All diabetics need to consult with their primary care physician before starting any weight loss plan. For a diabetic diet plan you will need to be carefully monitoring your sugar and a physician will be able to tell you the best way to lose weight without jeopardizing your health. When you have diabetes your body either doesn’t produce enough insulin or your body’s cells ignore insulin. Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use sugar. Sugar is the basic fuel for the cells in the body, and insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells. For those who have Type 2 Diabetes weight control is the best way to keep your glucose in check. But for many people just trying to get started to have a healthy diabetic diet is a challenge in and of itself.
You need to start out your diabetic diet by changing your eating habits. Increase your exercise each day while maintaining a comfortable fitness level and only increase when you feel your body is ready for an increase. Doing too much right up front will only discourage you and you run the possibility of hurting yourself.
Here are a few tips to help you get started on your way:
*Start out simple. A good diabetic diet will decrease your amount of sugar, fats, and non-essentials from your diet.
*Start eating more natural raw foods. Not only are they healthier for you, they will fill you up faster while providing you the long lasting energy that you need to keep going all day long.
*Keep close track of your glucose levels as you start your diabetic diet. Have a running log of your glucose levels so you can better see how what you eat affects your body.
*Remember if you have been eating huge meals for a long period of time that when you reduce the amount of food you eat you will still feel hunger pains. To counteract that drink more water to fill you up. Once your stomach shrinks down you will no longer feel the effects of hunger pains.
*Track your calories and be honest. It’s going to shock you how many calories and fat grams those “diet" meals actually have.
*Should you still have problems losing weight after a few weeks on your diabetic diet then make an appointment with your doctor to discuss with him or her about some of the weight loss pills that are safe for diabetics to take, such as Sibutramine (Meridia) and Orlistat (Xenical).
*Don’t count carbs! Diabetics need carbs in their diets in moderation in order to help maintain a proper level of insulin in their bodies. So such diets as South Beach Diet or Atkins are not for diabetics. That is why I suggest you go back to natural healthy eating instead of trying out the newest fad in diets. If you are unsure of how many carbs a day you need in order to maintain your glucose levels, consult with your primary care physician first before you start limiting carbs.
These are just a few simple tips to get you started on your healthy weight loss diabetic diet as a Type 2 Diabetic. For more information and help ask your primary care physician before you start any diet even a back to basic diet such as stated above. Your physician will have several resources and ideas to help you be able to lose weight yet not have your weight loss plan affect your diabetes.