Low Carb Lifestyle: Pros and Cons

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2016-04-15 11:11:07 -0500
Started 2015-02-09 08:16:18 -0600

Many of us here are talking about our low carb diets and how they are working for us. I came across an article that discusses some very real pros and cons about living this way. It was a good read because while the cons are there, if you are aware of them, there are things you can do to counter them. http://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition/...

So what have been your pros and cons to living low carb? What compromises do you make to make it fit your needs?

For me, I have had a goal of less than 80 carbs a day and am very happy to do less than 60. I do find that I get a little more bound up inside, but that is nothing a few salads can't take care of. I think I may also have found an answer to my horrible dawn phenomenon issues, but I am still working on that before I share too much. I don't find a lack of energy at all and for the most part, I am satisfied with my meals. There just seem to be certain days when I am hungry all day. Drives me nuts. But I have had success with it since jump starting it again January of this year. I've lost weight, gotten my levels down and feel great. So I am a pro low carber. The cons are not even in my think tank.

106 replies

KarenH 2015-02-20 22:57:08 -0600 Report

I have been diabetic for many years and my previous primary care physician and I went around and around with my treatment plans because I always hada so many excuses (that was very wrong of me). He was my doctor for 30 years before he retired & was always kind and patient about me not loosing the weight. So now I have a new lady doctor that has changed my meds and insulin and she has been more successful in motivating me this time. I have lost 52 lbs in 2 years! The last 30 of those lbs are from joining weight watchers. I don't do the counting of the points at ww but the other plan that is called Simply Filling. A!C is 6.5 YAY

Kabby52 2015-02-20 07:11:25 -0600 Report

A low-carb diet has helped me to lower my BG. A vegetarian diet has helped me lower my blood pressure. And in time, I hope that it will help me lower my bad cholesterol. Not eating meat should do that. Also, I am hoping that a vegetarian/ low carb diet will help me lose weight. Being on a strict diet for about 4 years, I don't seem to crave sweets, but I tend to crave the grains.

Lakeland 2015-02-18 20:11:33 -0600 Report

I got to get back to watching my carbs,, I've really slacked off lately, but I don't count them, I just pick one carb for the meal, bread, or dessert & then nothing else. I've learned fruit is off limits for me unless, I promise not to take my blood sugar afterwards. I'm a definite believer in low carbs,

BB2010 2015-02-18 11:05:22 -0600 Report

I was reading through all of the comments on this post & decides to weigh in on the how many carbs debate. I was diagnosed T2 diabetic about a month ago at the hospital with bg @502. At the hospital I was put on what they called a "Medium" diabetic diet. It allowed 60-75g of Carbs Per Meal. My levels quickly have reduced & I had lost 13 pounds in 2 weeks. My dr reconfirmed that 60-75g of Carbs Per Meal was perfectly fine. My levels are usually in the low to mid 90's before meals & usually no higher than 130 after meals. I don't usually get 60-75g in at each meal, more around 40-55g But I also want to say that I wanted to get another source to confirm what I had been told about how much carbs is ok so I went on American Diabetes Association website & this is what I found…
How Much Carbohydrate?

How much carbohydrate you eat is very individual. Finding the right amount of carbohydrate depends on many things including how active you are and what, if any, medicines you take. Some people are active and can eat more carbohydrate. Others have trouble eating much carbohydrate.

Finding the balance for yourself is important so you can feel your best, do the things you enjoy, and lower your risk of diabetes complications.

A place to start is at about 45-60 grams of carbohydrate at a meal. You may need more or less carbohydrate at meals depending on how you manage your diabetes.

You and your health care team can figure out the right amount for you. Once you know how much carb to eat at a meal, choose your food and the portion size to match.

- See more at: http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food...

I just thought I would do my research & put in my two cents. Hope I haven't offended anyone.. I do think lowering my carbs since being diagnosed has been great for me though.

haoleboy 2015-02-18 11:57:48 -0600 Report

Certainly no offense taken here … I would just point out that there are other health benefits beyond glucose control and weight loss to be derived from a low carb (high fat) lifestyle … such as improving cholesterol ratios and lowering blood pressure (much more important to me than BGL).


Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-02-18 22:54:06 -0600 Report

Not to mention the goal of going off meds or at least reducing meds…I find it funny that this is never brought up in these conversations…it goes without saying that if I am taking more medication I should be able to eat more carbs…but I chose NOT to take that route…I would rather be med free and bread free…my new slogan…hee hee…almost there!!!

haoleboy 2015-02-18 23:08:39 -0600 Report

Getting off meds goes without saying. Well, it certainly does for me. I will do (and have done) whatever it takes to get off all the meds I can … so far, so good …although as a stroke survivor I will probably stay on low dosages of lisinopril and aspirin for the rest of my life … but metformin I am hoping to be off by May (or at least reduce dosage)


Edie 2015-02-15 21:28:59 -0600 Report

Going Low Carb how does it affect your BG levels?

GabbyPA 2015-02-16 09:03:29 -0600 Report

It has helped me a lot. My numbers are always high, but now I have managed to get more numbers under 140 than ever before. I am very excited.

Emma-Kate 2015-02-12 11:40:54 -0600 Report

Naturally I am snacker, so a low carb lifestyle is difficult for me…

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-02-18 22:56:24 -0600 Report

Ham and cream cheese roll ups…almond butter balls…cheese cubes..and if you need something salty/crunchy..pork rinds…

GabbyPA 2015-02-12 11:49:42 -0600 Report

There are tons of low carb snacks out there. I guess it just depends what you like to snack on. I like nuts, specially in the shell, as that takes me longer to get through a snack. I also like cheese wrapped in meat or even some dark chocolate can make a low carb snack. Real dark chocolate that is 75% Cocoa. For me, the problem comes with more calories than the carbs, so I have to be careful on what I choose.

Nikita007 2015-02-11 10:39:45 -0600 Report

Good post Gabby. Thanks for the article. When I'm a little carb light or hungrier, a few nuts and more water, or unsweetened fruited jello works. Definitely more sleep on those days. I also take magnesium so no problem with bm's. Truthfully, I don't count my carbs. I just make sure to get loads of low, slow carbs. I do HIIT and weights for my workouts. Seems to be working for me. My doctor is very surprised. This is Day 27 since my diagnosis of a BG of 385. Today, it's at 119. My last BP reading was 117/76. Not sure if it works, but read somewhere that unsweetened almond milk before helps with the Dawn Phenomenon. Good Luck!

GabbyPA 2015-02-11 12:31:37 -0600 Report

That is a fantastic improvement! Your doctor should be taking notes.

Nikita007 2015-02-11 13:31:20 -0600 Report

Thanks lots! She was definitely pushing the meds "protocol" as she put it. I think she realizes I'm dead serious about not being dependent on medications. I keep a journal of meals, exercise and BG readings. I stopped taking the statins last night. She's resigned herself to a phone consultation with me a month from now to check in. We are both cautiously optimistic.

handmashed 2015-02-11 01:48:32 -0600 Report

I also eat low carb, my daily average range is 25 - 40. YEP… ultra low. I make it work, and have found a half million ways around the kitchen.. still getting around 1200-1400 calories a day despite the low carb count. My nutritionist has urged me to try to put more carbs in… but I am comfortable at this level. I have not lost any muscle, and have no side effects of bowel disorders. I do have to be very creative, but I don't mind. I have lost about 20 percent of my body weight in a short 5 months… SO far, SO good. I am pro low carb as well, but as with any diet or life change, not everyone would be . As long as each of us, continues to do what works… or work on what we are doing, I think that we can expect to share the support we all need.


GabbyPA 2015-02-11 12:32:57 -0600 Report

That is what I did wrong before. I was eating low carb and everyone kept telling me I had to add more. I fought it at first, but then caved and then craved....oh, not pretty. So now I do what works best for me, even though I am still figuring that all out.

Gene gives
Gene gives 2015-02-10 21:14:19 -0600 Report

hi dee try this turkey burger it has ground turkey 1 TB garlic 1TB powder onion powder dried cherry's 1/2cup 1/2cup pram cheese 2eggs 1/2cup panko salt & pepper to taste

JoleneAL 2015-02-10 15:11:30 -0600 Report

I'm working on this right now. However, I can't seem to lose weight with that alone, so am seeing a weight doctor as well.

