Diabetic Diet

Most nutritionists will deny that there is a single, specific plan that qualifies for the term "diabetic diet". However, there are important nutritional guidelines that people with diabetes need to follow in order to manage their condition. The so-called "diabetic diet" isn't exclusively for people with or without diabetes. If follows basic, medically sound health principles that allow a person to maintain blood sugar levels, maintain a healthy weight, and other basic physiological needs. It's a basic nutrition plan similar to what a nutritionist might give you.

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Consumption of macronutrients

The diabetic diet revolves around the idea that people are supposed to consume a certain percentage of their daily calories from each of the "macronutrients"—carbohydrate, protein, and fat. Twenty percent of the calories go towards protein. No more than thirty percent are allowed to go towards the consumption of fats. The remaining 50-60 percent should come from carbohydrates. The reason for these regimented percentages is that it's important for a diabetic to have the same amount of glucose released into the blood steam on a consistent basis.

Before starting this diet seek professional advice

The most important thing to note about this diet is that it involves having a diet plan mapped out by a nutritionist. This, mixed with exercise, can definitely lead to weight loss and health benefits. However, if you have been diagnosed with diabetes and are looking into this diet as a way to treat your condition, be aware that this specific diet may not in fact meet your needs. It's important to consult a physician to determine whether or not this specific diet will help you achieve your goals.

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If you are a diabetic or have any issues with low blood sugar, for the love of Richard Simmons, please talk with your doctor before starting a diet. That said, Living With Type II Diabetes is a diet plan designed for diabetics. Other blood sugar oriented diets include the Hypoglycemia - Low Sugar Diet and the Glycemic Impact Diet. Seriously though, talk to your doctor first.

More on these diets below...

Living With Diabetes Plan

Living With Diabetes Plan

This diet focuses on a balanced meal plan that is appropriate for those who have type 2 diabetes. This diet is not about counting fat grams, calories, or sugars, as eDiets.com does it all for the dieter. Emphasis is placed on getting rid of unwanted pounds, improving blood sugars, and decreasing the risk of the many diseases associated with diabetes. All of this will be done under the guidance of a certified diabetes educator.

Hypoglycemia/Low Sugar Diet

Hypoglycemia/Low Sugar Diet

Hypoglycemia, otherwise known as low sugar diets are designed to stabilize a person’s blood sugar. The goal is not necessarily weight loss; however, a conscious effort to watch daily sugar, caloric and fat intake and replace poor food choices with a healthy lifestyle is likely to increase the opportunity for weight loss.

Glycemic Impact Diet

Glycemic Impact Diet

The Glycemic Impact Diet Plan is based on the glycemic index of foods, which is a measure of how quickly carbohydrates are digested. The diet is designed to sustain energy, avoid blood sugar swings, and encourage your body to burn fat. The Glycemic Impact Diet Plan works by replacing simple carbohydrates with complex carbohydrates, and allows a broad range of food choices.