General idea of how many carbs people consume a day

By theladyiscrazy Latest Reply 2014-01-08 15:46:07 -0600
Started 2014-01-03 19:05:16 -0600

I was curious at how many carbs most of you consume a day or even per meal/snack. That is, if you don't mind sharing.

29 replies

GabbyPA 2014-01-08 10:05:22 -0600 Report

This is really so individual and really depends on your body and how you use the carbs you consume. For me, less is best and I try to keep my carbs very low. Others need more. Testing will help you see what you can handle.

One Step at a Time
One Step at a Time 2014-01-07 22:02:19 -0600 Report

Counting carbs and counting carb choices are different. 15 carbs is 1 carb choice. And you can subtract fiber and sugar alcohol from the total carb count. So read labels. Give your body about an hour after eating to check your BG.

I'm type 1 and I eat 3 30 carb meals and 2 15-2@ carb snacks. I also will have some "free snacks" that are <10 carbs each depending on how hungry I am. More protein and fiber keep you full.

Chopstix 2014-01-05 16:20:24 -0600 Report

Have never counted carbs! I just watch what I eat and try to get some kind of movement every day.

denipink57 2014-01-05 04:44:34 -0600 Report

i am supposed to eat 45-60 each meal. i am waiting on a book i ordered off amazon to learn how to count carbs.

Jude1952 2014-01-04 01:53:53 -0600 Report

Always get advice from your Doctor. But I have been read a web site "What they don't tell you about Diabetes" After eating a meal test your self see how your body handle different meals I found I can eat a 1/2 a bagel with breakfast and level did not go over 140 (after 2 hrs) where some one else may be able to eat a whole bagel or not be able to eat one at all. Many people with Type 2 can easily handle from 60-90 grams of carbohydrate a day without spikes. Exactly how much depends on your body size. The bigger you are, the more you probably can handle.

dagger1234 2014-01-03 22:53:28 -0600 Report

I was just told that I can eat 2-3 carbs per meal.. So normally 3-4 times a day but sometimes I go over and my bs are normal etc. It just all depends on the person. I know that white bread and white rice are my triggers though.

Shershe699 2014-01-03 21:31:14 -0600 Report

The best thing my doctor did was send me to a series of appointments & workshops at our local hospital. One appt was with a dietician. She recommended 45 carbs, one or two proteins & one or two fats per meal, depending on the meal. Plus 15 carbs for a snack. This was the plan I stuck to religiously for five months & dropped 60 pounds. I hope to restick (LOL) myself & continue losing!! Good luck !!!

haoleboy 2014-01-03 20:49:51 -0600 Report

I seem to do best when I keep carbs to 30 per meal and 15 for snacks. that is also in conjunction with a high fiber diet and I try really hard to be sure the carbs I do consume are complex.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-03 20:10:02 -0600 Report

Carb intake is different for each person. My doctor gave me an amount which I don't stick to because I generaly eat less than he said. It is best for your doctor to tell you how many carbs you can consume per day/meal and adjust your diet accordingly.

theladyiscrazy 2014-01-03 20:56:38 -0600 Report

Just Joyce, I am aware that it varies. I am just trying to get a ball park idea. My doctor doesn't give an idea of carbs. She leaves that to the dieticians/nutritionist, however, my insurance has now dropped both from "covered" items.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-04 13:31:23 -0600 Report

A ballpark idea isn't going to help you and you cannot use what any of our carb intakes are to come up with yours. It is as Jude said weight, calories and body type all plays a role. Pin your doctor down and tell her to answer your questions or you will find a doctor who will. Your doctor can tell you how many carbs calories per meal. Before I saw the useless dietitian my doctor sent me to he told me how many carbs and calories per meal I should have. I took my food journal and we went over that and I was fine. The nutritionist changed everything he had in place and my numbers went out of control. She never read my chart. My doctor was very upset and I refused to go near her. If your insurance does not cover a dietician, find a health center that offers a sliding fee scale. I don't see a nutritionist. I have a neighbor who is a certified nutritionist and another who has a doctorate in nutrition. They both help me with my diet when it needs to be adjusted. Sometimes you have to advocate for yourself.

haoleboy 2014-01-03 23:33:35 -0600 Report

sadly many of us are 'left on our own' when it comes to figuring out the nutrition riddle