I don't limit myself to a certain amount a day because when I have to do strict, by the book, "don't you dare do that" guidelines, I fail. I just pick out low carb foods and eat in moderation. I have found that making sure I eat a snack in the morning and afternoon helps a ton. Cheese and a small apple. And lots of water. I also like to have a sandwich now and again, so I found the lowest carb bread I could find and then limit myself to a few pieces a week.

Michael_1960 2015-02-09 20:57:29 -0600 Report

My doctor told me to eat 60 grams of carbs per meal and 20 grams per snack which is 2 snacks a day, but I don't eat that many carbs all the time, I am a meat and veggie guy myself and the only time I eat bread is 100% whole grain bread is when I eat a turkey, or chicken sandwich, my meats consist of chicken, turkey, fish; tilapia, salmon, tuna, sometimes whiting, perch, and flounder, and a lot of veggies just not a one time, but like broccoli, carrots, grilled squash, and that's yellow, and zucchini, lettuce, brussel sprouts, cabbage, only time I eat potato's is when I steam my veggies, I will put a few little red potato's in there too, and cut them in half, and sweet potato's every once in awhile I will eat a hot dog or a hamburger, and I will put a piece of hard candy in my mouth when I feel my b/s level drops during the day, and one thing I don't understand is I still get a b/s reading of around 150. I also take 2 metformin pills a day, 2 cinnamon pills after each meal, a centrium vitamin, a chromium picolinate pill, and sometimes when I hurt in my back I will take an ibuprofen. My A1cs are normal and everything else but my tryglicerides are high.

Kats49 2015-02-10 20:50:06 -0600 Report

I am fighting the same problem…it seems to be genetic high triglycerides. I am on cholesterol medication, and my A1C three weeks ago was 5.8 a little high but I have been hospitalized back and forth since Dec.29, 2014 so that's prednisone a medication for severe asthma.. Good for clearing the lungs but tough on the body.Our bodies will raise sugars in the middle of the night unless you find a protein snack that keeps them . I use a nut butter on a graham cracker. I can eat two of those. or a banana with yogurt. I eat under 30 carbs a day, but I have been eating a plant based diet since 2006 Just recently read that I need to take a fish oil capsules to lower the tri levels going to start that tonight.I am a T2 so what works for me might not work for you. However I am jealous you must live near a water source to have access to that much fish. I grow potatoes and I love reds, blues Yukon s eat no whites no russets. sweet potatoes actually don't raise your blood sugars. We all have eaten baked with no adornment since they are sweet enough on their own All the nutrients are in the skin so eat the skin scrub well they also roast up good with all those veggies. 'you might try a little olive oil sprinkled over you veggies and roast them. little calories. I love to get a pound or two of Brussels sprouts salt and pepper sprinkled with olive oil onto a large cookie sheet roast at 400 after 40 minutes or less..pull out let cool and . Pure heaven!!

RosalieM 2015-02-11 15:45:14 -0600 Report

Plant based diets are usually higher in carbs, than low carb diets with fat and meat, eggs and cheese.

Kats49 2015-02-10 20:48:51 -0600 Report

I am fighting the same problem…it seems to be genetic high triglycerides. I am on cholesterol medication, and my A1C three weeks ago was 5.8 a little high but I have been hospitalized back and forth since Dec.29, 2014 so that's prednisone a medication for severe asthma.. Good for clearing the lungs but tough on the body.Our bodies will raise sugars in the middle of the night unless you find a protein snack that keeps them . I use a nut butter on a graham cracker. I can eat two of those. or a banana with yogurt. I eat under 30 carbs a day, but I have been eating a plant based diet since 2006 Just recently read that I need to take a fish oil capsules to lower the tri levels going to start that tonight.I am a T2 so what works for me might not work for you. However I am jealous you must live near a water source to have access to that much fish. I grow potatoes and I love reds, blues Yukon s eat no whites no russets. sweet potatoes actually don't raise your blood sugars. We all have eaten baked with no adornment since they are sweet enough on their own All the nutrients are in the skin so eat the skin scrub well they also roast up good with all those veggies. 'you might try a little olive oil sprinkled over you veggies and roast them. little calories. I love to get a pound or two of Brussels sprouts salt and pepper sprinkled with olive oil onto a large cookie sheet roast at 400 after 40 minutes or less..pull out let cool and . Pure heaven!!

