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Most experts consider low carb to be under 150gms of carbs a day. I eat a lot like you do and aim for around 100gms. It kinds of depends on your carb tolerance. I also avoid most grains. I also eliminate added sugar but don't worry much about potatoes. I am working on eating else processed foods.

Regarding the sweet potatoes - it seems like I read something about this years ago and it had something to do with moisture content and the skins but to be honest I can't quite recall. I have seen a lot of variation with the glycemic index and calories too. Different sources can vary as much as 20%. Even reputable sources who ware doing direct testing. As we all know, one apple is sweet and loaded with natural sugar and another is not. I assume some of the variation is due to that.

Edited by: MORTICIAADDAMS at: 2/21/2015 (16:30)
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Very glad to have found this site. Have looked at many and all are pleasant and supportive, but a good many are not task-oriented....they seem to have degenerated more into social groups. That's fine for many.....not criticizing....it's just not why I'm here. A mix of diet and social seems to work well.
I've dieted for years.....Weight Watchers, Dukan, etc. and have lost weight always. Have put most of it back on always. This time, I think I've "got it" and, once I lose, I'll remain on a maintenance program here at SP.
My eating program is kind of a mish-mash. I have eliminated grains in all their many forms (except for about 1 slice of whole grain bread each week with a poached egg.....poached egg without bread=YUCK to me). Also eliminated white potatoes and eliminated added sugar as well (and I try to select the few prepared foods that I eat [i.e. yogurt, etc.] with fewer than 8 grams of carbs).
Veg at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, a healthy amount of protein, some ev coconut oil, evoo, and butter. I tend to stay between 70-100 grams of carbs per day and am not sure if this is low carb or not as there seem to be many definitions of "low" carb. However it's defined, I feel better than I have in ages....love eating this way.
Question.....I understand why boiled sweet potatoes are lower on the glycemic index than baked sweet potatoes, but am absolutely mystified as to why boiled sweet potatoes are HIGHER in calories than baked sweet potatoes. Does anyone know?
If you've read this far, thanks for staying with me.....I appreciate what this site has to offer.
Robin

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