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Weight Control For Diabetics
Calorie and Diet Advice for Diabetes Patients
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Eating Advice & Energy Intake Needs for Diabetes Patients

Weight Control For Diabetics

How Much to Eat Each Day?

1) 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 milk and yogurt
3 vegetables
2 meat or meat substitute
2 fruit
up to 3 fats

Talk with your diabetes teacher to make a diet plan that fits the way you usually eat, your daily routine, and your diabetes medicines.

Then make your own diet plan.

2) 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 milk and yogurt
4 vegetables
2 meat or meat substitute
3 fruit
up to 4 fats

Talk with your diabetes teacher to make a diet plan that fits the way you usually eat, your daily routine, and your diabetes medicines. Then make your own diet plan.

3) 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 milk and yogurt
4 vegetables
2 meat or meat substitute
3 fruit
up to 5 fats

Talk with your diabetes teacher to make a diet plan that fits the way you usually eat, your daily routine, and your diabetes medicines. Then make your own diet plan.

Sources include: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). NIH Publication No. 02-5043


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