Shershe699 2014-01-06 21:08:56 -0600 Report

During our workshops, I was amazed at how many people were in that exact predicament. Their doctors had simply given them a diagnosis and not equipped them with any information to combat their diabetes. Attendees were sad, discouraged, and had BG levels off the charts. They were busying themselves counting sugar, salt, what have you. They were never told to focus on carbs. It was amazing to see their outlook improve with just a little bit of knowledge. Now, granted, everybody is different to be sure and should listen to their own health care professionals for advice. I stated previously that my nutritionist suggested 45 carbs per meal. Do I always eat those exact amounts? Not at all. I am also not suggesting anyone else do so. I appreciate a forum such as this where I can learn of others' experiences, gain a bit of knowledge from what they've gone through, and perhaps share of bit of what I have gleaned. I feel that it definitely does take a village to deal with diabetes and I appreciate the support of each of you.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-04 19:44:31 -0600 Report

Haoleboy you are left on your own because unless you are willing to advocate for yourself, speak up for yourself and find a doctor willing to work with you, then you are on your own.

I went to the ER in the back of an ambulance because of a severe allergic reaction. The doctor insisted I had the flu and COPD. She went so far as to tell me that my lungs had dried out. I asked her what kind of idiot do you think I am? I gave her my symptoms all of which were conducive of anaphylaxic shock. I was actually diaphoretic when I arrived. She still insisted I had the flu and COPD. I told her to go find a real doctor because I was not going to deal with her. The doctor who replaced her agreed with what I had diagnosed. Thankfully, being a former EMT I was able to discuss my problem with the other doctor. Life is short and I was too sick to play games with her. She was very upset because the entire ER heard the argument we had. The head of ER came an apologized to me and he made her do the same.

haoleboy 2014-01-04 20:05:18 -0600 Report

my apologies Just … I had forgotten that you have the uncanny ability to understand individuals and their situations that you know absolutely nothing about … and that you do it in such a patronizing manor.
once again I humbly bow to your superior knowledge.

karen7t2 2014-01-04 18:41:03 -0600 Report

I agree with that. I have no idea how many carbs to eat. My Dr. just said eat everything using portion control. :(

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-04 19:34:35 -0600 Report

I would never have settled for that. He is my doctor, even with insurance I still pay a fee for the visit. It is my health and he works for me. This is why you have to advocate and be firm. I will tell a doctor in a heartbeat if you can't or won't answer my question, I will find one who will. I would pin him down and tell him to tell me or goodbye.

karen7t2 2014-01-05 08:39:16 -0600 Report

I have actually been thinking this too. It is extremely hard to get Dr's here and they know it. I am looking though. That is her attitude on most problems I bring to her, even my daughters,not eating.

theladyiscrazy 2014-01-04 19:52:59 -0600 Report

I do understand what you are saying Joyce, but it is not always easy to just up and change doctors. Insurance companies (especially Tricare Prime) don't let you just up and change. You have to submit forms and get approval in order to do so.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-05 11:40:41 -0600 Report

I changed doctors who were in the same office practice. My insurance let me do that. If you can't change doctors then you have to find a way to work together.

theladyiscrazy 2014-01-05 20:11:23 -0600 Report

In order to change doctors within the practice, we have to get the first doctor to "discharge us" and give permission for another doctor to take over as primary care. This was a battle I had when my son wanted to change doctors within the practice. Also, you have to have another doctor in the practice that has openings as you are considered a new patient for them. It isn't as easy as it once was to up and "find a new doctor". My doctor is good but she does try to leave it to the "specialist" to determine certain things. This is where she would have sent me to a dietician. Now, I am going to try and go to a hospital sponsored class but I have to have the doctor fill out some forms for me and get a referral from my insurance who may say NO way. So, again at the mercy of "insurance".

haoleboy 2014-01-04 20:30:07 -0600 Report

we're allowed to change Doctors once per year … also I spent most of the past 15 years without insurance so I accepted that if I wanted to beat this I needed to educate myself and rely on friends and family. So far that seems to be working out okay in 2013 I lost 75 pounds and lowered my A1C to under 6.0 (oh, and survived a stroke too boot)

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