Counting Calories and Carbs

By petals Latest Reply 2010-08-17 15:01:34 -0500
Started 2010-08-10 22:02:38 -0500

As you all know I am trying to stay on the wagon and take care of myself. Should I count both calories and the carbs, or just the carbs? Which one is more important? Are they equal? I am confused on this matter. So please help!! Thanks.

14 replies

Sharrina 2010-08-16 19:09:59 -0500 Report

Greeting, I will say both is very important. Just remember to keep fat intake between 20 to 35 percent of calories by reading the labels; also with carbohydrates choose fiber rich fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Try to choose and prepare foods and beverages with little added sugars. I hope this helps have a bless day!

GabbyPA 2010-08-11 21:08:02 -0500 Report

It kind of depends on your goals. If you really do want to loose weight as well as lower your levels, you might benefit from counting both. I did only carbs when I first started and then slowly added in the other thing one at a time to watch. It is an eye opening thing to see how fast the calories add up. Once I went to a dietitian, and got a goal for my calories, I started counting them too. It does make you choose more carefully.

petals 2010-08-12 07:59:21 -0500 Report

I have decided to count both, I really am determined to lose this weight and to take better care of myself. Thank you Gabby for the help.

RAYT721 2010-08-11 19:16:41 -0500 Report

Here's the thing… you can watch both. Carbs have calories so by cutting carbs you are cutting your calories. Your calories are important for weight loss, gain or maintenance while your carbs are related to your blood glucose levels. Use portion control, common sense, and reading the ingredients on food labels and recipes and you'll find that happy balance of what works for your body and menu planning.

petals 2010-08-11 19:23:59 -0500 Report

Thank you Ray for the advice, I think that sometimes I make it harder then it really is, and my common sense has a very short attention span!!!

Kaiyle 2010-08-11 06:47:09 -0500 Report

Yes, carbs is it for me too!!! Perhaps this little piece of information will help you

You can use this formula to figure out your carbs. Let's say you are in a 1,500 calorie diet. You calculate 50% of 1,500 = 750. Then you divide 750 by 4 (the number of calories in each carb) = 187.50. You can split it as follows:
If you have 3 meals and 3 snacks you can have 40 carbs in each of the three main meals and 20 carbs in each snack.
Make sure your carbs are whole such as whole bread, whole pasta, brown rice, etc.
But, as some people advised you here, be alert at your reaction when you eat certain carbs and to the amount you eat.
Emilia Klapp,RD, BS

Kaiyle August 8 at 4:33 am report
What I've learned in my diabetic class is that we can have 45-60 grams of carbs per meal and 15-25 grams of carbs per snack. Also 10-15 grams of fat per meal, no more than 35-55 grams of fat per day. You can also subtract from your total carb grams any fiber grams.

Elrond 2010-08-11 03:41:08 -0500 Report

For me, carbs are the most important. I use total carbs to calculate my insulin dose for each meal. Well, I actually tell my pump how many carbs I'm going to eat and it calculates the dose minus any insulin that's still active from a recent dose. That's much more accurate than anything I could do even with my handy-dandy calculator.

petals 2010-08-11 13:51:29 -0500 Report

Hi there, How are you? I am not on insulin, I take oral meds. for the diabetes. Trying to lose some weight and have some energy. Thanks.

bettymachete 2010-08-10 22:50:47 -0500 Report

I look at carbs, proteins and fats. I don't really pay much mind to the calories except I mind the amout of calories from fat which is normally listed right below the calorie number. I try to make sure my fats are good fats and not the bad. A good diet is effortless. By frequently eating the right foods, you'll eliminate hunger and control your calorie intake naturally. I exercise daily and have gotten really used to what I need to eat to push my body harder in my workouts.

Lakeland 2010-08-10 22:17:38 -0500 Report

I do carbs.

However, when I go grocery shopping I check portion sizes & calories, If I don't feel the portion size is worth the calories I don't buy it.

The calories are good for losing weight but the carbs & fiber listed is going to give you information about how that food will spike your blood sugar numbers.

You can do both but in my opinion & I'm only diabetic for 1 year, so It's very possible someone iwill disagree wtih me. Calorie is for weight & carbs are for blood sugar reactions.

15 grams of carbs is one carb serving, I'm to try to stay to 3 carb servings, so 45 grams at a meal, however if something is higher fiber 4 or higher I can deduct that number from the carbs. the reason is it takes the body a longer time to break fiber down so your sugar won't spike.

Some diet foods have no calories and I do have to watch because I think some of the sugar substitutes they add fats & some have aftertastes that just don't satisfy my hunger or thirst.

Some will be trial & error.

Best wishes

petals 2010-08-11 13:53:24 -0500 Report

Thank you the advice, I will check the portion sizes and calories when I go to the store this week.

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