How many grams of carbohydrates should I eat daily?
This is an excellent question and a common one. The answer is that it depends on your age, your activity level, your weight loss goals and your normal eating patterns. There is no one set amount that’s right for everyone. If you have type 1 diabetes and you count your carbohydrates and take your insulin according to your carb intake, your carb amount can vary quite a bit from one meal to the next. If you have type 2 diabetes and are struggling with your weight, then limiting portion sizes, particularly of the carbs, will be very important for you. As a starting goal for type 2 diabetes, we usually tell women who are overweight to start with 30 to 45 grams of carb at breakfast and lunch and 45 grams of carb at supper. For men we start at 45 to 60 grams of carb at breakfast and lunch and 60 to 75 grams of carb at supper. These are just estimates to get you started -- it is very important to see a dietitian to determine what will work for you. The more you can individualize your meal plan, the more successful you will be at sticking with it.