Preventing and Managing Diabetes
Diabetes is a condition that makes it hard for us to use sugar as energy–either we cannot produce the hormone insulin or we cannot utilize it properly. Because the problem is related to sugar, it only follows that we can use diet and nutrition to manage diabetes:
Add Variety to Your Food. Being diabetic doesn’t mean that you need to cut some of the food groups out of your diet meal plan. To manage or help prevent diabetes, you still need to have fruits and veggies, whole grains, protein sources, and dairy in your diet.
Cut Back on Unhealthy Choices. Avoid saturated and trans fats. Furthermore, stay away from foods high in salt and limit intake of sugar-loaded foods such as cakes, candies, and sodas.
Count Your Carbs. This means you need to keep track of the carbohydrates in your foods and drinks daily. You can do this by checking the labels for the grams of carbs the food or drink contains.
Some of the most common special diets to manage diabetes are:
Weight Loss for Ideal BMI
While there are special diets to lose weight, please keep in mind that your main goal is to be healthy. After all, maintaining a healthy weight reduces your risk of developing some of the most serious illnesses like cardiovascular diseases. This means that losing weight is just a good side-effect to being healthy.
One common rule among special diets for weight loss is “calorie-counting.” According to experts, you may lose weight by consuming less calories than you burn. However, there are considerations to this rule. One in particular is the type of calorie you’re cutting back on. Come to think of it, cutting back 150 calories from cake is not the same as removing 150 calories from whole grains. At the end of the day, the type of food still matters.
Each special diet meal plan for weight loss has different guidelines, but to briefly explain, here are some examples:
Ketogenic Diet. This diet asks you to eat high amounts of good fat. At the same time, you can only consume small amounts of carbs to encourage your body to reach the state of ketosis. When you’re in ketosis, your body effectively burns fats, causing you to lose weight.
Atkins Diet. Is one type of low-carb diet. Typically, in this diet, you can have as much fat and protein as you want.
Apple Cider Diet. This diet involves drinking small amounts of apple cider vinegar to lose weight.
Intermittent Fasting. One popular diet regimen right now is intermittent fasting or IF. The premise is for you to “cycle” between time windows of eating regularly and fasting. In some types of IF, what you eat doesn’t matter as much as when you eat them.
OMAD. One Meal A Day is an extreme form of dieting to lose weight. From the name itself, OMAD urges you to eat just one meal for the entire day.
To accommodate various preferences and needs, some people combine one special diet with another. For example, you can choose to do intermittent fasting while you’re in a low-carb diet.
Healthy Ways to Lessen Carbohydrates For Weight Loss