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To reach ketosis, most people will have to limit their carbohydrate intake to below 50 grams of carbs per day. But does that mean total carbs or net carbs?
The total vs net carbs debate is a strong one and I can see both sides. But in order to get into ketosis quickly and stick with the ketogenic diet the longest, I recommend starting by counting total carbs instead of net carbs if you're going to be tracking your macros.
What are the differences between net carbs vs total carbs?
Total carbs are just that. They are all the carbohydrates in a food, including the fiber, starches and other sugars.
Net carbs are total carbs - fiber.
The argument for counting net carbs is that since fiber doesn't get digested in your gut, it doesn't affect insulin and if your insulin isn't affected then it doesn't matter.
The reason that I suggest counting total carbs vs net carbs in the beginning of your ketogenic diet is because if you can keep your TOTAL carbs to 5-10% of your diet, it will be so much easier and simpler to ensure you stay in ketosis.
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