By Meganshene Latest Reply 2011-02-22 07:06:40 -0600
Started 2011-02-18 11:20:56 -0600

How many carbs should you have in one day?

39 replies

PetiePal 2011-02-21 13:39:19 -0600 Report

You can't go carb free. Remember Atkins? That was no carbs all's unhealthy. Your body DOES need carbs to survive.

It's all very specific too..your dietician or endocrinologist/diabetic doctor should plan out what's appropriate. I ended up with 15-19g for snacks, and about 45-52g for meals. Has worked well for me so far.

HisTxLady 2011-02-21 11:26:58 -0600 Report

Ok this is another reason I think I need a new gp Dr. Cause when I was diagnosed I was told I could not have ANY carbs and my hubby disagreed big time. His theory is you can not go carb free. It is absolutely impossible to eat 0 carbs. He says your body has to have some carbs or it won't function right. He says thats what was wrong with the Atkin's diet I think it was because it was a NO CARB diet. I know I try my best to stay as low as possible. But I do agree it is different for each person. I was using to keep up with my calories and carbs and sugars and everything but our lives have been very hectic and I have not had time to sit and enter everything and if I find the time I can't remember what I ate. I keep telling myself I need to get back on it but just never happens. I know I have gained some since I have stopped using it and I have not been doing my sugars to keep up with due to stress, one of those don't look it will be just fine, but I am cutting back. When I was losing I was using it and I was eating from 600 to 1300 cals a day and staying very low on carbs, ya I need to go back to it I guess. I wish you the best of luck and if I ever find that so called point blank do this or this if you are Diabetic I will share lol.

Good Luck
God Bless, :o)

Meganshene 2011-02-22 07:06:02 -0600 Report

Thank you for the information. I have been losing about 2 lbs every week now. I have cut out the breads,pasta and potatoes. I need a good dr also. I will look into that site. I do not write down either what I eat. I know I should be though.

tabby9146 2011-02-19 21:26:56 -0600 Report

If I remember correctly, in class they told us about 60 carbs per meal, so 180 and then two snacks a day of about 15 each. I don't stick to that all the time, and I do fine. But, I do watch them. Sometimes I count more than other days I eat almost anything I want in moderation. Many times I don't eat things I want, I wait for special occasions to have the most sinful desserts. lol. I'm like the person who said they can't have bananas, they spike mine up high too, so I eat a few slices with something with fiber in it, and give the rest of the banana to my daughter. Good thing to remember, is balance fruit with fiber and protein when you eat it. Don't eat too much of it.

Kirla 2011-02-18 18:05:08 -0600 Report

When I was diagnosed I ate very few carbs. Probley no more than 30-40 net carbs per day. The last time I checked I was eating around 70-80 net carbs per day. My A1C went from 14.1 to 5.9 in about 4 months. It took about 6 weeks for my blood sugar numbers to come down close to normal numbers. My first fasting blood sugar taken at the doctor’s office was 366. Today they’re all normal. I have been controlling my numbers for over a year and a half now. I found controlling blood sugar easy to do. I quit the meds after 7 weeks. Haven’t had to take any since April 2009. Was diagnosed Feb. 2009.

tabby9146 2011-02-19 21:28:52 -0600 Report

That's great! I was on Metformin at first, over 2 yrs. ago and lost all the weight, or most of it after 3 months, got off pills. Been controlling by diet and exercise since, so that has been almost 2 years now.I think my highest fasting BS number on the Glucose Tolerance Test 27 months ago, was about 270 something.

oldbuttercup 2011-02-18 14:58:40 -0600 Report

My dietician said 30 - 45 per meal for women, and 45 - 60 per meal for men. Most packages lsit the carb amount per serving. I have found that Smart Pasta does not raise my numbers as much. It has twice the fiber and still tastes great.

kdroberts 2011-02-19 09:06:01 -0600 Report

My dietician said the same thing. My blood sugar readings showed she was way off. Everyone is different, there is no magic number that works for everyone. The hard part is figuring out what your own number is and usually it is different for each meal.

