What amount of carbohydrates I should be consuming each day for weight loss?

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I’ve read the questions submitted by other readers and I’ve realized that I am going to sound very stupid and woefully ignorant but here goes. I have been trying to find out what amount of carbohydrates I should be consuming each day to assist my efforts at weight loss. I am a 50-year-old female. Also, I love vegetables but how do I calculate the number of carbs in fresh vegetables? Thank you so much.

Not a stupid question at all.

Check it out yourself with the Healthy Body Calculator®. You can even adjust the percent of calories you want from carbohydrate foods. You can also choose 1 to 2-pound weight loss per week when entering your data into the Healthy Body Calculator®. Please note that the minimum amount of carbohydrate is 130 grams per day to prevent loss of muscle while losing weight.

With regards to carbohydrate content in vegetables. Fresh versus cooked doesn’t determine carbohydrate content. Starchy vegetables like peas, corn, potatoes, and winter squash have 3 times (15 grams) the carbohydrate content as green beans, asparagus, carrots, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts (5 grams). Now, this is not a complete list of vegetables, but a good start. This means you can eat 3 times the amount of non-starchy vegetables!

While you are concerned about carbohydrates in the foods you eat, I would recommend limiting sweets and desserts which are usually also high in fat to help achieve weight loss.