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How Much Should I Eat?

As stated, in a diabetic diet, the number of servings needed every day is not the same for everyone. The following presents some diabetic diet guidelines with regards to calories and number of servings based on your gender, body type, and fitness goals.
 
Have about 1,200 to 1,600 calories a day if you are:
 
  • A small woman who exercises
  • A small or medium woman who wants to lose weight
  • A medium woman who does not exercise much.
     
Choose this many servings from these food groups to have 1,200 to 1,600 calories a day:
6 starches
2  servings of milk or yogurt
3 vegetables
2 meat or meat substitutes
2 fruits
Up to 3 fats
 
Have about 1,600 to 2,000 calories a day if you are:
 
  • A large woman who wants to lose weight
  • A small man at a healthy weight
  • A medium man who does not exercise much
  • A medium to large man who wants to lose weight.
     

Choose this many servings from these food groups to have 1,600 to 2,000 calories a day:
8 starches
2 servings of milk or yogurt
4 vegetables
2 meat or meat substitutes
3 fruits
Up to 4 fats
 

Have about 2,000 to 2,400 calories a day if you are:
 
  • A medium to large man who does a lot of exercise or has a physically active job
  • A large man at a healthy weight
  • A large woman who exercises a lot or has a physically active job.
     
Choose this many servings from these food groups to have 2,000 to 2,400 calories a day:
11 starches
2 servings of milk or yogurt
4 vegetables
2 meat or meat substitutes
3 fruits
Up to 5 fats
 
For whatever category you fit into, ask your healthcare provider or dietician to create a diabetic diet meal plan that fits:
 
  • The way you usually eat
  • Your daily routine
  • Your diabetes medicines.
     
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