Here’s How Many Carbs Men Actually Need In A Day

How To Calculate Your Daily Carb Requirement

If you remember the food pyramid from back when you were in school, you might also remember that the base of the pyramid was made up of carbohydrates. This is because carbs are our body’s main source of fuel and are essential for survival. Without carbs, we would feel fatigued and find it difficult to do basic daily tasks. However, most of us don’t eat the right amount of carbs.

On one end of the spectrum are men who place too much importance on protein for muscle development and try to cut out carbs completely from their diet. Diets like the ketogenic diet advocate completely cutting out carbs and eating plenty of protein and fat to compensate. On the other extreme are men who eat way too many carbs. The typical American diet is full of bread, pasta, cookies, pizza and other sources of carbohydrates. A large majority of these carbs are refined and completely stripped of their nutritional content.

While both these diets might look drastically different, they do have one thing in common. Neither of them are proper, balanced diets.

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For our body to function healthily, it needs the right amounts of each food group. This means not cutting out food groups completely, nor overindulging in one particular food group. The amount of carbs you need will depend upon your body mass, your age and the amount of physical activity you do in a day. If you’re unsure of how many carbs is the right amount, here’s a broad guideline.

How Many Calories You Need In A Day

Multiply Your Goal Weight By 12 To 15 Depending Upon Your Age And Activity Level

Each one of us needs a minimum amount of calories in a day to even be alive. All of your bodily processes require calories to be carried out, even things as basic as breathing. But apart from this basic calorie requirement, our body also uses calories for energy when you’re doing something physical. If you walk for an hour everyday, your body will use up more calories compared to someone who

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lives a very sedentary lifestyle. To figure out how many calories you need, multiply your goal weight by a number from 12 to 15. If you’re older or don’t get much physical exercise, use a number closer to 12. If you’re young and are very active through the day, use a number closer to 15. The number you arrive at after multiplying, is roughly the number of calories you need each day.

How Many Carbs Does This Translate To?

 Carbs Need To Make Up 45-65% Of Your Total Calories

Once you figure out your daily caloric requirement, you can determine how many carbs you need to eat. Your daily carb requirement should make up 45 to 65 percent of your total caloric intake. If you have a caloric requirement of 2000, 900 to 1300 of those calories should be coming from carbs. 1 gram of carbohydrates contains 4 calories. So this means you should be eating 225 g to 325 g of carbohydrates

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every single day. While you can arrive at this number by yourself, it’s always safest to consult with your doctor first and let them verify that the number is right for you.

Where To Get Your Carbs From

Always Choose Complex, Unrefined Sources Of Carbs

But just knowing how many carbs you need isn’t enough. Not all carbs are created equal. If you’re eating 225 gm of bad carbs in a day, your weight isn’t going to show any signs of improvement. Always look for the least processed varieties of carbs. Whole grains are higher in fiber, contain important nutrients in their husk and have a lower glycemic index. Vegetables, fruits and legumes are other sources of healthy carbs. Process carbs on the other hand, are very bad for you. They raise your sugar levels, contain no nutritional values and make you gain weight. Stay away from simple carbs like processed snacks, cake and candy.