Calories or Carbs?

The eternal duel in the world of diet wars is “calories in/out” versus “it’s all about the carbs”. I have run the gamut of diets from Keto to Ornish with everything in between and my conclusion is: Yes it is about the calories in/out BUT carbs are the governor that control compliance. Let me explain.

At any given calorie level your hunger is closely tied to the amount of carbs rather the calorie level, ergo the lower the carbs the easier it is to hit your calorie goals. There is plenty of literature explaining the carb/insulin cycle that drives this but the best way to discover this is to experiment. Pick a calorie level and try different levels of carbs and document how hungry you are at each level, the data may be eye popping.

Personally I find that the carb curve in the Primal Blueprint works very well for me. 50–100 grams of carbs a day is my sweet spot for weight control and energy. To hit that number I eat lots of non-starchy vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, nuts and hard diary. I limit fruit to my pre-workout snack and starchy vegetables to a couple of times a week. That’s my experience, what’s yours?

P.S. I don’t have any degrees or qualifications in the field of nutrition. These are my personal observations as a life hacker. Your mileage may vary.

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