Believe it or not, snacking can help in controlling your diabetes when dealing with weight loss diet meals. Actually, snacking on the right foods in the right quantities is critical for those with diabetes. To understand the role healthy snacks play in the diabetic diet, it's important to first understand Diabetes.
What is Diabetes?
In a person with diabetes the body cannot normally produce or use insulin to convert glucose, carbohydrates, and other foods into energy. Without the right levels of insulin, people with Diabetes must use proper diet, and sometimes insulin injections, to allow for proper absorption and utilization of food and to maintain steady glucose levels in the bloodstream.
Particularly with Type 2 Diabetes it may be possible to control Diabetes with weight loss diet meals alone, eliminating the need for insulin (depending on your doctor's recommendation, of course).
When and How Should I Snack?
On the one hand, it's important to keep the glucose levels consistent in your bloodstream. If you go a very long time between weight loss diet meals, snacks can keep your energy high and keep you from feeling shaky and tired. On the other hand, being overweight is not good for people with diabetes and can cause serious complications to the disease.
How do you balance the need for steady energy throughout the day with your need to maintain a healthy weight? Make sure you are eating three healthy, well-balanced, weight loss diet meals each day. A well-rounded meal should include some complex carbohydrates, lean protein, and fruits or vegetables. Eating three good meals a day can make a difference in the way you feel and in your need for in-between meal snacks. If you are eating three healthy meals a day and still feel hungry or shaky between meals, you may need a snack in order to prevent low blood sugar.
What is a good Diabetic Snack?
If you feel you need a snack between weight loss diet meals or before bed, try to eat a well-balanced mini-meal - a snack that combines the properties of an ideal meal with smaller portions and less calories.
The best diabetic snacks are those that release energy into the bloodstream at even intervals. Snacks should be based on a solid foundation of whole grain, high-fiber foods. This could include whole grain crackers, bread, and cereal, as well as legumes. Combine your carbohydrates with small portions of lean protein and/or dairy products. You should feel an immediate burst of energy that will see you through to your next meal.
Keep Things Simple!
The best rules of thumb are to eat balanced weight loss diet meals and listen to your body. If you feel hungry and in need of energy, you probably are. Just use moderation as your guide.
Remember 3 things:
* Eat three healthy weight loss diet meals on a daily basis.
* When thinking about a snack, ask yourself if you are really hungry.
* Eat small, balanced portions of carbohydrates, protein, fruits and vegetables throughout the day.
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