Carb program

By Alexsmom36 Latest Reply 2013-02-27 04:58:44 -0600
Started 2012-12-31 01:14:58 -0600

I have a question for everyone. Do you count carbs or on a program like weight watchers where you have a carb program where you have diabetic exchanges. If you do, do you do well on it?

Thanks, Tracy

14 replies

Fefe12 2013-02-27 04:58:44 -0600 Report

I count. I was told to have 3-4 carb servings per meal and 1-2 snacks per day with 1 carb and 1 protein serving. Its worked for me. After 6 months I was off insulin and only take pills now. My AC1 is perfect, and I've stayed at the same weight for a year, with no ups and downs.

Set apart
Set apart 2013-01-05 05:40:43 -0600 Report

I count carbs, like Nick and Sandy am very limited to the amount I allow myself to eat. As a T1 I find that almost anything lately requires more insulin so am picky as to what I eat! Lately my body is changing and am trying not to get down since I am needing to increase my insulin, :-(

I_will_fight_it 2013-01-04 23:38:50 -0600 Report

I count carbs, when I left the hospital they calculated and said I can have 70 carbs per meal with no snacks in between or less per meal but then possibility to have snacks. I usually eat only a snack for beakfast so it "gives" me several snacks per day. I also try to eat healthy low to no carbs food for my main meals. I am trying to cook as much as I can so I know what is "inside" my meal.

Lizardfan 2013-01-03 12:23:28 -0600 Report

I use WW, it counts the carbs for me. If it is high in points it will be high carb I have found. So I am careful with my points!

tess300 2013-01-02 17:48:12 -0600 Report

I count carbs on my daily meals and in between snacks. I try and keep it at 45 carbs per meal and 15 carbs at snack time. I seem to do pretty well on the meals, but have trouble sticking to 15 carbs at snack time.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-12-31 18:53:12 -0600 Report

Nope I simply count carbs. It is easier for me than to do it on a program. This way I am more in control and not under the control of a specified program. I have found that WW foods are high in carbs so I stay away from that also.

elucero 2012-12-31 11:27:07 -0600 Report

Hi im type I and I have tried weight watchers and my A1c went up because I mis-calculated the carbs in all the fruit i was eating. (was eating LOTS of it). However; if you're a type II then I've seen so weight watchers participants lose lots of weight and get off meds. That's amazing. I count carbs and walk daily. I have maintained my weight, but need to lose 40 lbs and now I'm ready to lose it for good.

Safari4 2012-12-31 09:10:10 -0600 Report

Oh, yeah, I like beans and rice as a protein and eggs. Keeps me from craving. 1 cup of coffee and no soda even diet. Avoid diet stuff.

Safari4 2012-12-31 09:07:45 -0600 Report

It's made me feel so much better but I'm new and learning, learning, learning Happy New Year!

Safari4 2012-12-31 09:05:47 -0600 Report

I think healthy instead of carbs. Not all carbs are bad but processed food, white rice, white flour and sugar R. I use the plate method 1/2 fruits and veggies like green salad, cucumber , cabbage, kale (healthy, low glycemic veggies and fruit like apples.) 1/4 lean protein ( I'm only eating chicken (baked not fried) or fish, not fried. The other 1/4 can be healthy starches like brown rice, sweet potato, whole grain bread (easy on the bread). Use a small plate because portion control is also important. I occasionally have a cookie or something sweet but only after a meal with protein. No sugar rush, this way.

Type1Lou 2012-12-31 08:36:28 -0600 Report

I've been counting carbs now for about 8 years and find that works very well for me. I am 5'3" tal, soon to be 64l and moderately active. I try to limit myself to no more than 120 grams of total carb per day and have been able to maintain my weight at around 120 lbs; my A1c's run 7.0 or below. You need to determine how low your carbs need to be for you since diabetes is such an individually variable disease. A good starting point would be to determine how many carbs you are actually consuming every day. A low-carb diet is not easy and I miss the breads in particular, but the benefits of a low-carb approach are well worth it. (I converted to low-carb after reading Dr. Richard Bernstein's "Diabetes Solution".) Weight Watchers point system does not pay rigorous attention to carb content so I have elected not to even try that. It's Low-carb for me! Wishing you a healthier and happier 2013!

Nick1962 2012-12-31 07:41:47 -0600 Report

I'll second what Sandy said. I personally just try to avoid carbs in general. Usually less than 100/day. I don't have to mess with counting that way, but then I'm T2, that wouldn't fly if you're T1.

SandySilvers 2012-12-31 06:21:28 -0600 Report

Hi there! I just learned to count my carbs. When I was first diagnosed the dietician told me to start with 45-60 carbs for each meal and 15 for each snack. I've dunces learned that I definately do not need that many each day. Now I average around 25-35 per meal (sometimes less) and about 15 for a bedtime snack. But everyone is different. A Weight Watchers plan may be easier - and better - for you. Or you might like counting carbs (this is best for me) or using the "plate method". It's all about learning what works best for you. Once I started eating right, exercising, taking my medicine, and counting my carbs, the weight came off easily. I'm now at 34lbs and counting, and my numbers are looking good! Happy New Year and best of luck to you!

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