Carb Counting 101: Your 4-Step Gameplan
Step 2: Gather your tools
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Meal plan. If you can, work out a meal plan with a dietitian or nutritionist. Each person is unique and will need a different amount of daily carbs based on activity level, size, and nutrition goals. A plan will give you guidance on when to eat your carbs. You can also use online tools to calculate how many carbs you should be eating. You don’t have to have a meal plan to count carbs, but sticking to a plan will you control your blood sugar and make informed meal choices.
- Carb-Counting Companion. Packaged foods will have a nutrition label which will make calculating simple, but not everything you eat has a label, so you’ll need either a food counts book, a chart, an online tool (you can also ask Google), or a specialized app that can tell you how many carbs are in unlabeled foods.
- Food scale and measuring cups. It doesn’t help you to know that there are 49 carbohydrates in 100 grams of bread unless you know how many grams of bread you are actually eating. It might seem arduous to measure all your food, but you’ll get the hang of it, and you may even get to where you can estimate fairly accurately.
- Calculator. This is just in case math is not really your thing!