Losing Weight with Diabetes

Written by on April 26, 2016 in Fitness Tips, Frederick, York - No comments

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Losing weight is hard – it takes patience, dedication, and can be especially difficult if you’re one of the nearly 30 million people in America with diabetes. Watching what you eat takes on a whole new meaning to those with diabetes. It can become difficult balancing a healthy diet and keeping blood glucose levels in check.

Living a healthy lifestyle and eating right is key in the fight against diabetes and can even help reverse type 2 diabetes in some cases! Get yourself started on the right track towards losing weight and reducing the effects of diabetes with these nutrition and fitness tips.

The Diet

There’s no specific diet for those with diabetes. Instead, it’s all about making healthy choices each day (as each of us should be doing regardless of health specific problems). We’ve all heard of superfoods, but there are a few superfoods for diabetics that can be the perfect addition to any meal plan.

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10 Diabetes Superfoods

  1. Beans
  2. Dark green leafy vegetables
  3. Citrus fruits
  4. Sweet potatoes
  5. Berries
  6. Tomatoes
  7. Fish high in omega-3 fatty acids
  8. Whole grains
  9. Nuts
  10. Fat-free milk and yogurt

 

You’ve probably been taught to stay away from carbs, but not all carbs are bad. There is a difference between healthy and refined carbohydrates. You should be avoiding refined carbs, but healthy, natural carbohydrates can be eaten in moderation.

Following a Medifast meal plan can help take some of the guessing out of your diet, the Medifast program is designed to balance carbohydrates, proteins, and essential vitamins and minerals. We take an individualized approach to weight loss with a professional counselor there for you every step of the way!

Getting Active

While dieting is important to help manage diabetes, it’s only half of it! Getting active is important for a well-rounded diet, whether you have diabetes or not. Keep consistent, stick to a workout routine, and do something you enjoy! Try hiking, cycling, rollerblading, running, whatever you enjoy. Working out doesn’t have to be something you dread doing—make it fun!

Find Support

With any successful weight loss plan, support can be a tremendous help! Gaining support from family and friends, or a weight loss counselor, can help keep you accountable for reaching your goals. If you don’t feel like you have any one individual you can seek support from there are other ways to keep yourself accountable for achieving your weight loss goals.

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