haoleboy 2015-02-09 19:36:39 -0600 Report

I have been eating low carb for years now … started Low Carb at about 150 total carbs per day and now eat Low Carb / High Fat staying under 50 per day. I had good luck losing weight (165 lbs. total) and have been maintaining that loss for the past 2 years.
The advantages of low carb for diabetics is well known, but the main reason I have aggressively lowered my daily carb intake is for the heart benefits .. a low carb / high fat diet has been shown to lower your triglycerides and raise HDL … given my other health issues, I would have arrived at this diet anyway.
I can honestly say that I enjoy eating low carb and preach its benefits to anyone that I can get hold still long enough to listen to my sermon :)


GeekonBoard 2015-02-09 19:02:35 -0600 Report

Great post & linked article Gabby! Thanks for the share! Low carb - To eat or Not to eat ;)
My RD diabetes educator has me started at a range of 180 - 210 carbs a day. Broken down - it's 45-55 carbs on meals & 15 carb max on snacks. I sometimes don't come anywhere near those numbers but other times I struggle. I like that my RD said she wanted to start me there because she was afraid of burnout or failure for me. I imagne by the time I listed off my bad habits & the fact that I'm a compulsive overeater & seek therapy & 12 step groups (not as much as I should) for this — she figured this was a safe place for us to meet in the middle. Food has always been my drug of choice. I don't drink, smoke or do drugs, but food has always been my friend, side kick, & fix it stand by. I knew that diabetes ran in my family & that I was obese. My self esteem was in the crapper & I wanted what I wanted — almost like I crossed my fingers & closed my eyes real tight hoping I wouldn't get diabetes.
Now, I'm having to face my baggage & make changes & not just say I'm going to change.
Being put on medication has really helped me see how all of this & my actions had been making me so tired & weak. Of course the ironic thing is I have all this extra energy on days that eating & numbers are better & that in turn makes me more anxious — wanting to eat. I'm finding new ways to work with all that & finding other healthy outlets for said energy.
As far as carbs — I could take or leave candy, chocolate, ice cream, etc, but bread & pasta — the line "from my cold dead hands" comes to mind. But, I have to make it work. I'm pretty pissed off about the whole thing. Plus, the first couple of weeks - I was rolling great. Last week has been all over the map & I find myself wanting to do things like sneak food & not enter it into my nutrition tracking book. As if my meter wasn't going to rat me out. Did I mention food is my drug of choice?
But, I'm doing way better than I thought I would be doing & low carb is where I've decided to start this journey for now. I love reading all of your different views & opinions on such topics. Thanks again for all of you sharing!

GabbyPA 2015-02-10 08:24:31 -0600 Report

Starting out closer to what we are used to eating is a great way to gradually get to a goal you and your doctor set. One thing I did when I first started tracking my food was eat my normal way for a week, writing it all down. Not only is that an eye opener, but it helped me find ways to cut that I could do without too much pain. Getting a positive feel for it is helpful in the beginning.

I was a pasta fiend. I would eat some form of pasta easily 3-4 times a week. That has been the hardest thing to get around. But now that I have removed it from the plate, the desire for it is fading away. I still get cravings, but if I can work through it with an alternative, it will go away and I can do the happy dance. LOL

It is a journey for sure. We are all on it together to help each other along the way.

Gene gives
Gene gives 2015-02-09 17:55:54 -0600 Report

yes the low carb diet dose work and has been good to me I have had my stomach down sized so I can't eat that much anyway

RebDee 2015-02-10 11:45:22 -0600 Report

lap band, sleeve or RuenY? I had a bariatric sleeve in August 2014 and am now down 50 lbs.

Pegsy 2015-02-09 17:11:15 -0600 Report

I don't feel well if I go too low carb for too long. My body seems to need a minimal amount of carbs in order to function well. Too low carb affects my sleep and ability to think and remember details. But that's just me. Others seem to thrive on this sort of diet. I am lower carb than most but consume more carbs than some.

