Carb Counting 101: Your 4-Step Gameplan
Everyone seems to have an opinion on carbs. Runners love them. Dieters hate them. The ketogenic crowd thinks they should be eliminated from the earth.
But if you have diabetes, you can’t afford to eat your carbs based on the latest trends. Your blood sugar is relying on you to do a little more planning, and carb counting is a straightforward system that can help you hit your goals. People with type 1 have been using carb counting to plan meals and bolus amounts for a long time, but people with type 2 (and really, anyone) can take advantage of carb counting to get a better handle of how many carbs they are actually eating versus what their goals are.
Carb counting becomes easier over time, so get out your notebook, and get ready for our 4-step carb class!
Step 1: Why You Should Consider Carb Counting
There are lots of things that affect blood sugar, protein and fat included, but carbs are what will be converted to glucose and will have the biggest effect on your blood sugar. Having a plan for your carbohydrate consumption can help you manage your blood sugar (and your weight), and knowing how to count carbs means you’ll have the flexibility in planning your meals and snacks.
If you use insulin, then you’ll want to be able to count carbs so you can plan your bolus around your meal rather than the other way around.