A variety of websites, including the American Diabetes Association, Eating Well and WebMD, offer free diabetic diet plans. A person with diabetes can choose from a variety of methods, including the plate method, the glycemic index and carbohydrate counting, as suggested by the American Diabetes Association. When counting carbohydrates, for example, WebMD recommends including 45 grams of carbohydrates for each of the three main meals to ensure the diabetic receives necessary nutrients.
Planning ahead is one way that diabetics can keep control over their carbohydrates and calories. Eating Well offers a sample 7-day program for diabetics that includes options for a variety of calorie counts ranging from 1,200 to 2,000 to make it easier for diabetics to plan meals based on weight loss, weight maintenance or weight gain goals.