GabbyPA 2015-02-10 08:28:22 -0600 Report

Those are listed as some of the cons in the article. One thing I do to help with my mind is coconut oil. I cook with it, use it wherever I can. I have not gotten to where I consume a table spoon of it in the mornings, but there are many people who do who say it helps them immensely in the brain function area.

On the carbs though, finding what works for you is the most important thing. You don't have to be like anyone but you. There are so many who can consume the ADA recommendations, and some who can't. The best thing is to know yourself and that is where you will do best.

Kats49 2015-02-10 17:01:32 -0600 Report

I use coconut oil for making pancakes for the grand children. I'll have three dollar size..i also have been making buckwheat for years. I use a fractionated coconut oil on my face as a face cream and a light layer under my makeup. in the winter when we all seem to turn into rhinos, I use food grade oil for a moisturizer and it works wonders on hair . If the grandchildren have dandruff we spread in on put a shower cap on them, then they can either sleep with it on all night or after four hours get in the shower wash off and shampoo as causal. For me it works to add luster to my silver hair in the winter…now I take biotin 5000mcg for my hair skin and nails two caps daily.

Pegsy 2015-02-10 12:33:04 -0600 Report

I wish I could use coconut oil more than I do. My husband does not like it at all so I only use it when making something just for me, which isn't often.

GabbyPA 2015-02-10 13:29:08 -0600 Report

Can he tell if you cook in it? If you get the refined oil, there is no coconut flavor in it at all. I like the flavor, so I get the one with flakes in it, but there are some options. I sneak things in on my family all the time.

Pegsy 2015-02-10 15:38:29 -0600 Report

Yes, he can taste it. I have not looked for it refined. I really like the flavor but he doesn't. I buy organic, cold pressed, unrefined.

Michael_1960 2015-02-09 20:14:30 -0600 Report

I always hear that you got to have a certain amount of carbs in order to function right, it's not good to deprive your body of carbs altogether.

suecsdy 2015-02-09 16:53:12 -0600 Report

I appreciate that you folks admit to not always liking the diet. Sometimes it feels like everyone is so gung-ho about it that it is discouraging to me. If I were to see a more positive weight loss, it might help me feel a little better about it but being on isulin 24/7 seems to counter whatever good my diet does. Yes the blood sugar is under control now and I get annoyed with readings over 100, even though I know that is very good. I'm doing the right stuff but my body doesn't appreciate it!

RebDee 2015-02-09 16:49:15 -0600 Report

I agree. I am also a pro-low-carb eater. What is the answer to your dawn phenomenon issues?

GabbyPA 2015-02-10 08:31:25 -0600 Report

I accidentally found that eating a frozen banana dipped in dark chocolate and rolled in peanuts keeps me from rising 100 points overnight. I am still working on that to see if it's just a fluke, but maybe finally, after all these years, I have found something that helps me. If it does, I will post the recipe to make them in our recipe section.

suecsdy 2015-02-10 09:32:38 -0600 Report

I seem to get the best readings with a little bit of dark chocolate an my handful of nuts at bedtime. I love bananas have to steer clear of them mostly because they are high in potassium. Can only have a half at a time, then the other half sits there staring at me, begging to be eaten. Might indulge in a few to put in a smoothie though.

GabbyPA 2015-02-10 13:31:39 -0600 Report

I gave up on bananas all together for a long time. I like them but was not worth it to have half a banana sitting around nor the spike. But this is 1/2 of a banana and they are frozen, so they don't go to waste. And hubby likes them rolled in coconut. So it's a nice treat....I hope it's not a fluke. I don't eat them every night, but if I have enough carbs left open in my day, I try to have one before bed.

Kats49 2015-02-09 12:28:18 -0600 Report

I have been on a plant based low carb diet since 2006. I had to learn the hard way when I first started NOT to eliminate All the fat…we all need some form of fat. I sometimes put a raw egg into my smoothies or add a bit of extra olive oil to my hot dish no matter what that might be. I occasionally eat fish…love the expensive kind…lol…salmon, coho , scallops…large prawns less of those as I get older. I don't find an lack of energy in fact often it is the OPPOSITE. The only cons are getting the sweet addictions out of my world. I love good quality dark chocolate. In moderation of course but certain times of the year my common sense disappears for about three hours…I sugars regulate…everything is a win win for me. My issues aren't with my eating it is with my breathing. My asthma will kill me before my diabetes

