No carbs

By dodgaholic Latest Reply 2013-05-26 11:48:35 -0500
Started 2013-05-23 12:08:45 -0500

My parents were told by doctor that my step father had to be on a no carb diet. How do you do that? All foods seem to have carbs. They are going crazy trying to do as the doctor says. Any help?

6 replies

Coach Cheryl
Coach Cheryl 2013-05-26 11:48:35 -0500 Report

It is important to see a Diabetic Nutritionist if the doctor is requesting a no carb or even a no bad carb diet. The average layman is not going to be able to figure it out on their own. Like some have said you need carbs to maintain a healthy body and getting expert advice on how to eliminate what the doctors wants and still keep a good balance of nutrition is very important.

Gwen214 2013-05-25 08:08:23 -0500 Report

Actually can't, have to have some carbs, his body needs it. There bad carbs and healthy carbs. He may need to see a nutritionist, along with his doctor to see if all of you can work out a plan. It's really all about balance.

MrsCDogg 2013-05-24 12:00:04 -0500 Report

A lot of times when people say "no carbs" what they actually mean is no starchy carbs. Vegetables like salad greens, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, yellow squash, green peppers are great for diabetics and everyone. To do no starchy carbs you would need to stay away from stuff like potatoes, breads, sugar, pasta, crackers, chips, and most any junk food.

Nick1962 2013-05-23 16:07:16 -0500 Report

I'd go back to that doctor and get a clarification - in plain and simple language he understands - just what is meant by "no carb". I'd be willing to bet he meant low carb. You're right, just about all foods have some carbs, even some pills (like the fish oil I take) have carbs. Carbs are essential to health and needed for energy. having been on a low carb diet for years now, I can tell you there is no such thing as "no carbs", and even going too low may have some ill effects on health. Again, get a clarification and even a sample meal plan if you can, but as the others have mentioned, read labels, pay attention to portions, and do some research on low carb diets.

Chuck Fisher
Chuck Fisher 2013-05-23 13:56:44 -0500 Report

Leafy vegetables are very low in carbs as well. You should buy a kitchen scale with nutrition information pre-loaded. You can easily ascertain the amount of calories, carbs, protein and fat you are ingesting. After some experience, you'll be able to estimate a reasonable serving size when you are not at home. Don't rely on the pictures they have on packages. They often show a serving that is enough for 2 adults or more!

jojowm 2013-05-23 12:55:23 -0500 Report

Maybe try going on the American Diabetes Association website, (you can google it and find it.) They also have a pocket guide to diabetic exchanges which lists how many carbs in certain foods if any. Lean meats, poultry, fish for example are listed as having no carbs. Hope this helps. Good Luck!