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how many grams of carbs should i eat  to loose weight if I weigh 410 pounds?  I've came to a hault at loosing weight and Im concerned it might be my carb intake. 

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Plateaus can occur for a variety of reasons.

Some people find that they're sensitive to carbohydrates, others don't. Humans can survive (and thrive!) on a very wide range of carbohydrate intakes, depending on a number of factors. Generally, limiting carbohydrates will be more helpful for people who have issues with insulin resistance, blood sugar regulation, metabolic syndrome, etc.

If you provide some additional information, we'll probably be able to give you better advice: age, height, sex, weight loss history, pertinent medical conditions, current diet, and why you think you've come to a halt.

I'm a 30 year old, 5'2" female.  It's my first time trying to loose weight in a healthy way by changing my entire lifestyle.  I have no current medical conditions.  And at the moment my calorie intake varies between 1200-1500 calories per day.  I walk an hour on the treadmill and do about 15 minutes of weight training.  I've been doing this for about 2 months now and have lost about 35 pounds.  But the last 2 weeks I actually gained 4 pounds.  I keep a journal since I'm new to caloriecount and my carb totals range from 140-185 grams per day.  I try to go easy on my dinner carbs.  I have 3 meals and 2 snacks throughout the day.  The caloies I burn are about 200-500 calories per day.  Thank you for your response.

Original Post by txsun11:

I'm a 30 year old, 5'2" female.  It's my first time trying to loose weight in a healthy way by changing my entire lifestyle.  I have no current medical conditions.  And at the moment my calorie intake varies between 1200-1500 calories per day.  I walk an hour on the treadmill and do about 15 minutes of weight training.  I've been doing this for about 2 months now and have lost about 35 pounds.  But the last 2 weeks I actually gained 4 pounds.  I keep a journal since I'm new to caloriecount and my carb totals range from 140-185 grams per day.  I try to go easy on my dinner carbs.  I have 3 meals and 2 snacks throughout the day.  The caloies I burn are about 200-500 calories per day.  Thank you for your response.

Well there's your problem - you aren't eating enough : ) You've stalled because your deficit has been so big, your body is kind of thinking it's dealing with a scarcity of food.

Everything else is great - you've certainly made good progress and your exercise is excellent.

Before I throw some suggested numbers at you, is your current weight 410?

Congratulations on your weight loss so far!

To me, it looks like the most likely culprit for your plateau would be not eating enough, period. Often, people will find that creating too large a deficit between how many calories they burn and how many they eat can lead to trouble losing weight, since it can trigger certain metabolic adaptations.

When I put your statistics into the burn meter, it looks like you should be burning somewhere between 3500 and 4000 calories/day. I'd suggest bumping your calorie intake up to at least 2500, and seeing if that gets the weight moving again.

I know it may seem counter productive to eat more, but if your body thinks it's being starved, (low cal intake)  it will "adapt" to survive on fewer calories, thus slowing/halting weight loss.  When you up your cals by a resonable amount, it feels safe to release fat stores again.  There have been many members on this site that have found this to be true and gotten off a plateau by eating more.  Congratulations on your progress so far!  Great job :)

Yes 410 is my current weight.  Thank you all for your responses.  I will definately adjust my intake and try to incorporate more healthy calories :)

I just wanted to stop in and say you are doing great and you should be proud. Everyone else already gave you great advice on how to break your plateau. Remember its all about having a healthy strong body that will carry you for a lifetime the number on the scale is secondary. You have to fuel and nourish your body so it can perform all the taks you ask of it everyday. Protein, fats and carbs are all imporant for good health the tricky part is working out the best balance. If you have trouble eating enough calories because you feel too full (veggies, fruits and other healthy foods tend to be high bulk low calorie and you can easily find yourself full) don't be afraid to add some more calorie dense foods, like a handful of almonds (healthy fats, antioxidents, and protein).

Be patient with yourself and your body, it doesn't matter how fast you get there only that you get there and learn something on your journey. The best bet is to make changes you can live with long term or they won't stick, also you don't have to do everything all at once or overnight. Slow, steady and determined, with respect for yourself and your body. Enjoy the journey and best of luck and health!

Theholla already broke it down for you so I don't have much to add.

Just keep going! You've already made a huge impact on your health and life. Go you : )

Congratulations on your weight loss so far! I started my weight loss journey when I was on 372 pounds and C C has helped me a lot during the last 10 months. I am aiming for less than 100 g carbohydrates a day during 5 days a week - on the other 2 days I have a treat which usually pushes my carbs up to 125 to 150 g a day. I do experience a plateau once in a while - I feel that my body has to adjust to the new weight and / or I ate too much salt and I retained extra water. I continue my usual exercise, stay within my daily calorie intake and sure enough a week or 2 later I start loosing weight again. Every body functions differently anyway - I also try to re -  learn how to "listen" to the needs of my body (which I seem to have forgotten a long time ago). So far I have lost over 80 pounds, so I guess I am half way there.  

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