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How Many Carbs Should You Eat Per Day?

Dr. Josh Axe

Dr. Josh Axe

Published on 5 years ago

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A lot of my patients ask me, “How many carbohydrates should you eat per day?” First, it depends on your health goals and your body type. However, if you’re an active person consuming 1600-2000 calories a day, you want carbohydrates to be about 40% of your overall intake of calories, 30% protein, and 30% fat. These numbers can fluctuate depending on if you’re trying to burn fat, build muscle, or just stay fueled. In general, the amount of carbs you consume per day should be between 500-800 calories, which is 120-200g of carbohydrates.

A lot of people today are saying carbs are bad for you. However, carbohydrates are important for energy and cellular function. They can be harmful if you overload on carbohydrates, which is what a lot of people do today. I would encourage you to start a food diary for 3-7 days and write down what you're eating on a daily basis. Then monitor your daily overall intake of fat, protein, and carbohydrates and see how your body does. Then, try adjusting these proportions based on what you’re trying to achieve. Try getting more grass-fed animal products, more fruits, more vegetables, more sprouted nuts and seeds, more coconut products, more raw fermented dairy products and overall real foods. By following these food groups, you will burn fat fast and heal your gut. If you would like to learn more about what foods to eat in a proper diet, check out my Healing Foods Diet here: http://draxe.com/healing-diet/

*This content is strictly the opinion of Dr. Josh Axe, and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Dr. Axe nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.

Comments :


mustcvids . 15 hours ago

i get between 300 to 400 grams of carbs every day from fruits, vegetables , quinoa , rice, potatos , pasta and tofu, is that good or bad ?all are whole foods

Jeremie Roy

Jeremie Roy . 1 month ago


Simon Sez

Simon Sez . 2 months ago

So is Pepsi diet better than juice ?

Farmer Dude357

Farmer Dude357 . 4 months ago

Thanks friend. I’m 54 years old and been on keto for one year. I’m in great shape and no meds. However if I eat under 100 grams of carbs I begin to have trouble falling asleep. It’s really strange and a little scary.


GI GI7! . 5 months ago

Thank you for explaining this! I was so confused on whether or not I should cut out ALL carbs even carbs that come from the healthier foods like certain veggies, fruits with higher carbs, whole grains etc.

arteisia calvin

arteisia calvin . 6 months ago

I love your videos!! Thank youuuuuu

Honrarri 9K RPM

Honrarri 9K RPM . 6 months ago

If carbs need portion control, then carbs are bad.

keegan richards

keegan richards . 7 months ago

that's not what dr berg says🤔..i like your balanced insight better though😌

Enedelia Gonzalez

Enedelia Gonzalez . 7 months ago

❤️❤️❤️❤️thanks for the info 🙌

CommanderPIPI1 you know from ps4

CommanderPIPI1 you know from ps4 . 8 months ago

1600 a day ? For 12 year old ya :)


ALPHA1 . 8 months ago

It’s true I go with no carbs for a month and another month with 80 grams of carbs per day and I didn’t see no different and still lose weight , this was without any exercise, so far I lose 10 pounds for 7 weeks that’s 1.5 pounds every week so I will be going to the gym , so I have to adjust my diet , losing 1 pound per week will make keep my muscle and burn fat , so I got 15 pounds more to lose , so like in 4 months I suppose to be in 165

Gary Vale

Gary Vale . 9 months ago

...I want to lower my A1C ( it's currently 5.8, pre-diabetic range ) I recently cut way down on my carb intake ..I was 165lbs 5'10", but after 1 month I lost 15 lbs.( I didn't want to lose this much weight ) .....I have always enjoyed lifting and working out...my problem is I want to lower my A1C without losing any more weight....I looked and felt better at 165.......how many carbs should I consume a day and what type, and still lower my A1C and maintain ...thanks


SuperNaif . 10 months ago

great and easy to understand, very helpful, thx


JJ R . 10 months ago

That sounds way too high to maintain my weight after losing over 50 pounds. I heard 50 but more if you exercise. Which I don’t. I’m going to start with 50 and see if I can go higher.

Abundant Grace Counseling Center

Abundant Grace Counseling Center . 11 months ago

I have been experimenting under a doctor's guidance and I am coming to the conclusion that about 100 to 150 grams of carbs, and 100 to 150 grams of protein daily is best for me. I life weights, do aerobics and I'm 70 years old. Thank you Dr. Axe

Peach Tan

Peach Tan . 1 year ago

My husband said you can eat alots alots carb .😑Low-Protein, High-Carb Diet May Be The Key to a Mentally Healthy Life, Hints Mouse Study , from sciencealert.com . I want to know about the fact 🤨


Flare78x . 1 year ago

I guess going to the gym to lift 4-5 days a week makes me an athlete considering my maintenance is around 2400-2500 a day. I lost 10lbs over 2 months from eating 2000 calories a day.

Nour Al Sabah Saleh

Nour Al Sabah Saleh . 1 year ago

i eat 200 grams 😩


factsneverlie . 1 year ago

This guy is 100% correct. All u need to do is lower ur intake of carbs 150 or 200 a day is what u need to stay lean and look great . Anything over 300grs ur body will use the extra carbs and store it as fat . It's not about cutting down bread . It's about control . U can eat junk food but make it a treat. Cutting bread is extremely stressful and difficult .


