Excessive accumulation of fats in the body increases resistance to insulin, and raises the risk of developing diabetes. It is a common knowledge that insulin sensitivity could be improved by shedding the excess body weight.
According to scientists, the blood sugar level could be lowered naturally by reducing 5 to 10 per cent of the body weight. Health experts warn diabetics not to lose weight on their own without consulting their physicians.
A supervised weight loss program prevents abnormal fluctuations in the blood glucose level that might occur by suddenly cutting off excess calories from the diet. Sudden dip in the blood sugar level is extremely harmful for diabetics. Your doctor will change the doses of the diabetes medication as the glucose level in your blood drops following reduction in your body weight.
To prevent adverse side effects of a rigid carbohydrate restrictive diet, diabetics should consume carbohydrates in moderation. A balanced diet combined with moderate workouts could aid weight loss without causing adverse side effects.
According to health experts, at the initial phase of dieting, diabetics should consume 500 fewer calories each day. Although excess carbohydrate intake tends to boost the blood sugar level in diabetics, eliminating carbohydrates from the daily diet increases hunger pangs, anxiety, nervousness, fatigue, dizziness and confusion.
50 to 55 per cent of the daily diet should comprise of carbohydrates. Diabetics should meet 30 per cent of their daily calorie requirement from fats, and proteins should comprise 10 to 15 per cent of the daily diet.
To attain their target body weight, diabetics should consume complex carbohydrates such as whole grain products and vegetables. Simple sugars and refined carbohydrates should be eliminated from the diet. Diabetics should resist the temptation of following a high protein, low carbohydrate diet for losing weight.
Although a high protein diet could lower hunger pangs and boost fat metabolism in the initial phase of dieting, excessive accumulation of ketones, the by products of protein metabolism, could harm the kidneys, liver, eyes and the heart in the long-run.
Weight loss could be accelerated through moderate physical activities. Brisk walking, at least for 20 minutes each day, could burn 200 to 300 extra calories.