Why are diabetics interested in counting carbohydrates?

Carb CountingA carbohydrate counting plan gives you a an effective way of understanding what you consume, and how it can affect you. If you are serious about counting your carbohydrates as part of a meal planner it takes a little time and effort to both learn and get used to. As a very basic rule, looking at your foods in three groups i.e. 1. Carbohydrates 2. Proteins 3. Fats will help you to define how much of each group you should be consuming in order to maintain a moderately stable blood sugar level. Essentially, too much of one food group or too little of another can cause peaks or troughs in levels. Maintaining the right amount of consumption of each food group throughout the day regularises the amount of carbohydrate introduced into the body, and therefore sugars in the blood stream.

The best way to introduce yourself to this type of diet is by both partnering up with someone who is experienced in a carbohydrate counting system. From the outset your dietician will help you to understand how to create an effective carbohydrate system, particularly how to work out how many carbs are in certain foods. Learning from your dietician about how to read nutrition and ingredient labeling on food packs about the amount of carbohydrates per serving or pack will also be very important.

Once you have mastered how to count carbohydrates, you can then start enjoying the benefits it can give you. As long as you know you carbohydrate intake, and you stick to the recommended intake, then you do not have to rule any particular food group. You can still, on occasion, enjoy snacky, fatty, sugary foods so long as you stick to the carbohydrate limit, but obviously eating more wholesome foods gives you the essential balanced diet your body needs, whilst providing for a higher fibre intake, helping you to feel fuller for longer.

The most important point to carbohydrate counting is that it provides for a consistent intake of carbs from morning to evening, and therefore a more balanced blood sugar level during the day. Avoiding the sugar peaks that can be common to diabetics allows you body to process sugar more regularly without having to take the ‘sugar hits’. This enables your body to control your insulin demands as your general carbohydrate levels should remain generaly stable.

In summary, carbohydrate counting for diabetics in order to regularise your blood glucose levels can be an extremely effective system. But learning how to count carbs, and then sticking to the plan is the key to success. Counting incorrectly, or ‘falling off the carb counting wagon’ could actually have a negative impact on your diabetes and cause further health issues.

If you are interested in carbohydrate counting remember these four rules;

1. Seek professional advice from a dietitian or physician, and find an experienced partner/coach if you can.

2. Learn how to count carbohydrates properly, and do not start until you are confident you can follow the system.

3. Make carbohydrate counting as fun as possible, as long as you are within your limits vary your meals as much as possible and look for new recipes to enjoy.

4. Stick to the system, as miscounting or ‘being naughty’ could be detrimental to your health if you are a diabetic.


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