ExtremeNoob . 1 year ago

im very skinny so i will eat 9 cups of rice a day

Beaute Niche

Beaute Niche . 1 year ago

I cannot live on counting calories. Just eat real foods

Orkhan Eyvazli

Orkhan Eyvazli . 1 year ago

I take just less than 500 calories (75% of it protein). It feels really gooood.


dcawkwell . 1 year ago

Cheese! I think not. One of the most processed and calorie dense foods there is.


Gshort . 1 year ago

how many carbs should i be eating if im trying to gain weight/muscle as a 16 year old 145 pound male?

Angela Hite

Angela Hite . 1 year ago

I'm lost weight on low fat diets and on high-fat diets. Most recently I've lost 40 pounds during a lazy Keto. The point is I always gain it back. My question is this... Can I lose weight on a Whole Foods diet? Meaning that I don't need to cut out carbs I don't need to cut out fat I don't need to cut out Dairy just as long as everything I eat is very natural?

Frieza Golden

Frieza Golden . 1 year ago

Lentils r good?


Bakusen . 1 year ago

You don't need carbs for energy, ketones provide a better fuel with less byproducts and very low insulin spikes. But if you want to damage your arteries with sugar, be my guest.


lamfilipos . 1 year ago

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Andrew B

Andrew B . 1 year ago

1600 calories/day? For a grown man? That sounds very low to me.

Asian jackhammer

Asian jackhammer . 1 year ago

How many???? Lmao

Stormy Girl

Stormy Girl . 2 years ago

I enjoy your channel. Thank you for the explanation about good carbs and the quality of the food we eat.

The Prophet

The Prophet . 2 years ago

You can even cut carbs to 0 and your body will be missing almost nothing(fiber might be an issue along the way, that's why you should, even on keto, eat a bit of green vegetables, fun fact: a red paprika contains 5g of sugar, a yellow one 4g and a green one only 2g -they make up for it by delivering 5g of fiber though) -I personally try to keep carbs below 100g and at roughly 25% of my diet, 25% is protein and 50% fat, I see great results by doing so, all the carbs are coming from fruits or vegetables, I consume 0g of added sugar as I skip processed foods all together.

vuckovic zvonko

vuckovic zvonko . 2 years ago

Kudos for the Video clip! Apologies for chiming in, I would appreciate your initial thoughts. Have you ever tried - Dinanlinson Elegant Figure Approach (do a search on google)? It is a smashing exclusive guide for uncovering the secrets behind a highly effective low carb diet minus the normal expense. Ive heard some decent things about it and my best friend Jordan got amazing results with it.


matt . 2 years ago

2:02 is pure BS.

Roy Walker

Roy Walker . 2 years ago

This has to be "CLICK BAIT" everyone knows carbs are not necessary for energy, even if you are an athlete, and 95% of humans are not athletes. Fat can supply all your energy needs, and ketones, (made from fat) can supply almost all the brains needs. beware CLICK BAIT.

A. S. VanHoose

A. S. VanHoose . 2 years ago

Carbs are really bad. Don't eat them unless they're from vegetables. They are cancer fuel.

Edwin Yeong

Edwin Yeong . 2 years ago

Yesss...i eat lotsa vege nowadayz...rice only i can lots on daytime...night i eat less...coz i drink coffee to replace sugar carbs...to burn...i do lots of thing to burn fat.

Razvan Mocian

Razvan Mocian . 2 years ago

All of them 😃

Reina Macarena

Reina Macarena . 2 years ago

😲 that many carbs?


BreakinBeatz1625 . 2 years ago

excellent speech my friend

Frank Martinez

Frank Martinez . 2 years ago

Dr. Axe, What about Carb Cycling? Can you make a video on Carb Cycling? I am not a muscled up bodybuilder but I intend to do some strength training and walking. Most of the videos on this subject I see are made by extreme athletes. I am an average 53 year old guy that wants to lose excess body fat and build some healthy muscle.

Carlos Martinez

Carlos Martinez . 2 years ago

nutrients>calories thank you Dr. Axe

Jim Wheeler

Jim Wheeler . 2 years ago

I keep my carbs below 25 grams per day. Consequently, I'm not overweight. My blood pressure is low. I don't have diabetes. If I were to go back to 40% carbs, I'd gain back the 40 lbs that I lost. I'd also have high blood pressure again. Carbs are evil and the source of my health problems.

Nikki Q

Nikki Q . 2 years ago

But cheese has so much saturated fat tho.

Колька Пепси

Колька Пепси . 2 years ago

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MR. poo head

MR. poo head . 2 years ago

By limit of carbs is from 50-80 grams of net carbs per day, otherwise my sleep gets disturbed if I go higher or lower

F.J. E.

F.J. E. . 2 years ago

Keto is not the absence of Carb, just less! You say one needs to eat 150g of Carbs a day ... thats the equal of 600g of Pasta (more than 1 pound). Your insulin will love it!

Antony Thomas Kallukalam

Antony Thomas Kallukalam . 2 years ago

Thankyou Dr. Axe

Im The southpaw

Im The southpaw . 2 years ago

Plain and simple videos for the laymen. Thanks, bub.


P272 . 2 years ago

You do not need carbs for energy. I stopped listening as soon as you said that. Fake News Doc.

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