carbs for day

By 10fluffy35 Latest Reply 2012-09-27 13:29:01 -0500
Started 2012-09-26 07:11:56 -0500

Working on my after dinner 2 hr b/s. What are the least amt of carbs to
eat in one day. How many starches in one day?

7 replies

awakening2health 2012-09-27 13:29:01 -0500 Report

ultimately its more about the GLYCEMIC INDEX of the carbohydrate. Some carbs rasise blood sugar more than others; these are called HIGH GLYCEMIC INDEX carbs, while others not so much - they are called LOW GLYCEMIC INDEX CARBS

For example - 100 calories worth of APPLE JUICE rasies blood sugar a lot more than 100 calories worth of an APPLE, because the pulp of the apple slows down the absorbrion of the blood sugar and the peaks are lower. Likewise - WHOLE GRAIN bread or pasta raises blood sugar less than WHITE BREAD or pasta.

So some carbs are actually really good for you! (for example Steel cut oats)

go forth and conquer!

Type1Lou 2012-09-26 18:15:21 -0500 Report

Carb consumption is such an individual thing. I limit myself to no more than 120 grams of carb per day: 30 at breakfast, 45 at lunch and 45 at dinner. I think your height, weight, and activity level are all factors in determining how much you need. Many here on DC eat fewer daily carbs than I do. I'm 5'3", weigh 120 lbs and am a moderately active senior citizen. I don't bother to count calories or fats since regulating the carbs works for me. I adopted this approach after reading Dr Richard Bernstein's book "Diabetes Solution". He advocates a much lower daily carb intake than I've adopted but he did get me on the low-carb road to better blood sugars.

Proud Army Mom
Proud Army Mom 2012-09-26 08:55:16 -0500 Report

Hi Fluffy - for perhaps the last 3 months, I have changed my eating behavior and now eat very low carb, and it has made a HUGE difference in my BS. Jayabee mentions Ketosis - my understanding is that low carb diets (ala Atkins) only recommend being in a state of Ketosis for two weeks. You can still eat low carb to improve BS #s and not be in Ketosis. I believe that in order to avoid Ketosis, you need to consume approximately 70-100 grams of carbs a day. That's not hard to do - a medium size apple is approximately 25 grams of carbs. The type of carb is important - focus on vegetables, whole grains, and a few servings of fruit.

I eat approximately 15-20 grams of carb at lunch (in the form of high fiber wasa crispbread), 25 grams at snack (apple), 20 grams at dinner (sometimes black bean veggie burger, etc. and then another 20-25 grams before bed (piece of fruit and a handful of almonds). Even at that, I am sure I am getting more than that in carbs because I also eat lots of veggies (non-starchy) like carrots, v8 (low sodium) which has 7 grams of carbs, etc. So I expect I must eat somewhere between 100-150 grams of carbs a day, give or take.

I don't eat potatoes (except an ocassional yam because I love them and they don't impact my BS), pasta, rice, or bread. I also don't eat corn or peas or other starchy veggies…

Hope this is a little helpful :)


Proud Army Mom
Proud Army Mom 2012-09-26 09:18:36 -0500 Report

Just to add, I also eat legumes/beans like Chick peas, Kidney beans, etc. but in moderation because they are high in calories. They don't impact my BS and are great sources of protein and fiber. :)

jayabee52 2012-09-26 07:59:25 -0500 Report

It may sound like I am trying to be a smart@$$ but I am really serious. The MINIMUM number of calories one may eat per day is a grand total of 0.

If you avoid carbs altogether your body will burn fat (called Ketosis) and that will fuel your body. However if your body is in starvation mode it will often use your muscle as a fuel source to try to conserve your fat stores

That is why one ought to have an intake of carbohydrates to keep your muscles from wasting.

Here is a suggestion from Livestrong as to mimimum carbs to maintain health ~