If you are worried about keto portion control - what does 30g carbs look like? For anyone who is keto, this 30g will exceed your daily allowance.
For many of you, especially if you are a low-carb beginner, will be shocked to see how many carbs are in everyday foods. Read on to learn how to cut back, how to start, and what to enjoy.
Portion Control - What Does 30g Carbs Look Like?
In this article you will find:
- How many carbs should you enjoy each day?
- How do everyday carbs affect your blood sugars?
- What does 30g carbs look like?
- How to start low-carb - for beginners
Portion Control - how many carbs should you enjoy each day?
There are no official guidelines, but most consider the following levels of low-carb and their carb limits.
- MODERATE LOW-CARB - less than 100g net carbs per day - even reducing carbs (especially ultra-processed junk carbs) has many health benefits.
- LOW-CARB - less than 50g net carbs per day - a good place for most people to aim for
- KETO - less than 20g net carbs per day - for those who want to really harness the health benefits of restricting carbs even further
So how many carbs should YOU be enjoying each day? It all depends on where you are now. Are you hooked on junk food and sugar? Are you insulin resistant? If yes, then you may want to go stepwise and begin by simply reducing your carbs, to begin with.
[read at the end of this article exactly how to start low-carb]
It also depends on your health conditions and health goals. Those of you who are overweight and have blood sugar control issues may want to have a different level of carbohydrate restriction to those who are in the healthy weight range, active and are insulin sensitive.
How Do Everyday Carbs Affect Your Blood Sugars?
If you have ever wondered what everyday foods do to your blood sugars, just take a look at the charts below.
You probably understand that sugar and candy raise blood sugars, but what about wholegrain bread? Porridge? Brown rice?
Once you understand that ALL digestible carbohydrates (so that doesn't include insoluble fibre) are turned into sugar in the blood, you will realise how many daily foods - yes, even the healthy whole grains - impact our sugar levels which results in many of us to have chronic high blood sugars without realising it.
To see all the infographics - CLICK HERE.
What Does 30g Carbs Look Like?
When you realise how high carb so many foods are, you can easily see which foods to avoid, and which foods are better to enjoy.
Who wants 0.8 of a pancake or 1.8 dates (which are sugar bombs BTW) when instead you could have 69 cups of spinach or 60 medium eggs?
Now, I'm not saying you would want to eat 69 cups of spinach, but this handy carbs in food chart is simply to guide you to make better choices and better portion control.
The high-carb junk food shown has almost no nutritional value, they give you empty calories and adds to the chronic high blood sugars that so many people live with day in, day out.You HAVE to see this chart if portion control is tricky for you. What does 30g carbs look like? These shocking images will change everything!
Now look at the nutrient dense low-carb foods along the bottom row, and you can easily see how you could have a filling nutritious meal AND stable blood sugars. Each meal you enjoy that is low-carb nutrient dense, crowds out the junk food from your day.
How To Start Low-Carb - for beginners
After seeing the images above, and realising how high-carb everyday foods are, you may be contemplating starting low-carb.
My advice is always to start slowly. Cut out the most obvious places that sugar and carb lurk and the worst offending items.
It may seem like a daunting task when you begin, but each little step brings you closer to living on real food, whole food and unprocessed food that is lower in carbs.
If you would like to start, READ THIS PAGE. It has all the resources you'll need.
- How to start a low-carb diet
- A FREE 1-week low-carb challenge
- Shopping lists
- The basics
- Follow the “Stepwise approach”
- What to eat/avoid/sometimes foods
- Low-carb easy healthy recipes.