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ADA Diabetic Diet Plan

An estimated 25.8 million Americans have diabetes, and those who are newly diagnosed must consider lifestyle and diet changes to help manage blood glucose levels and lose weight.  As a result, medical weight loss programs are becoming more prevalent.

Physicians can help address both the patient’s medication needs and dietary concerns.  Programs such as those offered by the Center for Medical Weight Loss, a network of over 450 medical providers nationwide, offer patients a chance to take control of their diabetes by emphasizing weight loss through a healthy diabetic diet.

Similarly, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) has compiled a “Create Your Plate” diabetic diet plan with a focus on nutritious food choices and decreased portion sizes.  As Dr. Kaplan, founder of The Center for Medical Weight Loss explains, “When patients lose 5-10 % of their body weight, it is a given that they will reduce their blood sugar significantly; many no longer need medication.”

The basic premise of the ADA’s plan still allows for variety, but minimizes the servings of starchy foods and increases the portions of non-starchy vegetables.

ADA’s create your plate plan

The ADA plan emphasize portion moderation and reduced carbohydrate intake, which has the greatest impact on blood sugar levels. Also called “The Plate Method,” the plan is touted as both straightforward and effective. Start by drawing an imaginary line down the center of your plate, and add another line through one half, so the plate has three sections: one large portion and two smaller ones.

  • Half Section: Fill the large section with low-carb, non-starchy vegetables like spinach, carrots, green beans, cabbage, bok choy, cauliflower, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, peppers and turnips
  • Quarter section: In one of the smaller sections, add starchy foods such as whole grains, oatmeal, hominy, pasta, rice, tortillas, cooked peas or beans, potatoes, winter squash and low-fat snacks like crackers, popcorn and pretzels
  • Quarter section: In the final smaller section, put your protein or meat including chicken, skinless turkey, tuna, salmon, cod, seafood, lean cuts of beef or pork, or meat substitute like tofu, eggs or cheese.

Dieters are encouraged to add an 8 oz glass of low-fat milk or substitute a 6 oz serving of light yogurt, and to complement the meal with one piece of fresh fruit or a 1/2 cup of fruit salad.

Reversing diabetes

Anyone diagnosed as diabetic or pre diabetic should consult with a doctor to review their diet and make appropriate changes. The Center For Medical Weight Loss boasts countless testimonials of successful weight loss enjoyed by their patients.  Many lose so much weight that they no longer require insulin. And for those diagnosed with pre diabetes, weight loss can prevent full-blown diabetes from developing while reducing blood sugar and pressure at the same time.

Physicians offer diabetes diet recipes, guidelines, and more

Weight loss physicians work with each patient to tailor diabetic diet guidelines that integrate personal counseling, balanced meals and regular physical activity. Since blood glucose will be lowered by weight loss, it may be risky to continue with original insulin doses.  Diet therefore must be closely monitored along with any changes in medication dosage.

The physicians at The Center For Medical Weight Loss provide easy to follow diabetes diet recipes and offer carefully considered exercise plans, while continuing to monitor and adjust the dosage of any medications as necessary.

To find the Center nearest you, enter your zip code into the box above. Introductory offers are available at select locations throughout the country.