Do I have to have 180g of carbs

By Marytea Latest Reply 2015-01-22 06:38:39 -0600
Started 2011-06-02 20:43:34 -0500

I am afraid I will gain weight if I have 180g of carbs everyday. Can I eat less of them as long as I eat enough protein?

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Refined Ruffian 2015-01-22 06:38:39 -0600 Report

This is a great conversation. I am also a bit uncertain of what is best for me. I have an appointment with a nutritionist next week so hopefully will have a more solid path forward. It does seem to be very individual.

lilleyheidi 2015-01-22 06:13:39 -0600 Report

Carb intake varies. It goes by gender, age, weight, activity level, etc.
On average it is around 30-40 grams per meal and 15 for snacks. That is an average, that is not a set in stone, every diabetic uses. Your diabetes and your diet are yours. It should be between you and your health team. For me, personally, I follow a much lower carb eating plan, it is what works for me. others eat more carbs, it works for them. You need to have a starting point, log what your eating, and then gradually start cutting things out. I suggest cutting simple carbs out first, things like white bread, pasta, soda, chips, potato, etc go first. then see how your doing and if you need to cut back more or not. Talk to a registered dietician. Tell him/her if things need tweaking a bit. If something isn't working well, tell him/her you need a bit of a change and ask them what they suggest, they are the pro's. Best of health to you. Heidi

Louri 2011-06-06 20:45:32 -0500 Report

is this total carbs, or sugar carbs? I'm just starting on insulin and controlling my diet.

Harlen 2011-06-03 14:20:17 -0500 Report

It depends on how your taking care of your D
Are you counting carbs? Are you cavering fot the carbs with insulin?
It realy matters how your taking care of D
Let me know and I can better anber your Question
Best wishes

Marytea 2011-06-03 17:04:55 -0500 Report

Thank you for your response. My doctor told me 2 weeks ago that my glucose number was 189. She said I had two choices: 1 diet and exercise or 2 diet, exercise and metformin. I chose 2. She put me on two tablets of metformin but cut me back to one. She sent me to a class which I enjoyed. I am following the instructors guidelines of 180g of carbs with protein too. That's it. I would like to lose 20 pounds which 180 carbs will not let me do. I walk nearly everyday and run a food pantry (lots of lifting). I look forward to your response. I feel a bit thrown out there. I also do not test my blood as the dr did not suggest it.

vanrainey 2011-06-03 12:08:00 -0500 Report

This seems like a very worthwhile discussion and I thank you for initiating it. I find the parameters vary widely and are very confusing. Is it possible for those certified nutritionists or those with a nutrition background to identify themselves as they provide input.

edvel54 2011-06-03 11:05:37 -0500 Report

In a class I took they told me no more than 130 a day. They said it use to be higher, but studies have found that lower carbs per day helps with insulin resistance. I usually have 20-30 each meal

rij061258 2011-06-03 03:05:53 -0500 Report

At my class, we were told 45 to 60g per meal but advised to determine for ourself to take our body build into consideration when deciding what would be right for us. I have a small frame so start with the 45g but have found that 30g or less is better for me. Snacks ideally should be no more than 15g. This is the guideline they gave us at my class. Hope this helps you.

Marytea 2011-06-03 08:42:01 -0500 Report

Thank you for your help. 30 grams sounds better to me. Are the 15 grams for snacks included in those 90 grams or not?