see the calorie/carb content of about 100 items that may change your eating habits. ...Read more

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Is it true that carbohydrates make you fat not calories?

Is it true that carbohydrates make you fat not calories?

Not exactly: Veggies ; fruits are carbohydrates, and so is brown rice, etc. These are also high fiber though, and are healthy in a weight loss diet. Heavily processed carbohydrates like cupcakes, cookies, crackers, white flour bread products, and table sugar drive up your Insulin -- and over time can lead to Insulin resistance. This can lead to weight gain. Type of carbs is important, and so are the calories. ...Read more

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How much percentage of calories in a daily diet should be from carbohydrate?

How much percentage of calories in a daily diet should be from carbohydrate?

45-65%: Your carbs should be about 45-65% of your total calories every day. Choose good carbs like fruits, veggies, nuts and beans, and whole grains. Happy eating! ...Read more

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How can you count your protein, fat and carbohydrate calories?

Caloric value: Carbs and protein provide 4kcal (just consider these calories) per gram. Fat contains 9 calories per gram. But for watching your weight, one must consider the magic of insulin. It stores fat - big time! so keep Insulin low by avoiding sweets and starches. Use green veggies as a sole source of carbohydrates to optimize your weight. It doesn't get any simpler or more successful than that. ...Read more

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Do doctors think it's healthier to get your calories from carbohydrates or lipids?

Do doctors think it's healthier to get your calories from carbohydrates or lipids?

Caloric intake: Balance of the dietary intake for calories, not a single source of calories as "better" is what is absolutely necessary. With each dietary source--protein, carb, fats--comes vitamins, minerals, and proteins unique to each source which are essential in the diet. ...Read more

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If looking for nutrition of products should I look at the calories fat or carbohydrates?

Entire label.: The whole nutrition facts label needs to be read. Focus on fiber, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and protein as indicators of a good choice. Limit simple sugars, saturated and trans fats. ...Read more

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What outcomes can be expected with a lipid profile when you provide < 20% of calories from fat and 60% from carbohydrate?

What outcomes can be expected with a lipid profile when you provide < 20% of calories from fat and 60% from carbohydrate?

Can't say: There are several factors in play. Genetics, alcohol intake, amount of exercise. Cannot second-guess this, so just be tested and go from there with your doctor's help. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there a definitive link between complex carbohydrates and cancer? Last I checked carbs are supposed to be the majority of your calories.

Is there a definitive link between complex carbohydrates and cancer? Last I checked carbs are supposed to be the majority of your calories.

Food and cancers: Complex carb foods are far healthier than simple, refined carb foods. Processed carbs have healthy elements processed away. Antioxidants- the color of fruit and veg - protect from cancer and aid health in other ways. Eat them daily. More is better. The food/cancer connection associates mostly with animal fats (saturated fats), refined carbs in excess, obesity, & lack of colon healthy fiber. ...Read more

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What can my calorie, carbohydrate, protein intake be?

What can my calorie, carbohydrate, protein intake be?

Too many variables!: Sex, weight, activity level! are you an apple or pear in terms of body shape. What are your goals? Sorry, need more info! ...Read more

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How many calories in a strict low carbohydrate diet?

How many calories in a strict low carbohydrate diet?

Depends on fat & : Protein. The amount of calories in a diet depends on the total content of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. A person can consume any number of calories with a low carbohydrate diet depending on the intake of fat and protein. ...Read more

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Some food are less in carbohydrate and high in calories. Some others high in calories and less of carbohydrates. For weight loss what to choose?

Some food are less in carbohydrate and high in calories. Some others high in calories and less of carbohydrates. For weight loss what to choose?

Whole foods: AJ, In general, the best foods to eat are whole, unprocessed foods. To lose weight, avoid all processed foods, snacks, oils, and sugar, and eat foods like they grow in nature. I personally like to avoid animal products. They are calorie and fat heavy, and don't promote weight loss well. Finally, don't forget physical activity! Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Counting carbohydrate or counting calories, which is better for weight loss?

Counting carbohydrate or counting calories,  which is better for weight loss?

Ultimately...: Calories IN must be less than calories expended so keeping track of calories is more important. That being said, it is important to keep simple sugars to a minimum and to increase fiber and protein in your diet. ...Read more

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Carbs (Definition)

Carbs is an abbreviation for carbohydrates. The human body breaks down carbohydrates into basic sugars such ...Read more