Carbs and protein

By petals Latest Reply 2010-06-11 13:19:34 -0500
Started 2010-06-08 00:50:16 -0500

I am confused about carbs. My doctor has me on a 1,500 calorie diet and 300 carbs a day. I rarely eat that many carbs. Today I had 182. I don't take insulin. Amount wise what is not enough and what is to much? On the protein, I always end up having more then I am allowed to have per day. Can you have to much protein and what will it do to you if you have to much, will it make you sick?

12 replies

Emma2412 2010-06-08 16:41:52 -0500 Report

Hi, Petals
Try this for some info on how many carbs, fats and proteins "we" should eat in a day:

It says 30 percent of total calorie intake should be from carbs. So, if you do your math 300 is about right if you're on a 1,500 calorie diet.
I use the Food Journal and Calorie Counter on which has calculated me at about 1,400 calories a day (because I want to lose weight) and it does say that I can have up to 300 carbs a day. Of course, I never go that high but I do have three meals a day and even a snack if I want one.

petals 2010-06-08 18:46:35 -0500 Report

Thanks Emma, I also use the food journal and calorie counter on everyday health, that makes everything so much easier doesn't it. I will check out the other link that you posted here in just a few.

GabbyPA 2010-06-08 09:20:08 -0500 Report

That does seem a little out of wack. The ADA recommends 30-45 carbs per meal and 15 per snack. I find that is still high for me, and try to keep mine as close to 30 as I can. I used to get frustrated with the fat, protein, and carb thing. You want to reduce them all, but you still have to keep a balance. If you are eating too much of one, you will be lacking in another.
Protein is tricky. You want to eat it because it helps keep your numbers low. But too much makes your kidneys work harder and if there is damage in the kidneys, it can cause more issues. So again, balance is needed.

petals 2010-06-08 11:12:18 -0500 Report

Thanks Gabby for the info. I will do better on my protein intake. I didn't know that it would hurt your kidneys, and I do not want that!!

ston3xc 2010-06-08 08:50:14 -0500 Report

Are you sure she didn't mean 30 carbs instead of 300? That's what I shoot for. Per meal.

petals 2010-06-08 11:15:35 -0500 Report

I am sure she said 300 carbs a day, it is on the paper she gave me. While I was in her office I questioned her about it, I thought that was too much. She daid no that was right. I am not going to try to eat that amount in one day. It is just stupid to me.

Thomas508 2010-06-08 07:55:07 -0500 Report

Every person is a little different, let you meter be your guide. My dietician told us in class that men can have 80 carbs per meal and I knew my body couldn't handle that! I told her that if I ate that many carbs per meal I would be in a diabetic coma! She then said, well these numbers are only averages everyone is a little different in how their body processes food. I say everything is good in moderation but once again let your meter be your guide. Test before a meal then 2 hours after if you have a spike you know that you should lay off of what you just ate, if your numbers are good then you know you can handle that food. I was surprised that any kind of bread would cause a huge spike in me but breaded fish or chicken (Captain D's, Zaxby's) did not. Some people bread does not effect the same way it does me, I think it makes all of our numbers go up but for me 2 pieces (sandwich, burger etc…) will result in numbers in the mid 200's every time! I have too much protein most days too but I don't worry about it because I am not gaining weight but remember the word moderation, if I had steak and hamburger patty's every meal I would be very unhealthy and blow up like a balloon! So use common sense and Test, Test, Test!

petals 2010-06-08 11:18:50 -0500 Report

Thanks for the advice Thomas, 300 carbs a day is way to much for me.I don't know why after being a diabetic for 8 years she wants to change things around. I have lost over 50lbs and my A1C level is 5.3, so I must be doing something right!! I will continue with what I have been doing and testing alot.

veggie1962 2010-06-11 09:52:47 -0500 Report

I have lost over 50lbs and my A1C level is 5.3, so I must be doing something right!! I will continue with what I have been doing and testing alot.

I agree with you wholeheartedly. As long as you are doing well with your regimen, I would stick to it. I'm a dietitian and the recommendation makes no sense to me, 300 gm of carbs for a 1500 calorie diet is around 75% carb. 45-55% is typical in diabetic diets. Recently ADA came out and (finally) said that as low as 125 gm of carb a day was OK (they consider that "low carb") for weight loss. did you ask the reason for the new diet? I would be curious to know if you are doing well with what you have been doing.

petals 2010-06-11 13:19:34 -0500 Report

Yes, I did ask why the new diet, my doctor had me 1,800 cals a day and didn't say anything about carbs on that one. I haven't lost any weight in a while ,so she lowered the calories and told me to watch the carbs. Until I got on here and heard everyone talking about the carbs, I didn't know that I should have been counting them in the first place!! I average any where from 120 to 185 is that good? What about protein, how much should I have of that a day? Thank you for your help. My insurerance will not pay for a dietian, that is why my doctor is trying to help me .

SkipT 2010-06-08 06:47:20 -0500 Report

Forget the calories and concentrate on the carbs. 300 carbs is WAY to many. I have excellent success in maintain my BG with diet only by following a strict 6-12-12 program. That is 6 grams of carbs for breakfast, and 12 grams at lunch and dinner.

petals 2010-06-08 11:20:50 -0500 Report

Skip, thanks for the advice and you are right 300 carbs are way to many. I don't know what her problem is. I will continue with what I have always done.

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