Controlling Your Carbs : What Does 150g Of Carbohydrate Look Like?

It’s all very well being told that you need to ingest 200, 300 or 400g of carbs a day, but doing this is easier said than done if you don’t know what the carb count of each food is. Carbs come in different forms and release there energy at different rates, it's important to get an optimal blend of simple (quick releasing) and complex (slow releasing) Carbs, and get them at the right times of the day. Carb types and timings isn't always easy to get right, what's an average portion, how many servings a day, and what's my Carb requirements? In order to satisfy this common problem in the fitness and nutrition industry, here is a visual guide to what 150g of carbs looks like for a future reference point. This should help get you on your way...

 

 

 

So 150g of Carbs may be half of an average 80kg males daily intake, but this visual representation should serve as a base to help you plan your meals appropriately, getting the right balance of simple and complex Carbs. Do note that this is just for Carbs, a healthy balanced diet should contain Protein, Carbs and Fat in the optimal ratios.

Carb Requirements

The average person should aim to consume either 3-5g Carbs per kg body weight, or as a 50 : 35 : 15 ratio of Carbs, Fat and Protein respectively. Therefore 50% of your total calorie intake should come from Carbs, meaning an average 2500kcal diet would mean 1250kcal from Carbs, which equates to 313g of Carbs per day. So in effect you could literally double the above Carb suggestions, or refer to Carbohydrates Explained : How Many Carbs Are In The Food We Eat? for alternative options.

 

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About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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