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Posted on 02/06/2013 11:49:11 PM PST by neverdem
Diets lean on meat and rich in healthy fats like olive oil were most effective at promoting weight loss and lowering blood sugar among people with diabetes in a review of evidence from the last 10 years.
Benefits were also seen with diets low in carbohydrates, high in protein or low in simple sugars.
"If you look at different types of diets, these four can improve various aspects of diabetes control," lead author Dr. Olubukola Ajala, a diabetes specialist at Western Sussex Hospitals in the UK, told Reuters Health.
More than 24 million Americans have type 2 diabetes. People with the disease cannot store glucose in their cells effectively, and their blood sugar levels can go dangerously high. Lifestyle changes like weight loss and cutting calorie intake can improve blood sugar control and reduce the risk of complications from the disease, but it has not been clear which diet plans work best.
Ajala and her colleagues reviewed the results of 20 studies comparing the effect of seven popular diets on adults with type 2 diabetes. Mediterranean diets, low-carb diets, high-protein diets and low glycemic index diets - which rank foods by how quickly their carbs turn into glucose - all lowered participants' blood sugar.
After following the diet for at least six months, the people on a Mediterranean eating plan also lost an average of 4 pounds. No other diet had a significant impact on weight, according to the findings published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
"We were quite surprised by the Mediterranean diet in particular," Ajala said. "I would have thought that low-carb would have been the best for losing weight, but Mediterranean seems to be better."
A Mediterranean-style diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables and legumes, whole grains, fish, and using olive oil and herbs in place of...
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I am on the isagenix program
I have lost 20 pounds in 15 days
been on it 3 weks and am putting on lean muscle again, too
I hope to lose 100 pounds in the next 4 months
I lost 3% OF MY BODYFAT ALREADY
I feel better than on any of these diets
while I reccomend a low carb diet, if you want to lose FAT, you need a cellular detox diet like ISAGENIX, and I can set you up :)
It aint cheap, but it works, it uses un-denatured protein from beef that are grass fed, not corn fed, so, no growth hormones or biogenetically engineered foods
and I mean it :)
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yep..... it actually works.
Other numbers also improve
The devil is in the details in these kind of studies. What raises red flags for me is how little weight was lost on the low carb diets. This suggests they didn’t really study low carb diets but rather “lowered” carb ones.
Also fruits are very high carb but they’re not all alike. What exactly were the carb loads of the various diets? The abstract isn’t all that revealing. Hopefully the full study becomes public soon.
My experience is cease bread and potatoes and sugary stuff....... that will do the job.
That is considered by me to be “reduced”
My DIL went on rigid no carb diet for several months and experienced very dramatic weight loss. For me, the reduced program produces results.
The American way is to always go to extremes. My experiece is the extreme is not really necessary
What kind of healthy, high fiber foods did you eat on South Beach?
You should be filling your plate with veggies. Over time your system will adjust and a muffin won’t be necessary. Stay away from cheese and any low carb “franken foods” - processed, packaged convenience products that claim to be low carb. Don’t be stingy with the good fats, either. And flax seeds are your friends.
You might want to switch to Atkins or do some reading on a higher fat, low carb diet. There’s plenty of evidence that this is a healthy, effective diet. Fat isn’t bad for you. Carbs are when eaten in excess.
Ive been low carbing it for almost twenty years, started with atkins, and now use the Hampton’s version, designed by a former staff doctor of the Atkins group...
i exercise three tymes a weeks, about 12 mins a day, doing body weight exercises, dont need a gym....
i usually eat junk food, on the weekends, then ‘back on the horse’ on monday.
Sounds like you're a "Fuhrmaniac", i.e. a follower of Dr. Joel Fuhrman's regimen (it's not a "diet"), from the book "Eat to Live".
Long story short: I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes the week before Halloween. My doctor told me to get the book and follow it. After 3 months of (mostly) following the doctor's orders, the results are striking:
My HbA1c dropped from 11 to 4.6, average glucose 80, blood glucose 114. My cholesterol levels have dropped, total down to 150. More work to do on that front, but I'm on the right track. I was taking metformin (500 mg twice a day), but my doctor pulled me off the medication yesterday.
Regular exercise is equally as important. Fortunately where I live, there's a network of hiking/biking trails along the Trinity River.
My weight has dropped from 225 to 195, and I've been between 190-195 for the past two months. Another two months of steady exercise and healthy eating, and I'll meet my next goal: shedding my t-shirt when I take my son & grandson to the local aquatic center this summer.
The Eat to Live regimen is no diet. I've never eaten more food in my life. My largest meal is in the evening, consisting of a large salad with several ingredients, to include several tablespoons of garbanzo beans, plus a bag of steamed veggies. When I'm still a bit hungry after that, I'll have a bowl of berries, such as the 3-berry blend you can find everywhere. My beverage is water or iced tea (sugarless). I haven't had a carbonated soft drink in 3 1/2 months.
Dare I say it, but the bad news I got back in October was a blessing in disguise.
What kind of muffin?
I guess I'm fairly suspicious that a high carb diet like Mediterranean would show these results. There is great resistance to low carb diets mostly because of the red meat most people eat with it. PETA types and nutritionists wedded to the low fat concept seem to hate it.
Your body takes a while to adjust to the sudden absence of poisonous-to-humans-yet-vitamin-fortified wheat flour (brought to you by ADM and their wholly owned subsidiaries in the US Senate) that you have been wolfing down every day since that first bowl of Count Chocula back in the 70's. You need Vitamin E supplements, also, or you will develop strange, dark lumps that feel like swollen lymph nodes all over your body. Many people have this happen and unnecessarily give up the low-carb diet.
Pretty much any diet that focuses on fresh foods, protein, veggies, fruit, good fats, prepared at home is going to be good for you.
That’s wonderful news! Congratulations!
I’ve read tons of books on the subject of high fat, low carb diets. Dr. Fuhrman is not a fan of animal proteins and fat. I am.
But, I’m a big fan of people choosing the right plan that works for them to get them healthy and happy. Whatever plan works that someone can stick with. That’s what really matters.
Great job on your hard work!!
FWIH The secret is in the legs. The more muscle in your legs, the more regulated your sugar.
European veal is different from American veal I think. The difference is how the animal is treated.
Something about high-fiber, low-carb diets just don't agree with me.
Everything that was recommended on the meal plans: LOTS of raw veggies, eggs and whites, small amounts of lean meats (mostly chicken breast), olive oil, low fat cheeses, etc. It seems I was having salad with every meal. Phase I of the plan is pretty extreme on the carb limitations (no fruit, bread or pasta), but I had plenty of fiber going into me. And lots of water to wash it through. It's very similar to Atkins, except for the type of fat and meat you are allowed, and really takes off the weight - I lost 13 pounds in 2 weeks. And I don't care if "it was just water weight," weight is weight, and my knees thanked me.
But the constipation was uncomfortable. I heard this from other reviewers on-line as well.
The key is to curtail eating processed foods, period.
The "bad" kind made with processed white flour, sugar and fat/butter.
Kind of the opposite end of the spectrum from high-fiber.
I wonder where does tequila fit in this diet? In any event:
Don Julio anejo, good.
Cuervo anything, bad.
Most low-carbers mainly eat chicken and fish for their meat. Maybe I'll have red meat once a month, or so.
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