How much is too many???

By Monalisa Latest Reply 2010-01-08 21:08:13 -0600
Started 2010-01-08 15:36:57 -0600

How much carbs can one eat throughout the day to maintain good BGL? I really need to know about how much per meal. Thanks…LISA

18 replies

donna13 2010-01-08 19:00:38 -0600 Report

When I was 1st dx the dietician wanted me to eat 15g for breakfast, 30g each for lunch and dinner, and two 15g snacks. I really tried to stick to this and still was put on metaform after a couple of years. Last winter I was in the hospital for 4 days with pneumonia. The food service there let me have 45 g for each meal. Any snacks I wanted was taken out of that. My bs stayed under control (and I was not getting any exercise). So I went from 105g to 135 g per day and stayed under control. So I have lightened up a little and so far, so good. I'm sure it depends on the individual and the amount of exercise you get. I still try to stick w/the original diet, but I don't sweat it.

thiruvelan 2010-01-08 18:57:29 -0600 Report

Carb need is depend on the body weight, other conditions, amount of physical activity, amount of mental activity (mental activity too need some extra carb) and how your body absorbs the carb? It is a trial and error method to reach your actual need.

Susie624 2010-01-08 17:19:40 -0600 Report

I tried the no carb route about six yeare ago lasted three days and was staying at the hospital with my husband after he had knee surgery need less to say I found out I am one of those that has to have some carbs in their diet.Mine varies from day to day and meal to meal but I try keeping mine between 60-100 a day.

paulbudman 2010-01-08 17:13:37 -0600 Report

I need to have 60-75g for meals(3) and 15-30g for snacks(2), and I still lose close to 5lbs a month.

AddassaMari 2010-01-08 18:28:26 -0600 Report

My dietitian put me on 45 g per meal x3 and 30 g for snack, with the proviso that I get at least 20 minutes of moderate exercise per day.That's a lot of food, but I have my 11 daily servings carbs by eating a lot of raw or steamed vegetables.

AddassaMari 2010-01-08 20:06:26 -0600 Report

I shave my meal carbs, add it to my snack budget and have two snacks of about 20 g carbs each. I can pack a lot into 20 g of carbs.

SkipT 2010-01-08 17:13:05 -0600 Report

I am at the extreme end of the group. I only eat 6 grams at breakfast, and 12 at lunch and dinner. Of course I have been able to stop taking all meds and maintain control through diet and exercise. Also, I lost over 70 lbs in the process and have kept it off for over two and a half years.

Harlen 2010-01-08 17:02:26 -0600 Report

We are all difrent and we dont know what your on or how much?
I am only taking in 60 gm carbs a day
Best wishes

London 2010-01-08 16:46:41 -0600 Report

My dietician told me 35grams for breakfast 35 for lunch and 60 for dinner. Everyone is different but I have lost 34 pounds using this guideline. Good luck and take care-Alisha

London 2010-01-08 21:08:13 -0600 Report

As u can see everyone is different. You will get your carbs right, it might take time and trial and error but you will get it.

salmanda 2010-01-08 16:08:39 -0600 Report

I was told 30g for women and up to 45g for men per meal. I was told that we need carbs for brain function. That said, I think everyone needs to check with their own doctor, and try amounts and test, test, test. Keeping a food diary might help you determine what your body can process without driving up your BG.
Good luck,
Sal :)

AddassaMari 2010-01-08 18:31:14 -0600 Report

That is so true, we need carbs for brain food.

SkipT 2010-01-08 20:30:05 -0600 Report

Actually you don't need carbs. Your body will turn protein into glucose for you brain. The term is called neoglucogenesis.

AddassaMari 2010-01-08 20:43:08 -0600 Report

That is true SkipT. The body breaks carbohydrates into glucose, which it uses to fuel brain activity. Proteins break down into glycogen, which can also be used for fuel by the brain, but not as efficiently as glucose. So we have choices.

spiritwalker 2010-01-08 15:48:07 -0600 Report

This is a question only your Dr. and diabetes team can answer.
It depends if you are type1 or 2. Weight is a factor. They
must also consider medications being taken. If you have
other medical conditions. Good luck.

kdroberts 2010-01-08 15:47:40 -0600 Report

It's individual, you will have to use your glucose meter to see how many will work for you at each meal.

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