Anyone looking to lose weight on their own is bound to run into some roadblocks. However, for someone with diabetes, achieving and maintaining healthy weight loss can be particularly difficult. Between monitoring blood sugar levels and managing weight-related diabetes complications, it’s easy to feel like weight loss is an unattainable goal.
The good news is that with the right diet plan, weight loss for diabetics is not only possible but can also help improve diabetes symptoms and management. Here’s a look at some ways you can change your diet as part of a healthy weight-loss plan.
Cut Out Processed Foods And Excess Sugars
Managing your diabetes requires a number of lifestyle changes, and losing weight is no different. One of the best ways to jumpstart your weight loss is by cutting out processed foods and excess sugars from your diet.
Processed foods are those that have been altered from their natural state, often through the addition of unhealthy ingredients like artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives. These foods tend to be high in calories and low in nutrients, making them a poor choice for those trying to lose weight.
Excess sugars, on the other hand, refer to those that are added to foods or drinks, as well as those that occur naturally in some foods (like fruit juice and honey). These sugars can quickly add up and contribute to weight gain, so it’s important to limit your intake. Plus, sugars can cause blood sugar levels to spike, which can be dangerous for diabetics.
In addition, these foods can make blood sugar control more difficult. People with type 2 diabetes in particular often have insulin resistance, which means the body has a harder time using insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. Consuming too many processed foods and sugars can make this resistance worse, leading to extra weight gain, so it’s important to limit your intake.
Eat Plenty Of Plant-Based, Whole Foods
As opposed to processed foods, whole foods are those that have been minimally processed and are as close to their natural state as possible. These include fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains. Focusing on eating more whole foods is a great way to improve your overall health while helping you lose weight.
Another benefit of eating whole and plant-based foods is that they tend to be more filling than processed foods. This can help you eat less throughout the day, potentially creating the calorie deficit needed to see meaningful weight loss. Plus, through this weight loss, you can potentially lower your insulin resistance.
Drink Lots Of Water
Did you know that your body often misreads thirst as hunger? This means that you may end up eating even when your body doesn’t need food. To avoid this, make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Not only might this help you eat less, but staying hydrated is also great for your overall health. Your body needs water to function properly, and dehydration can lead to a number of issues like headaches, fatigue, and trouble concentrating.
For people with diabetes, dehydration can also cause blood sugar levels to rise. This is because when there’s not enough water in the body, the kidneys can’t function properly, causing sugar to build up in the blood. In other words, losing excess body weight can help you feel more confident when stepping onto a scale and when monitoring your blood sugar levels.
Learn More About Fats
When it comes to weight loss, fats often get a bad rap. But the truth is that not all fats are created equal. In fact, there are some types of fat that can actually help you lose weight and improve your health.
One type of fat that’s often considered healthy is monounsaturated fat. This includes fats like olive oil, avocados, and nuts. These fats can help you lose weight by making you feel fuller for longer and helping to reduce inflammation.
Another type of fat that can be helpful for weight loss is omega-3 fatty acids. These are found in fatty fish like salmon, as well as in flaxseeds and chia seeds. Omega-3s have been shown to help reduce inflammation, as well as improve insulin sensitivity. This can make it easier to lose weight and keep blood sugar levels under control.
Of course, as you already know, not all fats are good for you. Saturated fats, for example, can raise your cholesterol levels and increase your risk of heart disease. Trans fats, on the other hand, have been linked to weight gain and insulin resistance. So, while you don’t need to avoid all fats, it’s important to be aware of the different types and their effects on your health.
Get In Your B-12
For a lot of people, making dietary changes isn't enough to lose significant weight. Some people may simply give up, others may turn to weight loss surgery, and some may try a dangerous, very low-calorie diet. Luckily, if you're stuck on your weight loss journey, other options are available.
At the Right Weight Center, we're excited to offer our patients lipotropic injections, or 'fat-burning shots.' Lipotropic injections work in tandem with your body's metabolism, encouraging the natural breakdown of fat. These injections are made of amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, which work to help you maximize your weight loss.
One of the key ingredients in our lipotropic injections is B-12. Vitamin B-12 is one of the most important B-complex vitamins because it's essential for the proper function of your nervous system and red blood cells. Moreover, it also helps metabolize gats and carbohydrates, making it a crucial player in your weight loss journey.
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Walk-In To The Right Weight Center
If you've struggled to lose weight, it's time to talk to the experts. At the Right Weight Center, we're proud to provide a physician-directed weight loss program that helps our patients lose weight, reduce their body mass index (BMI), and achieve better health: The Right Weight Program!
If you have diabetes, having a physician on your side can make a big difference. That's because we can offer you a tailored approach to weight loss that takes your unique situation into account. We understand that diabetes makes weight loss more difficult, and moreover, that certain diabetes medications require special consideration when forming a plan. For instance, without any guidance, changing your diet without taking your diabetes medication into consideration can possibly lead to low blood sugar issues.
However, with our help, you can be sure that your weight loss plan is safe and effective. So, if you're ready to make a change, we encourage you to come see us. We offer walk-in appointments, so you can get started on your weight loss journey today!
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