RebDee 2015-02-09 16:53:26 -0600 Report

I try to have a fish meal at least twice a week. Mostly chicken or turkey in any and all forms. I am still not eating red meat although I crave a beef rib or a decent hamburger with the works on occasion. I am allergic to acacia trees, which abound where I live so my breathing is somewhat labored although the doctor does not say that I have asthma. I will continue on my no white diet as long as I am losing weight and feel good.

joseph.hitt3 2015-02-09 12:18:14 -0600 Report

I'm glad I have found this group. I'm still adjusting to finding out that I am T2 only 3 weeks ago. At the time of diagnosis my levels from the A1c were 530+ @ 13.3.
I'm feeling lucky to be told by the Dr my carb limit is 300 per day.

Kats49 2015-02-10 17:05:05 -0600 Report

"You will learn so much from this group we seem to have
MOSTLY we all positive attitudes and are pretty honest with each other." We are human after all so we each have our foibles. I think you misunderstood your Doc…most of us are told to eat 30 carbs for the ENTIRE day. which works out to 10 carbs per meal…tough to do when brand new. You need to be sent to a Dietician run diabetes class very for newbies. I actually re take a class every 5 years..not too old to learn new things. If you stick mostly with proteins and equal amount of vegetable and fruits those foods will balance out your sugars and keep your carb intake under 30. I stopped all white bread, flour, rice, potatoes, sugar…I still use honey, molasses only in moderation. That was my biggest issue.New studies have verified that we all need to eat equal amounts of fruit and vegetables… Keep a bit of fat in your diet, I am a vegetarian so I had to learn to add fat back…I add a raw egg to my morning smoothie..for lunch depending on the weather I either saute with olive oil not butter my greens and another protein source. So I get my fats back into my system with out adding calories Joseph hang in there we are here for you…get to know each and everyone us WELCOME

RosalieM 2015-02-09 12:57:20 -0600 Report

300 grams of carbs per day is way way too much. If that is what your doctor told you, he is wrong. A simple way for you to get your blood sugar down is to eat only fat, protein (meat, eggs, cheese, butter etc.) vegetables and fruit. Do not cut out fat as it does not raise blood sugar and keeps you full. Do not eat bread or anything made from flour, potatoes and rice or sugar, honey and syrup. See where your blood sugar goes.
You don't need to count carbs or calories on this plan.

MarkS 2015-02-10 10:27:36 -0600 Report

RosalieM, I disagree with your comment and believe that you have some misinformation. First, vegetables and fruits are carbohydrates. A normal adult consumes about 2,000 calories per day; if half of your calories is from carbohydrates (which is a well-balanced meal, unlike your "don't eat carbs") then than means you are consuming about 250 grams of carbs per day, which is not far from 300 carbs per day. And while fat by itself will not increase your blood sugar (though it does slow down the rate of carbohydrate metabolism into the cells) it will increase your weight.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-02-13 12:52:02 -0600 Report

With all due respect..I eat a total of about 30-35 net carbs A DAY…not a meal…and the weight is falling off of me…I eat eggs almost everyday…meat..especially fatty meat (yum)..leafy greens, berries, nuts, fats like butter, coconut oil, and olive oil..carefully measured servings of non starchy veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and green beans…oh and MUSHROOMS!!!…Love an omelet with full fat cheddar and mushrooms…and mushrooms on my burgers and steaks…yeah I like mushrooms…I use full fat cream in my coffee and to make several desserts and I behold the power of cheese on a daily basis…investigate for yourself…the information you have is completely wrong..and will lead to more medications and more complications…

RosalieM 2015-02-10 13:03:41 -0600 Report

Hi Mark S,
Where did you get your information that a balanced diet is 50% carbohydrates?
Fruits and vegetables are carbohydrate, but they don't raise blood sugar anywhere near what rice, bread (flour products), and potatoes do.
You can have a very balanced diet from eating only protein from meat, eggs, dairy, dry beans vegetables
and fruit. Fat does not cause weight gain, excess carbohydrates are the culprits.

