Diets Diabetics Should Avoid

Diabetes brings with it no short list of complications and changes to your lifestyle, requiring you to change your daily schedule and habits in order to accommodate the disease itself. With weight gain being such a common side-effect of the symptoms and realities life with diabetes, this same warning applies especially to the different routes that you may consider in planning to slim down and get fit.

Being diabetic certainly doesn’t preclude you from dieting with the goal of losing weight, but there are special circumstances at play with that disease that should see you avoid potentially troublesome paths to that goal. In the interest of the very best overall health that you can achieve, here are two diets that diabetics should avoid:

1. Dairy-Heavy Diets

While no diet will have you eating dairy as your main source of food, there are some that promote extra cheese and milk when cutting out other foods threatens to leave you devoid of the nutrients and minerals that you need to be healthy. Given the wide range of healthy compounds to be found in dairy products, calcium most notable among them, you’ll always want to include it in your diet, but its fat content should keep that inclusion to a minimum.

2. Low-Fat, High Carb Diets

While some experts have been known to promote a diet low in fat and high in carbohydrates when the goal of the diabetes sufferer in question is weight loss, most diabetics agree that this way of eating simply isn’t effective.

To be clear, a low-fat, high-carb diet is promoted when it comes to managing blood glucose levels – in fact, studies show great promise in managing, and even reversing type 2 diabetes via this method. However, when weight loss is a prominent part of your attempt to manage your disease, you’ll need to investigate other eating plans.

The Truth About Diabetic Dieting

While different methods will prove successful for different people, the bottom line is that a good diabetic diet is like any other diet; moderate in every way. In order to provide your body with all of the essential nutrients it requires, you’ll need regular intake of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, and this translates into a varied diet – the same that everyone should be eating. Unlike a non-diabetic diet, however, you should pay extra attention to the size of your portions and the timing of your meals, keeping in mind that regular eating of healthy foods will help your body to release glucose into the blood slowly, gently, and safely, helping you to manage the disease more easily.

In the end, you should always consult a registered dietitian or doctor before you make any wholesale changes to your diet, especially when diabetes in involved.

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