If you are a newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic, you have probably been told that you absolutely must limit your consumption of carbohydrates, fat, and even protein. When you have type 2 diabetes, your body simply does not make enough insulin at the right time to handle the release of large amounts of sugar from the digestion of food containing carbohydrates.
To make matters worse, the type 2 diabetic’s body has problems removing sugar from their bloodstream but unfortunately, it has no problems storing fat. Excess insulin released in the early stages of diabetes is about 300 times more efficient at storing fat than it is for storing glucose. And even protein, if eaten in excess, can be slowly converted into sugar.
High Blood Sugars, Insulin and Fat:
The real problems of diabetes, however, occur when blood sugars soar to 140 mg/dl, 240 mg/dl (7.8 mmol/l,13.3 mmol/l), and even higher. When blood sugars run really high, then your body has to make exponentially more insulin to get them back to normal again. If your body needs 10 units of insulin to lower blood sugars from 200 mg/dl to 100 mg/dl (11 mmol/l to 5.6 mmol/l), it might need 30 units of insulin to lower blood sugars from 300 mg/dl to 200 mg/dl (16.67 to 11 mmol/l). All that extra insulin is available to store fat exactly where it is needed least, in your belly or abdominal area. So the best way to avoid having to get high blood sugars down to healthy levels is… to never to let them get too high in the first place!
One of the biggest problems newly diagnosed type 2 diabetics face is that they must eat less. At first consuming fewer calories or kilojoules results in weight loss, but after a while, the pounds or kilograms just don’t come off. This is because the hypothalamus “turns down the thermostat” so that your body needs fewer calories. This is the cause of the weight loss plateau that almost all dieters face, but that is especially difficult for diabetics.
Eat Less but Not At Every Meal:
What diabetics need to do to lose weight is to eat less, but not necessarily less at each and every meal. If your body gets “normal” calories from one meal approximately every three days, it never slows the metabolism to conserve calories. Eating more at about one meal in ten actually accelerates weight loss. The catch is that overall calorie consumption still has to be decreased. And diabetics simply cannot load up on simple sugars… just be careful those extra calories or kilojoules at the tenth meal come from lean protein, healthy fats and low-GI carbs.