Paige9smom 2016-04-14 20:54:26 -0500 Report

The dietitians I saw Tue said 55% carbs. Yes I know I need carbs but I feel that's too many. I am limiting my carbs, between diabetes high blood pressure and cholesterol. I am going to go low carb

GabbyPA 2016-04-15 11:11:07 -0500 Report

Yes, now that I have learned that...I keep my carbs at about 5%-10% of my daily intake. At first it was hard, but now its not too bad at all.

MarkS 2015-02-11 14:37:52 -0600 Report

The actual correct number is 45 to 65% of calories consumed should be from carbohydrates (i.e., recommendations from groups such as the American Heart Association, the National Cholesterol Education Program, and the American Cancer Society). And fat does cause weight gain - it contains 9 calories per gram compared to protein and carbohydrates which contain 4 calories per gram. The reason that a high fat/protein diet works is because you are sending your body into ketoacidosis since your body is burning fat and protein for fuel rather than the majority of energy from carbohydrates.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-02-18 23:02:53 -0600 Report

Ummm ..NO there is a world of difference between Ketoacidosis and nutritional ketosis…funny my Endo seems to understand this…and is all on board with my diet…oh and BTW besides dropping weight like crazy..my cholesterol has dramatically improved and my liver function is back to normal…wink wink

RebDee 2015-02-10 11:52:23 -0600 Report

MarkS: I disagree with you. I have been on a 1000 calorie diet since August 2014 and have been healthy and losing weight and my BS is in the normal range. I am NOT on anything white: noodles, potatoes, rice, salt, sugar, flour. My carbs come from vegetables and fruits. My protein comes from yogurt, fish, chicken and turkey but no red meat.

MarkS 2015-02-10 12:06:27 -0600 Report

Hi RebDee, Not sure what you disagree with; all I said that 250 is not an unusual amount of carbohydrate intake for an active person (on a normal diet about half of your calories should come from carbohydrates). And, yes, fruits and vegetables are carbohydrates. I was making these comments not on the low carb diet but rather on the post by RosalieM.

RebDee 2015-02-10 12:45:04 -0600 Report

Mark, what I disagreed with was the part about a normal person eats 2000 calories per day. I think that is way too high especially for a diabetic. My doctor told me that I must eat mostly protein, some fat, then veggies and fruit, NO STARCHES.

MarkS 2015-02-10 14:32:12 -0600 Report

Well, the difference then is between Type 1 and Type 2. I apologize because I am a Type 1 and don't have the same level of concern as do you, a Type 2 diabetic. It was an honest misunderstanding.

Kats49 2015-02-10 17:29:11 -0600 Report

I agree with Mark, My husband was a type 1 and his body was starving him. He HAD to work to gain weight. So he is correct..when my hubby was diagnosed he was put on a 2500 calorie diet in the hospital. He was diagnosed with Diabetes AFTER three years of dealing with heart disease, As a young wife I was told to cook for my husband to make him gain weigh BEFORE his open heart surgery. ALL they wanted was an extra 30 pounds before his surgery. lol This was in 1979, didn't have ensure or any other gain weight products..SO I added four slim fast meal replacements to his normal 6 mini meals a day. He was in 7th heaven..didn't work but he gained 8 pounds in three months. For me as a T2 all I had to do was look at cake and it added a pound except I wasn't a diabetic then I didn't get diagnosed until two years after his death. So all of you are correct EXCEPT different types of diabetics

haoleboy 2015-02-10 11:43:08 -0600 Report

In the context of this topic "Low Carb Lifestyle: Pros and Cons" 300 (even 250) carbs is very high. IMO a Low Carb Diet is one in which carbs make up 20%, or less, of daily calorie consumption (<10% in my case).

That "well-balanced diet" (aka SAD) you referred to is what helped get many type 2's into this situation … that and the belief that fats will make you fat.


MarkS 2015-02-10 12:11:44 -0600 Report

Yes, I am sure that the carbs as stated above (i.e., 250 and 300) are way too much for a low carb diet. But, based on the Dietary Guidelines, a healthy diet includes half of one's calories from carbohydrates.

haoleboy 2015-02-10 15:56:43 -0600 Report

I get that … so you are saying that as a Type 1 it is okay to eat high carb and just bolus to cover?

