A Diabetes Diet for Weight Loss
Most of us can afford to lose a few pounds. But, if you are Diabetic or at risk of Diabetes Type II, stop thinking and start acting now! Many people are overweight when they’re first diagnosed, and that extra fat actually increases their insulin resistance. By losing weight, people with Diabetes Type II can become less insulin resistant, and they’re able to use insulin better.
What You Need To Know
For people with diabetes, weight loss success is not only measured by the scale, but also by blood sugar control. It’s actually possible to put diabetes into remission or reverse its course if you lose weight. When a person loses 7% of his/her body weight, their insulin sensitivity improves by 57%. That is better than taking two medications for diabetes at the maximum dose!
What To Do?
If you are Diabetic, the best way to lose weight is to clean up your diet. When it comes to food, too many people have no idea what’s good, what’s bad, and what’s too much. Not only do you need to eat healthier foodstuff, you also need to practice portion control, so that you aren’t eating too many calories at any single meal. Monitor intake; if you become aware of how much you eat, you have a much better chance of regulating that in a way that makes sense.
A balanced, low-fat diet makes for a great Diabetic diet. Don’t be fooled into thinking that the Paleo Diet will help you shed weight quickly. Doctors now warn against Paleo as it can actually lead to weight gain. A Mediterranean-type diet that includes healthy fats from oils and cutting back on carbohydrates is particularly good for diabetic patients. While carbohydrates are a must because they are the source of energy, take a closer look at your carbohydrate source. Is it coming from white bread and pasta? If so, cut that out immediately. You want your main source of carbohydrate to be fresh fruits and vegetables as well as unrefined whole grains cereals.
Opt for non-starchy ones (no potatoes, corn, or peas). And watch the salt. Lean proteins are great for you. Choose to eat fish at least twice a week, and bean or soy instead of meat, when you can. When you do eat meat, go lean. And remember to remove the skin from all meats, including chicken. Eat healthy fats like those from avocados, olives, nuts, or seeds. Avoid the full-fat cheeses and full-fat milk. No regular butter or creamy sauces. And put back those potato chips and fatty snacks!
Final Word — the best diet is the one that you can stay on.