Top 10 Diet Tips That Works for Weight Loss Enthusiasts with Diabetes

Being a diabetic who is overweight can be a humongous problem in weight loss programs. This is because a diabetic person is more susceptible to hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia leading to syncope or fainting. If you are a diabetic who would want to fast, you can follow the Top 10 tips below:

#1 – Always consult your doctor before starting your weight loss programs

You have to maintain your glucose (sugar) concentrations within normal levels ranging from 60-110 mg/dL. (Clinical Chemistry book by Calbreath et al.) This is to allow the body to function normally. Any increase in glucose (hyperglycemia) or decrease in glucose (hypoglycemia) can cause mild to serious side effects in persons with diabetes.

The delicate balance of the glucose levels should be monitored, when you have diabetes mellitus. The diet program may cause more harm than good. This is the reason why you should seek first the approval of your doctor before starting with any weight loss programs.

#2 – Prepare a meal plan

Preparing a meal plan is crucial for the success of your endeavor. You should select foods that you actually eat and enjoy. You can do this by reducing your calories by 500.

In preparing a meal plan, you have to remember that you should maintain your glucose levels within normal. Here are sample meals in a day:

Choices for Breakfast

  • 1/3 cup oatmeal
  • 4 slices Fruits
  • One egg

Choices for Lunch

  • 2 cups vegetable stew
  • ½ cup grilled shrimp
  • 1 cup vegetables
  • 2 cups mixed salad
  • 1 cup mushrooms

Choices for Dinner

  • 6 oz grilled lean meat
  • 2 cups fresh lettuce/cabbage
  • 1 cup eggplant
  • 1 cup beans
  • 6 oz grilled fish

These are only suggestions. You should adjust this according to your sugar concentration at the moment of dieting.

#3 – Do some light exercises

To make your weight loss program work successfully, you can do light exercises such as walking, stretching, and light aerobics. Dieting is coupled with exercise to help burn off some of those stored fats. Exercises would also increase circulation, improve respiratory function and enhances excretion of toxins.

#4 – Monitor your glucose levels constantly

It would help if you have a glucometer so that you can test yourself wherever you are. The glucometer is a handy instrument that could measure glucose or sugar concentrations in capillary blood from the fingers. You could perform capillary puncture quickly and easily by pricking the finger with the gadget and then collecting the drop of blood to obtain the concentration of glucose.

#5 – Do not start or end abruptly

You should not start or end your weight loss program abruptly. This has a detrimental effect on your body. You should end it slowly, by increasing gradually the amount of food taken in. Through this method, the body would not be subjected to unnecessary stress.

#6 – Avoid meat fat

Avoid foods with rich calories because they would increase your blood sugar. Rich sources of calories are meat fat and dairy products. Meat fat is believed to be responsible for the formation of plaques in the blood vessels in the condition called atherosclerosis.

#7 – Be ready for any emergency

Be ready for any emergency, which may stem from extremely low sugars or significantly elevated levels. You should have an emergency kit ready. Crackers and candies would help you during hypoglycemia.

#8 – Select low-glycemic indexed foods

Low-glycemic foods are those weight loss foods that could not elevate your blood sugar levels significantly. These include whole grains, whole bread, fruits and vegetables.

 #9 – Drink sufficient amount of water

Water is the universal solvent, and as such, is responsible in providing sufficient hydration to your body cells. It is also responsible in helping excrete waste products of metabolism.

#10 – Document your weight loss activities

You may want to record your activities so you can refer to it every now and then. Documenting your weight loss program would also help in determining whether it succeeded or not. You should record your baseline weight so you can compare your weights eventually.

You can follow these Top 10 simple tips for a healthier you. Take note that you can embark on a weight loss endeavor even if you’re a diabetic. Hence, take heed and enjoy your life as any normal person would.

James McDonnel is a weight loss blogger and loves sharing his insights about fast weight loss plans and the best home delivery diets that work.  He is an expert in healthy diets and he occasionally provides weight loss tips on popular blogs. James is an avid blogger who loves traveling around the world and learn new things from different cultures and he consider himself a citizen of the world.

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