HI, Jo Anne! Regarding fat and carb goals: I have no idea what DIET you follow! Your selection of teams does not allow me to guess which Low Carb diet you are on. The diet you follow should tell you what goals to set for yourself. Over time, you will modify the diet to suit what best works for yourself. Low Carb encompasses SO much variation, and on top of that, there is your own personal variation... I hesitate to say anything! I am on the Atkins Diet. Some will tell you that it is the most restrictive; others will tell you it is the most generous....
And I don't present myself as an expert on all LC diets! I can't really tell you anything about anything other than Atkins! At this point, all I can tell you is to Google the diet online and do your research or read your book! And I know that is not helpful. So sorry... Or join a team that focuses on the specific diet you choose to follow! You'll get specific information there!
If you are a rebel and want to do it your OWN way (and you should know that SparkPeople advises against this) then I would start using the food tracker. It'll be a pain in the butt at first, but the more you use it the easier it gets. And to get information that is HELPFUL, you'll have to record EVERY single bite you take no matter how small. Do that for a week to get a baseline and record of what is presently normal for YOU.
Then, cut back on the amount of carbs you eat. Cut out entirely the easiest stuff; and increase your protein slightly. The easiest stuff are things like white processed foods like rice, potatoes, wheat, corn, pasta. Of course, your choice! It gets harder when you have to start cutting things out you really like like your favorite comfort food, or pizza, or bread. It may or may not come to that. You just keep cutting back on carbs until you start losing weight. Your food tracker will tell you what your fat/carb/protein grams are at which you are successful! this is a slow but easy way to find what works for you.
Atkins does the exact reverse! You start out very strict (when you are most motivated!) and over time, you add more carbs slowly. If you stop losing weight, you go back a step and remove the carbs you last added to your daily diet. You should resume losing weight and that is your carb goal for a long time!
There is really nothing more I should say without knowing the diet you are on.
HI and welcome to the 50+LC Women's team! We are glad to have you. Come on in; the water's fine! Seriously! We are a pretty mellow group -- old enough not to fuss much, but still with a great spirit of sharing and caring among the active members. Post and let us get to know you! I wanted to take the opportunity to tell you how thrilled I am to see that you are on a LC Diet.
I've been trying these last few months to revive the team and I hope you'll join us and post regularly and tell us a little about yourself. It really is a good thing to have someone to talk to who knows the diet and the struggles we LCers face!