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October 31, 2014
Are You Staying within Your Calorie Budget?
I know some people with type 2 diabetes
are, but many are not because they are totally immersed in counting
carbohydrates and they ignore calories. How many calories have you
eaten today, how many should you eat? Many can guess how many
calories do you need? The 2000-calorie-a-day standard is just a
ballpark figure, used by FDA to calculate daily values on food
labels. The following table will give you more of a range. The
weakness of the table is no information is listed for active adults
and for children and adolescents.
These age ranges are for people in good
health and not for people with chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes.
In addition, I would question the age ranges above 51, as there
could be other ranges that need clarification for people over 70.
Since I am not an expert in counting calories, my guess would be that
for people with type 2 diabetes should probably be less that the
Again, get out the blood glucose meter
and use this before and after consuming a meal. This will also tell
you if you are eating too many calories. People that are very active
can probably consume more calories. There are calorie calculators
like this at the Mayo Clinic website. Just be aware that all calorie
calculators are based on a one-size-fits-all basis.
Just like carb counting, there are
variables to consider. Metabolism is a big variable – do you have
an unusually slow or fast burning metabolism. Fortunately, a doctor
can give you a breath test to check that. This knowledge will help
the doctor and you set an individualized calorie goal.
A majority of adults need or want to
lose weight. For this, there is a one-size-fits-all calorie formula.
This will work for some people, but many will not have success. If
you change your level of exercise, you may lose more weight and
faster than anticipated.
For people with type 2 diabetes, stick
with the carbohydrate count and start learning the calorie count.
This is because some foods are higher in calories than the
carbohydrate count and a few foods are higher in carbohydrate count
than calorie count.