MarkS 2015-02-11 13:56:51 -0600 Report

I don't consider 250 carbs a day as that high, though that is probably my extreme. I'm probably closer to 200 carbs a day just based on my carb counting, which probably has a +/- 20% accuracy.

joseph.hitt3 2015-02-09 14:02:56 -0600 Report

A key word I have read here the words "being overwhelmed and lost". With that I honestly understand and have been able to cope with it. Not easily but I am. I've lost about 10 pounds since starting the medicine ,exercising, and watching what I eat. I've been someone who eats whatever I wanted and as much as I wanted. Never counted , much less ever read the back of the packaging. So all of this has been my issue so far. Not only that but working 16 hour days for 4 days a week and eating on a schedule in a healthy manner. I finally set alarms on the phone and precook my food. That has helped also. It all must be working due the BSL readings have dropped to between 103-110. Its not perfect but I'm getting there. Being positive has helped me for keeping my head up about my illness. Having others support is also a positive reinforcement for how and what I'm doing. I'm rambling… Bless everyone .

joseph.hitt3 2015-02-10 12:24:16 -0600 Report

I should have to clarify what I have previously said. My Dr. Allows me <300grams of carbs for the day. I'm pretty sure I'm eating less than this per day. I'm 6'1" @223 lbs.and this may have something to do with the allowances. I'm very sure I'm well below these allowances due what I'm eating. With packaging having serving sizes on it, how do I figure or calculate carbs for meats? Or portions for those amounts of carbs? The fresh meats don't have info. And there is not a standard size of for instance chicken breast. Which is what I am eating the most of.

deni46 2015-02-12 17:08:58 -0600 Report

I have been told I should only eat veggies that grow above ground. Eat more meat and fat get rid of anything grain

Kats49 2015-02-10 17:35:12 -0600 Report

I was as confused as you…i have been changing my eating habits each year for about 8 years now. AS for a whole chicken breast half of the ones they sell as singles or if you cut your own a whole breast of a small bird. If you are a person trying to lose weight if you are just eating healthier and the Doc is happy with your numbers then by all means have a whole breast.

joseph.hitt3 2015-02-10 19:05:22 -0600 Report

Thank You. That helps me. Now if I can figure everything else out. I'm very frustrated at the moment. It seems like one tablespoon of something can make such a difference in the bsl. Today I have eaten so little. My testing in the last 4 days has been from 100-110. Tonight it was 134. I'm ready to change my screen name to REALLYFRUSTRATED. ALSO I have gone to having good eyesight before finding out I am diabetic with vision issues. Now having to wear 1.75 reading glasses to drive or see at a distance and 3.00 for reading small print. What is everyone's own knowledge for my eyesight to correct itself or not ?

RebDee 2015-02-10 11:55:18 -0600 Report

When first being told that I had Diabetes, I too was overwhemed and lost. It has taken me a long time to learn, to listen, to try different combinations of foods, until my fingers are raw from sticking them. But now, I am Diabetes savvy and you will too as you learn much from us "experts" who have been Diabetics much longer than you.

Michael_1960 2015-02-09 20:42:45 -0600 Report

Joseph, with a b/s level of a range between 103-110 is outstanding, oh unless you weigh 50 lbs, but anyway my b/s levels always range anywhere from 130- 160 and my A1c's were great like 5.6 which is good, so don't let the 103-110 discourage you in anyway.

joseph.hitt3 2015-02-09 14:11:14 -0600 Report

I got side tracked. I'm eating only meats,veggies,fruits. No breads , flours, or sugars. Really missing my loaf of bread every week and my sweet tea. Lol

Kats49 2015-02-10 17:38:48 -0600 Report

Try Stevia is is a natural sweetener from a plant..helps those missing sweet teas cravings…Substitute white with whole grains, yes yes it is possible, My family has not eaten white in generations. My grand kids came home one day and said their new friends eat so strangely, I ask ?? They said they had bread that was tiny and white and tasted like nothing. SO we are grainy hearty bunch

RosalieM 2015-02-09 14:19:23 -0600 Report

Good job!!! I own a small bakery, I can't eat my own bread, but I don't miss it any more. The missing the bread will go away for you too.
Sweeten you tea with Splenda and you can have the tea. You deserve it.