Originally Posted by 92261
manishrati: All the posts I've read are very informative and right on target. Do you understand what T2 diabetes is? It is where your body is producing insulin (your pancreas) but your body doesn't know how to use that insulin to fuel your cells for energy. It just allows sugar to be built up in your blood. The pancreas has two types of cells. Beta cells and Alpha cells. In a T1 diabetic the beta cells are destroyed because of a virus and makes the pancreas stop producing insulin. The alpha cells still work and they are the cells that make the glucose (sugar) and glucagon release from the liver. The liver doesn't do it on it's own. The liver is a detoxifying organ for the body to get rid of bad waste.
The alpha cells make the liver release glucose when you're exercising or waking up in the morning so you don't faint. It's the fight or flight response. If you don't have that sugar you get dizzy and need the sugar to keep you stable. Dizziness is a symptom of low blood sugar. It's also a sign of low blood pressure and possibly dehydration. That's why runners need to drink drinks with electrolytes in them.
If you're not eating a BALANCED diet, then you could end up sending your body into a starvation mode and make yourself gain more weight. A BALANCED meal is a meal of fast acting carbs, slow acting carbs, proteins and vegetables. Look at a food pyramid and you will see the sections of the various foods you should be eating at each meal.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Don't skip it. Your brain needs the carbs to get you up and running.
Fat burning tips are drinking water, drink a glass of water before breakfast with lemon in it. Drink green tea with ginger, use coconut oil, stay away from fake butter. Use only real butter. The fake stuff has bad chemicals in it.
Exercise is a natural insulin and will help your body to shed the excess weight and move the sugars out of the blood to be used for fuel.
Try to stay away from a lot of WHITE foods. It's not what you eat, but how much you eat of what you eat. Less is more. A little bit of rice - 1/2 cup, goes a long way. Spice up your plate. Eat more of a variety of fresh foods and try to stay away from the packaged foods.
The ketogenic diet is a very useful tool for epilepsy patients. It helps to control seizures. If you end up with a very low blood sugar, you could end up with a seizure if you're not careful. It should be followed under strict doctor's care. Your pH levels, electrolytes, sugars, and other enzymes in the body need to be carefully monitored.
If you do not eat properly and incorporate fats (good fats) into your diet, you could end up with gallbladder issues. If you're starving yourself by fasting, the gallbladder will release bile into your colon or form gallstones, especially after you try to return to a normal diet.
Some people find success using the paleo diet. That's where you eliminate white foods and eat meats and vegetables. It's pretty much the opposite of being vegan. Some vegans are junk food junkies and eat a lot of sugar.
Ketones are not healthy. For a T1 diabetic, ketones can be lethal. You can develop ketones if you're sick. Ketones are your body using fat for fuel instead of carbs. If you're using this as a form of weight loss, your body is going to lack the right balance of nutrition and your blood sugars may be even worse.
Learn about the glycemic index. Learn about high, medium and low glycemic foods. Some foods don't metabolize as fast as others. So eating a balanced meal is just that........balancing your carbs and spreading them out throughout the day to keep your sugars stable and help you lose weight.
Drinking a lot of water is good. If you have ketones, water will help flush them out through the kidneys. Be careful of getting urinary tract infections from having to pee so much and don't hold your urine back.
Caffeine is a diuretic and can make you dehydrated and also cause you to lose magnesium. Eating magnesium-type foods will help keep your bowels moving. Eat nuts, dark chocolate, salmon, and green vegetables to get magnesium or take it in a supplement. Your body knows when it's got enough magnesium because your stools will be softer or maybe even really loose. If you have twitching, like in your eyes, that's a sign of magnesium deficiency. Taking magnesium before bed will also help you sleep better.
You may find yourself at some point plateauing with weight loss. You need to keep your metabolism going to lose weight. A lot of the weight loss at first is fluid. The fat around your mid section is the worst fat on your body. Also be careful about losing a lot of muscle. Muscle weighs more than fat. The same goes for exercising. The exercising could increase your muscle mass so you may not realize you're slimming down even if you're not losing weight since the muscle weighs more. Watch your pants size more than the number on the scale. Try not to weigh yourself too much or you'll get discouraged.
Try to incorporate at least one fruit at every meal and even eat an apple for a snack instead of anything else. It will fill you up more than you realize. Good luck.
Are you a type 2 diabetic? Some of your information is good, but some is not such good advice for a T2 or not enitirely accurate.
I agree with the advice about healthy fats and real butter. Also the explanations of T1 vs T2 and avoiding white foods.
Ketogenic diets can work well for controlling blood sugar levels and weight loss. I've tried it myself with great success and know of several other type 2s who have been on ketogenic or low-carb diets for years. A paleo diet is pretty much ketogenic/low-carb. If you go low-carb, your body is able to switch from using glucose as it's enegry source to ketones. This is NOT the same as ketones from uncontrolled BG that can cause ketoacidosis. Being in ketosis on a low-carb diet is not a bad thing. In fact, many low-carbers aim to be in ketosis for weight loss.
You don't need to eat carbs in the morning because with the dawn phenomenon, you may already be starting off with high BG. Eggs and meat would be a better option and keep you full longer without spiking BG. A balanced diet like on the food pyramid has too many carb for a type 2. Adding fast and complex carbs to a meal is NOT necessary and can do more harm than good. If you eat green veggies, those have carbs and that's more than enough. You don't need grains or rice. You also have to be careful with fruit. I would NOT recommend one fruit with each meal. Fruits are full of natural sugars (carbs) and you'll have to test with your meter to see which fruits and how much you can handle. Berries tend to be low-carb and are better for BG than higher sugar fruits like bananas. Even 1 apple may or may not be okay. The only way to know is to test after trying it. It may be possible to eat an apple with something with protein and fat (like some cheese) to slow the absorption of the carbs and lessen the spike.