Why a Low Carbohydrate Diet is Essential For Diabetics
Here's why a low carbohydrate diet is essential for type 2 diabetics to follow.
Dieting for diabetics is very different than simply dieting to lose weight. It is absolutely imperative that diabetics reduce their carbohydrate intake if they want to lose weight as well as overcome their condition.
Unfortunately though, most recommendations for diabetics, especially from medical practitioners, is to consume the invalid but highly promoted high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet, which tends to be is based around the food pyramid.
Of course, a high carbohydrate diet induces a greater insulin response, which then leads to even more insulin resistance, which is exactly what diabetics don't need!
To make matters worse, some doctors prescribe insulin to type 2 diabetics to try and force the nutrients into the cells. This exacerbates the insulin resistance even further. In saying this, some type 2 diabetics will need insulin medication because the Islets of Langerhans cells in their pancreas have become exhausted and are now unable to produce insulin.
However, this tends to be in extreme cases and means that the type 2 diabetic has now become a type 1 diabetic.
Since a low carbohydrate diet minimises insulin production by the pancreas, over time, the insulin receptors on cell membranes become more receptive to the action of insulin. As a result, the fasting blood sugar level will become more manageable and the diabetic person can then go back to eating a normal, healthy diet, which contains a higher level of carbohydrates.
It is actually possible for a type 2 diabetic to overcome their insulin resistance by following a low carbohydrate diet.
Firstly, following a diabetic diet plan is not difficult. You simply need to aware of what constitutes a low carbohydrate diet. Most experts agree that a low carbohydrate diets contain less than 50 grams of carbohydrates per day. This means if you spread that out over 5 meals it equates to being 10 grams of carbohydrate per meal.
The Macronutrient Information Table contained in my e-book Look Good Feel Great! provides a comprehensive list of carbohydrate sources, which are categorised into high, medium and low-density carbohydrates.
Of course, diabetics should focus on having the low and medium density carbohydrates almost exclusively. However, small portions of the high-density carbohydrates occasionally would be okay. For example, having a 20 gram serve of natural muesli as a part of their breakfast meal, which contains oats, a high-density carbohydrate, is acceptable.
This can then be followed by a tin of tuna or a protein shake for their mid-morning meal/ snack. If you select a tin of tuna make sure it contains 10grams or less of carbohydrates. If you have a protein shake, make sure it is mixed with water not milk. BCN's ProBlend Dairy Free is a great option.
Lunch could be a serve of protein, say 100g chicken breast, turkey or red meat with some vegetables or salad. It is important not to consume any bread, pasta, rice or sauces because they are all concentrated sources of carbohydrates (high-density carbohydrates) and will all add significant amounts of carbohydrates to your overall daily carbohydrate intake, making the insulin resistance worse.
Your mid-afternoon meal should be the same as your mid-morning meal and then dinner should be similar to lunch but perhaps with a slightly larger portion of protein.
The fact is that a low carbohydrate diet can help diabetics overcome insulin resistance, especially if they combine it with glucose disposal agents (GDAs). Cinnamon is an effective GDA and is found in BCN's MultiSpice.
Exercise is also important for diabetics to perform in conjunction with their diabetic diet plan because it makes the receptors on cell membranes more sensitive to insulin as well as helping to lower blood sugar because it burns up the sugar in the bloodstream. Any form of exercise is beneficial for diabetics and to find out more read these articles on exercise.
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