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Saturday, August 14, 2021

How Many Grams of Carbs Per Day Should I Eat?

How many carbs? What are the limits?

Now that the diabetes world has begun to wake up to the fact that type 2 diabetes is a condition of flawed carbohydrate tolerance I see this question repeatedly on forums and reddit. The time has come to make a brief but clear statement on that subject. 

It is per meal which matters, not per day. Your blood glucose rises and falls after every meal or snack containing carbohydrates. Your blood glucose is not stored up for one big spike at the end of the day. 

My meter used at my peak after eating guided me to these personal per meal limits:

  • Breakfast: <10gms carb
  • Lunch: <15gms carb
  • Dinner: 40gms+ carb
  • Snacks: the same as the previous meal but not more than 15gm.

But those are just my personal limits. Every type 2 has slightly different levels of insulin resistance, first phase insulin response, levels of fitness, other health problems, signalling flaws for glycogen release, dietary limitations, the list goes on. Therefore your limits will be different to mine. 

Discover them using this technique at your peak timing after meals: Test, Review, Adjust

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