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Lose Weight and Control Diabetes by Eating Low Carb

Losing weight does not automatically control BGLs (Blood Glucose Levels) and vice versa, though eating low carb can accomplish both.

The trick is to choose low carb foods that don't raise your BGLs or  your weight.  Which foods work for you is one of those YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary) things that you can figure out by keeping a food journal.
 

Low Carb Mint Chocolate Disks Far from being tasteless and boring, eating low carb can be varied, filling, and delicious. 

These Low Carb Mint Chocolate Disks are just one example.

 
Check out the links at the top and bottom of this page to my Low Carb Ingredients Info & Recipes Using Them and DARdreams Recipes (including step-by-step how to directions with pictures) as well as DAR's Top 20 Low Carb Recipes from the Home page for lots of low carb recipes and ideas for a fulfilling and healthy low carb lifestyle.

You can add these delicious recipes to your low carb lifestyle for more variety and flavor without derailing your BGL and weight goals.  Just remember YMMV, so keep an eye on your BGL and weight when you try a new recipe to make sure your body likes it as much as your taste buds do. 


* Control Diabetes by Eating Low Carb *

BGL Tools Controlling diabetes by keeping BGLs in a truly normal range (mid-80s) should be your first priority.

It is sometimes difficult to stay in the 80s, but a reasonable goal is to stay under 100 at all times. You may sometimes overshoot it, but if you aim for under 100, you'll do your body a great favor.

Record everything you eat and what it does to your BGL 1.5 to 2 hours later in your food journal. By removing any foods that spike your BGL over 100, you will lower your risk for diabetic complications and possibly even reverse some that are already occurring.

Check out the link to Control Your BGL (Blood Glucose Level) with a Low Carb Lifestyle on the left to see step-by-step directions for keeping track of what your food choices do to your BGLs and why it's important to keep them at nondiabetic levels.


You will also find my own experiences in How Do I Manage My Weight and BGLs?

Jenny Ruhl provides some eye-opening info in What is a Normal Blood Sugar?


The Laws of Small Numbers from Dr. Bernstein is also great info about BGLs.

You'll find books with this and more info about low carb and controlling diabetes.  You can start with these links.

 









* Lose Weight by Eating Low Carb *

Nonstarchy Veggies The granddaddy of low carb weight loss plans is Atkins for a reason.  It works!

To maintain truly normal BGLs, it may be necessary to stick to Induction levels (20 or fewer net carbs) at all times instead of gradually increasing carbs as the plan suggests.  This is what my body requires.

You can vary your carb choices beyond the Atkins Induction Acceptable Foods List after Induction, but watch your BGLs carefully to keep them in the normal range. Also watch the scales; some low carb foods can cause weight gain instead of loss.

Dr. Bernstein's plan focuses on controlling BGLs and why that is vitally important, but he also addresses losing weight. It's easy to record your weight in your food log so you can see how your food choices affect your weight as well as your BGLs.

The "Purist" approach in "The Protein Power Lifeplan" is also good for both weight loss and BGL control. In addition, the Drs. Eades have published a book that is specifically targeted for middle-aged middles. As with the other plans, watch your glucose meter and scales carefully to see what your own unique body prefers.

Jonny Bowden's updated version of his book, "Living Low Carb," not only reviews the low carb plan options out there, but gives you the science to back up the low carb lifestyle.

Gary Taubes' new book, "Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It," is a simplified version of his "Good Calories, Bad Calories" book, which also presents the science and history behind our current nutrition guidelines.

You will find these books in the links below and also more from these and other authors in DAR's Top 20 Low Carb Heroes.

Your meter is indispensable for determining which plan works the best for your BGL, so test frequently and if your BGL doesn't like one plan, try another one.
Remember normal BGLs are your first priority and you need to keep them under control while you are losing weight as well as after you have met your weight goal.









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