Can I lose weight fairly quick with 50 net carbs a day? I am new to this and don't think I can sustain the 20 carbs per day. I can't eat meat or eggs, and need some grains to do this.
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@MissBliss Yes, of course you can lose weight on 50g of carbs! You may easily go into ketosis at that level. The reason keto diets are 20g net carbs/day is that is the level that almost everyone will go into ketosis, but many can eat much more carbs while still in ketosis.
But ketosis is not necessary to lose weight. Cutting your carbs that far will reduce insulin, a fat storage hormone, and allow you to hear leptin, a satiety hormone. You will definitely lose weight on 50g.
If you don't eat meat or eggs, then you should focus on protein. Plant proteins generally come with a lot of carbohydrates. For instance, if you were to get 50g of protein from black beans, you would be consuming about 100g of net carbs. There are some low carb plant proteins, edamane/soy for example, and processed foods like pea protein and whey powder. If you eat seafood, that will help.
My point is, that once you get enough protein (I aim for 60-100g/day), it's likely that you will already be consuming close to or even more than 50g of carbs. If you are still hungry, add low carb veggies cooked in healthy fats.
I would suggest you also look at intermittent fasting (or even longer fasts) if you want to lose weight more quickly.
FWIW, I didn't think I could stick with a low carb diet, but went on one (low carb and low calorie) with the intention of losing weight. It turned out the diet suited me perfectly, which I would never have realised if I hadn't tried.