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pandospace
01-12-2010, 08:50 PM
do you guys count fiber within your macros ??

say i aim to eat 200 grams of crabs a day

today i ate 260 grams of total carbs and approximately 60g FIBER

would i still be over my macros ??

tom183
01-12-2010, 09:40 PM
How can you stop at 200g of crab. Lol

Ok, you dont count the fibre content on top of the calorie content. For example, you could expect a decent sized apple to be 100 calories with 5g of fibre. It's 100 calories total. Not 100 calories plus calories from fibre.

Unreal
01-13-2010, 08:30 AM
Depends on how you track and what you want. Do whatever works for you. I always just look at total macros and calories and just make sure I get enough fiber.

Allen Cress
01-13-2010, 01:01 PM
do you guys count fiber within your macros ??

say i aim to eat 200 grams of crabs a day

today i ate 260 grams of total carbs and approximately 60g FIBER

would i still be over my macros ??

That is way too much and no need to complicate it with such minor details. Just count total grams from carbs, protein, and fat.

SMK41
01-13-2010, 04:57 PM
I think the confusion stems from manufacturers who market products saying thing like "Only 3* net carbs! (12g Carbs - 9g Fiber = 3g Net Carbs)".

12g of carbs will still have 48 calories regardless of how many grams of that 12 are fiber. So in your example you actually ate 260g of carbs not 200g.

RichMcGuire
01-13-2010, 05:56 PM
I think the confusion stems from manufacturers who market products saying thing like "Only 3* net carbs! (12g Carbs - 9g Fiber = 3g Net Carbs)".

12g of carbs will still have 48 calories regardless of how many grams of that 12 are fiber. So in your example you actually ate 260g of carbs not 200g.

Fiber can't be digested and used for energy though. And a kcal is simply a unit of energy.

Progress
01-13-2010, 06:59 PM
Net carbs = total carbs less fiber. Thus, digestible carbs. Only record digestible (net) carbs in your macros. By counting fiber as carbs, you're effectively cheating your body our of that macro.

Invain
01-13-2010, 07:12 PM
I think the confusion stems from manufacturers who market products saying thing like "Only 3* net carbs! (12g Carbs - 9g Fiber = 3g Net Carbs)".

12g of carbs will still have 48 calories regardless of how many grams of that 12 are fiber. So in your example you actually ate 260g of carbs not 200g.

You do not digest fiber like you do other carbs.

VikingWarlord
01-13-2010, 08:00 PM
It might be possible to get some energy out of fiber but not enough to bother.

On p14 of Lyle McDonald's Rapid Fat Loss Handbook, he writes "You've probably heard that the human body can't drive any calories from fiber but this isn't entirely true, various bacteria in your gut breaks down fiber and it has been given a rough approximate caloric value of 1.5-2 calories/gram. Unless you're consuming an absolute ton of it per day, you can generally ignore the caloric value of fiber."

Take that as you will. Count it or not, it won't really matter.

pandospace
01-13-2010, 09:44 PM
hmm i would be cheating my body out of "fuel" if i do count it, in essence expect my energy levels and recovery to suffer a bit..

i think fiber also takes some calories to digest and possibly more so than it provides.. thus a negative calorie food ?