Women's Nutrition Guide -How Many Calories do I Need?
Jill - go to this site, it will help you figure out what you need to maintain your weight or even to lose. I used this, and also figured out from another book and it tends to work out ok. When figuring your carbs if there is fiber, this is subtracted from your alloted carbs since a fiber will cancel out a carb as my doc says, tho I don't bother if it only has one or 2 fibers since I dont' think that amounts to much difference. (they say 50% of the calories should be carbs, and a carb is equal to 4 calories - so I can have 1553.5 calories for my goal weight of 115) - 1/2 is 776.75 divided by 4 give me 194 carbs (I round down) which is 48.5 carbs a meal and 24 carbs for 2 daily snacks) (when I went on metformin, the fast acting I lost 30 + lbs in less than 2 months and want to bring it back to 115 lbs)
I took my total carbs allowed per day and divided into 4, this gives me my 3 meals, and 2 snacks (take the 1/4 into half) Now that I am on the right meds I am able to maintain my weight, and keep my blood sugars in better control, unless of course I eat something that is not good for me - such as white flour items, corn
hope this helps you, it took me a while to figure out. Some people do better on lower carbs than needed, some do fine, it just depends on the person...They say a body needs at least 130 carbs a day to survive efficiently....it is all a matter of experiment. And I do not have the same amount of carbs for breakfast as I do for dinner since I spike more so in the morning if I do attempt this...