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Diabetic Diet Plans

So here we are again with another of the Top 100 Weight Loss Tips. Here's article 60 in the series that is bringing you one hundred different ways to approach your desire to lose weight.

This post is aiming to focus on the diabetic diet plans that are available and see how useful they can be as legitimate means of achieving your goals without sacrificing good nutrition or taste.

Diet Plans for Diabetics

First of all, what do we mean when we say "diabetic diet plans" as a means of losing weight? Well, these are specially crafted diets that are essentially aimed squarely at those suffering with diabetes (type I or type II) as a way of helping them to lose weight while maintaining a healthy diet that does not adversely affect their ability to cope with their blood sugar levels.

But these diets can also work very well for those not suffering with diabetes too, so lets take a look at the sort of thing that they entail.

A diabetes diet plan is really a guide that tells folks the amounts and the kinds of foods they can eat at meals and in-between times. So a good diabetic meal plan will fit in with your schedule and individual eating habits. The right plan should help you improve blood glucose, pressure and cholesterol levels while also helping to keep your weight on track.

While this may sound like work, your doctor or dietitian can help to create a special diet plan that will work best for you. It's all about making healthy food choices so that you will work towards improving your overall health and fitness levels while preventing potential complications such as some cancers, heart disease and hypertension, none of which are any good for anyone.

The Right Food

So when looking at the kind of foods that this type of diet would include, you get the fresh fruit and vegetables that are always allowed in most diets, plus pulses and whole grains that help the body to metabolize food and eliminate more efficiently thanks to the improved levels of dietary fiber.

Foods to avoid will tend to be the usual suspects such as foods high in sugar, high fat and trans fat foods and high GI carbohydrates which are not just bad for diabetics, they're bad for everyone. The obvious ones are cakes, cookies, candy bars and sweet pastries as well as junk foods like pizza, hamburgers, fries, hot dogs, processed ready to eat foods from the supermarket etc.

Commercial Plans

You can actually get a very good commercial diabetic diet plan from Nutrisystem that is tailored specifically for those suffering from type 2 diabetes. The Nutrisystem D Plan diet for men and for women provides a convenient way to maintain a healthy weight or to lose some weight in a very easy to use package that is delivered to your home.

So it's worth looking into this type of diet plan as an alternative to regular diets especially if you are having problems with blood sugar counts and suspect there may be reason to suspect you may be heading towards Type 2 Diabetes.

100 Weight Loss Tips number 59 follows in the next post!


Posted on Sat, 22 Aug 2009 in Top 100 Weight Loss Tips | 4 Comments

4 thoughts on "Diabetic Diet Plans"

Terry says:

Thanks for sharing that with us Nuria, as not everyone is always aware that not all diet plans should be blindly followed and that some research must be done by the individual first.

Nuria says:

I am a diabetic and have to follow a fairly strict diet to ensure I do not get too many sugars all at once. This is good information and helps to raise awareness of what a bad diet can do for you even when you think you're healthy. Most of the diabetic food diet plan varieties are quite good, well thought out and practical, although not all are so good and can include some really stupid things, so you have to be careful and do a lot of research yourself before undertaking any particular diet plan.

Thanks for this post,

Wally says:

After reading many posts about weight loss plans your very informative article on the diabetic diet gave me just the right thoughts I was searching for. Many thanks!

Nic, there is no downside as you're basically cutting out foods that deliver a lot of sugar (processed foods and refined carbs mostly) to force your body to burn more fat. You still get all the nutrients when you eat healthily.

Nic says:

You advise non diabetic to follow diabetic diets, but are you sure there are no downside? I mean are we still eating all the essential nutrients that our body need?