How Many Carbs Should You Eat To Lose Weight?

There is no simple answer to this question – in fact, the amount of carbs you need to lose fat is likely going to be different than the amount of carbs your coworker, training partner, best friend or whomever, needs to lose fat.

Two people can have identical body compositions and activity levels, yet due to individual metabolic variations, one may be able to eat twice as many carbs as the other and still lose fat. This, naturally, can be very frustrating for some people. The only way to know for sure the proper amount of carbs you should eat to lose fat is to experiment and find what works best for you. Still, there are some general rules and guidelines that can at least give you a starting point from which to work.


Avocado & beetroot bruschetta with féta cheese, black olive tapenade at La Badiane Restaurant.

How Many Carbohydrates Does The Body Need To Survive?

The answer to this question, on a strictly physiologic level, is zero. The body can manufacture glucose from other substances, and although the brain’s preferred fuel is glucose, it can use ketones(the by-products of fatty acid breakdown produced in very low insulin states) when no glucose is available. However, from a practical and performance standpoint, zero carbohydrate nutrition plans are not ideal for the vast majority of people. If you are interested in this kind of diet, there are countless books and articles about them, though I do not recommend following a ketogenic diet.

” I recommend starting at the upper end and carefully tracking your intake. If your weight is not coming down appropriately (1-2 pounds per week), then begin reducing your carb intake until it does. Again though, if you feel sluggish or tired eating that much (or that little) carbohydrate, then adjust accordingly.

Most importantly, use common sense, work with someone who knows what they are talking about, and listen to your body.

Medically reviewed by Oladapo Babatunde, MD 


Zucchini & beetroot cannelloni stuffed with black olives tapenade, arugula with candied lemon & sesame biscuit

Black olives tapenade was softly rolled in zucchini. Arugula was cool. Crispy sesame biscuits accompanied with sour lemon jam. Gently enjoying, you would feel a bit of relief, a little hard to resist.

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