Carbs vs. calories

By herigoagain1 Latest Reply 2012-08-02 20:45:17 -0500
Started 2012-07-30 20:19:52 -0500

I was just wondering why some of us have to count carbs and the rest of us have to count calories? My doctor told me not to worry about the carbs just do a 1200 cal diet for right now and increase to a 1800 diet. I have been losing weight and my BS is pretty much near normal. I work with someone who doens't look at calories but counts every carb they put into their mouth. I am just confused as to why different doctors put you on different diets. I must admit it I had to count carbs I would probably rip my hair out. It's fairly easy to read the calorie count off of a package. Thanks for your imput into this. Like I said I am just curious. Have a great one and thank for your imput.

14 replies

femaletrucker 2012-08-02 20:45:17 -0500 Report

I don't count carbs, but I stick with "whole foods" and never, ever eat "white foods" such as noodles, bread, potatoes (only sweet potatoes…limited), sugar, or rice. I use wild rice, salads, olive oil, sea salt, lemon juice, whole cuts of meat (lean), lots of fish and omega 3 fatty acids such as salmon and walnuts, greek yogurt, berries, peanut butter, and high protein. Eating this way helps kill hunger and makes you not crave food continuously. I use Truvia (sugar from Stevia plant) in my foods, and it has no nasty aftertaste and is not a chemical. And the biggest key is exercise. I can't stress that enough. It helps so much as far as bad moods, hot flashes, PMS, appetite, swollen ankles and fingers, etc. Try miracle noodles or kelp noodles (found in health food stores) if your craving pasta. Peanut butter and celery sticks.

KEC1257 2012-08-02 18:22:23 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed a couple of months ago and my doctor's primary goal for me right now is weight loss. A weight loss diet will naturally make you restrict carbs and fat and will reduce your blood glucose while you lose weight. I am morbidly obese & my dr. says that if I lose enough weight my BP will improve & I may be able to go off medication, so building a better is my primary goal right now.

MoeGig 2012-08-01 19:44:03 -0500 Report

Ok, here's the difference: Hunger. I minimize carbs, but don't restrict protein and fat; so, I eat until I'm not hungry. If you eat carbs, then you are often hungry and then you have to use will power to lose weight (minimize calories). I just don't have will power that can last that long. It's just easier to eat only protein and fat, so I'm not hungry. Got below 199 this am from 240 8-9 years ago.

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Set apart 2012-08-01 06:17:10 -0500 Report

Counting carbs is what keeps my BG levels down, calories do count especially to maintain or lose weight! I combine proteins with small portions of selected carbs, works for me! I am trying to lose 5 lbs so am under 1200 cals per day!

herigoagain1 2012-08-01 18:31:31 -0500 Report

a dietician did tell me that if you go below 120 cals you will not lose weight. They said to take in at least 1200. Good luck with the weight loss.

Nana_anna 2012-07-31 21:41:51 -0500 Report

For me, its the carbs. No matter how much or how little. My sugar is stubborn. It stays above 200 most of the time. I do all I can to. I am loosing weight, about a pound or two a month. Its coming off. I have to get my thyroid level down to. That is also out of wack. Its been difficult. But I am still moving n groving!

mityjoe67 2012-07-31 20:06:24 -0500 Report

I have always been told to track my carbs. Then one day I came across an app to try and help manage my weight and what I found really interesting is that when I eat protiens, they have calories but no carbs. I have been a diabetic for 37 years and was really srprised by this. Could that be a reson for doing calorie counts versus carb counting? Not sure, bu tfood for thought. :)

DeanaG 2012-07-31 16:05:48 -0500 Report

I track carbs, calories, fat and protein.
I am most concerned with my carbs as that is what effects my blood sugar. I am also trying to lose some more weight. I have found if I concentrate on my carbs the rest pretty much takes care of it's self. ;-)

GabbyPA 2012-07-31 13:16:09 -0500 Report

I count carbs too. Actually, I do both and if I keep my carbs in line, I can usually keep my calories in line as well. It is good to count also your protein, fiber and fats. The reason I started doing both was because I found as I dumped carbs, I would fill with other things that were higher calories such as meats. So you kind of want to watch both.

Nick1962 2012-07-31 12:32:44 -0500 Report

I'm with Lou on this one. I only count carbs. Either way, a 1200 calorie restriction does take out a lot of carbs if you're doing it right.

Type1Lou 2012-07-31 10:16:35 -0500 Report

I count the carbs and feel that the calories take care of themselves. Since carbs are what makes blood sugar rise, if you're eating a high-carb 1200 calorie diet vs a low-carb 1200 calorie diet, you'll get higher BG readings. For me, carbs are the key to better BG control.

ShellyLargent 2012-07-31 10:10:08 -0500 Report

I count both. I'm on a 1300 calorie diet to lose weight, but I also have to count carbs so that I can accurately calculate my insulin. What I'm finding is that by cutting down on my calorie intake, my carbs have been automatically cut down as well. Counting carbs is just as easy as counting calories. The total carb values are listed on packages as well as the calories, and they also make great pocket guides that list carb and calorie counts for thousands of foods. Calorie King is the one I use. It's like $8 at most bookstores and drugstores.