how many meals should type 2 diabetic have

How Many Meals Daily Should Type 2 Diabetic Have

How Many Meals Daily Should Type 2 Diabetic Have will always be a question asked by many newly diagnosed,

and for many who is in it for some time now this will always be a subject to discuss and give advice to newly diagnosed. In most cases, their advice can lead to other complications and will never help anybody to better manage their BS levels.

I have seen many times over and over newly diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes ask the question How Many Meals Daily Should Type 2 Diabetic Have? There are many websites and Facebook groups that “allegedly” offer help and support with type 2 diabetes-related questions.

While the question is always the same, there are many different answers and people got scared and confused. I bet you, that most of them have been told by their GP’s and DN’s to eat at least 3 main meals and two snacks in between. I have even seen some advice to eat 6 small meals daily. It’s like WHAT? Six times, how on the earth I am going to do this? This is the most stupid advice I have ever heard. Why would someone stuffed themselves five or six times a day and feel like shit? Excuse the language.

So, How Many Meals Daily Should Type 2 Diabetic Have?

As many as one needs to feel satiated, not hungry. Meaning, if one needs to have three meals, have three meals, but if you are not as hungry as others and you follow a good woe(way of eating), then you might need just two meals per day(don’t worry if you skip breakfast). Some people prefer to eat OMAD(one meal a day, not recommended long term and for weight loss) and it’s totally fine as long as you get enough calories, carbs(30g or less) and healthy fats for your body to function properly.

To put some light on the eating patterns. Every Type 2 Diabetic must think about their BS levels. The aim is to get them as low as you can within the safe range.

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Every time you have a meal your BS levels changes. Depends on the type of the meal, they go up, stay same or they might go slightly down. If a person is new to all of this type 2 diabetes stuff, they have been in most cases advised to eat up to 45g of carbs per meal and up to 20g of carbs per snack.

This is far too many carbs per day if you are lucky they will bring your levels down a little but will keep you dependent on medications, which will happily regulate BS levels exactly where the big pharma companies want them to be. WHY? Because, if they keep us sick they make money. They do treat us as customers and not humans.


Eat as much as your body needs. When you feel satiated stop eating. If you are not hungry don’t eat. Skipping meals is fine as long as you are not on insulin(consult skipping meals with your GP or DN). STOP EATING CRAP AND HIGHLY PROCESSED FOOD. And finally, ENJOY YOUR LIFE, have fun.

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Thanks for reading. Any thoughts? Comment below.

About Lukas G

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  1. When I was first diagnosed I was encouraged to eat 3 meals and 2 snacks. But since learning about intermittent fasting, I am now able to eat 2 meals, which is working better for me and I am losing weight!

  2. Most healthcare professionals and dietitians still encourage people to eat this way. Eating more often is very important, they say. They don’t know or don’t want to know, that eating all the time will require insulin levels stay high all the time, leading to obesity and type 2 diabetes. If you read my posts, then you know that high insulin levels is the cause of obesity and type 2 diabetes. The only way to fight obesity and t2d is to lower our insulin levels for longer periods of time. Intermittent Fasting does it.

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