Counting Carbs

By blessedbeing Latest Reply 2011-06-20 18:38:37 -0500
Started 2011-05-07 12:25:50 -0500

I've done the Atkins Diet before and on it we only count net carbs. When I did my classes for newly diagnosed Diabetics I think they counted total carbs in foods. Is that correct? Do I count ALL carbs even if there is fiber included? Or do I deduct fiber and go by net carbs?

12 replies

CaliKo 2011-06-20 18:38:37 -0500 Report

My dietician mentioned it, but said that they don't usually teach using net carbs any more. Bottom line is, try it, then test. I get away with using net carbs, some people don't. Your meter can help you decide what's best for you.

Kirla 2011-05-08 11:49:13 -0500 Report

I kind of follow Atkins myself. I just try and keep the saturated fat below 10% of my total diet. Otherwise my cholesterol will go above 200. I believe that following a low carb diet like Atkins, South Beach or Dr. Bernstein’s diet is very good for blood sugar control. Since you have done Atkins and are used to the net carbs I would stick with that. I use net carbs myself. If using insulin you may have to see what works better. Carbs or net carbs. I have read posts from people who use insulin and some say they have to count all carbs and some say net carbs. You will have to find what works for you.

Good luck

blessedbeing 2011-05-08 12:48:16 -0500 Report

Mmm … that's odd about your cholesterol. Most people see improvements with their blood work when following a high fat/low carb diet like Atkins. I'll have to get that checked in a few months and report back with my cholesterol numbers.

Thanks for replying.

Kirla 2011-05-08 13:09:35 -0500 Report

I eat a high fat diet. Last time I checked on sparkpeople I was 60% fat, 20% protein and 20% carbs. Most of the fat comes from vegetables and nuts and seeds. Only about 10% from saturated fat. Most of the carbs come from low carb vegetables. Protein comes from the whey protein shake, nuts, chana dal and seeds. I eat some meat. Mostly chicken, turkey and fish. Try and keep the beef and pork to small serving once or twice a weeks. Blood sugar has been doing great. A1C’s the last 2 years all been below 6.

spiritwalker 2011-05-07 17:02:25 -0500 Report

You can count it either way. I believe to count and discount fiber the food item must be 5 grams. The net carb counting is mentioned more for type 1 diabetics
I don't know if you will find much written in literature for type 2.

Armourer 2011-05-09 10:40:52 -0500 Report

I was taught for my T2 to count the total carbs in the meal and the ratio was 1 unit insulin for every 5 grams of carb. FOR ME this was to be added onto my base plus sliding scale.

jayabee52 2011-05-07 13:07:57 -0500 Report

You can do it both ways. I believe that if the fiber is 5g or more it may be excluded from the total carb count. Here's a former discussion in DC on net carbs:

I pray this will clarify it for you.

Blessings to you and yours, Blessed!


blessedbeing 2011-05-08 12:52:08 -0500 Report

Thanks James! I normally use net carbs but got confused during my diabetic classes and the way they were doing things. I think they went by fives and 15 was one carb choice or something like that. lol

I think I'll keep doing what I've been doing. It seems to be working according to my doctor.

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