MewElla 2011-02-18 13:57:21 -0600 Report

It almost gets to the point that your body will give out big signals about the types of food (carbs in particular)…and your testing numbers verified it for you. Stick to your point and do not let others sway you…just be strong and you already showing that you are. Good for you.

Meganshene 2011-02-18 11:59:00 -0600 Report

See my sister is a dietic and she believes taht everyone should be able to have alittle pasta and breads by looking at the carbs and sugers. I find that even if the carbs are low my sugers raise. My mother in law also thinks that I should be able to eat alittle rice and my levels once again raise. I am learning what my body will accept and what it will not accept. Why can't they understand that?

jayabee52 2011-02-18 21:15:23 -0600 Report

becaues they don't live with 24/7 with the disease, Megan.

I not tried it myself, but some here recommend dreamfields pasta which have 5 net carbs per serving.

Yes you can eat rice, but it has to be strictly portion controlled. You could suggest brown or wild rice instead of white.

Personally, I prefer to save my carbs for something I want to splurge on.

Hops 2011-02-19 08:50:03 -0600 Report

My endo gave me a quick way to measure cooked rice. Never eat more than
is the equivalent size of your tightened fist. Rice goes through your metabolism fast as a rocket. That will provide 60 grams of carbs. Be sure to drink a cup of milk and a few ounces of protein with rice to prevent hypoglycemia.

kdroberts 2011-02-19 09:01:47 -0600 Report

60g of carb from rice added to the carbs from milk is a lot. All that would definitely help you avoid hypoglycemia but for most people it would cause hyperglycemia or require a lot of insulin to cover the carbs. I know people who eat less carb per day, some half as much!

Hops 2011-02-19 09:59:52 -0600 Report

Yes, I agree that the amount of carbs per serving and per day are up to each individual and their diabetes medication and their diet and exercise routines. My goal was to provide a quick, simple measure of carbs in cooked white rice.

apeape 2011-02-18 11:44:40 -0600 Report

maybe try higher fiber pasta & bread, like whole wheat. the whole wheat pasta has a little bit different texture, it's chewier, but i like it. increasing your fiber intake can really help regulate your blood sugars, it helped me a lot. also, a trick i learned from my mom- with pasta, the part you really like is the sauce, right? try putting it on vegetables instead. spaghetti squash is awesome with marinara sauce!!

Meganshene 2011-02-18 11:27:51 -0600 Report

Thank you. I know my numbers are out of control. My family thinks that I should still be able to eat a little pasta and breads. I keep saying no because it is making my levels worse.

tabby9146 2011-02-19 21:32:54 -0600 Report

my in law's don't understand either. people who don't have it, think we are just fine, and if we are controlling by diet and exercise, they do not take it seriously, at least my family does not. My mother does and my husband used to, at first, but been doing so well he is no support to me whatsoever. It really gets to me. He thinks I am going to be like this forever.

tabby9146 2011-02-19 21:32:52 -0600 Report

my in law's don't understand either. people who don't have it, think we are just fine, and if we are controlling by diet and exercise, they do not take it seriously, at least my family does not. My mother does and my husband used to, at first, but been doing so well he is no support to me whatsoever. It really gets to me. He thinks I am going to be like this forever.

Meganshene 2011-02-19 21:51:48 -0600 Report

My husband supports me 100%. He tells my family and his mother that I am not able to eat rice,potatoes,pasta and now bananas. He is worried about me. He likes to know my numbers. My stepdaughter also worries about me. she is only 6 and watches everything that i eat.

kdroberts 2011-02-18 11:46:47 -0600 Report

In that case, you are right and your family is wrong. Next time they say something like that ask them if they would recommend giving an alcoholic a little bit of vodka. It's a similar principle.

tabby9146 2011-02-19 21:34:17 -0600 Report

I clikced Like on my own post and meant to do it here!! ugh! anyway, I love your response, that's a good one. I need to remember that.

kdroberts 2011-02-18 11:24:57 -0600 Report

Depends on the person but think of it as carbs per time you eat rather than per day. Some people can have a lot and keep their blood sugars under control, some can only eat 30g or so a day and still have a little trouble keeping blood sugar good. You need to use your meter to test your blood sugar before and after eating. If the rise is large then that was too much carb, if it was not large then it was a good amount.

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