Eating regular meals and snacks not only help to keep all Type 2 diabetic’s blood sugar levels stable, they also help keep their hunger in check. Avoiding hunger highs and lows is an important way to help prevent overeating. It’s important for Type 2 diabetics to prevent overeating to maintain healthy blood sugar levels and body weight.
Are you struggling to lose weight because your hunger keeps getting the best of you? If so, you aren’t alone. Many people struggle with this program and very often the solution is right under their nose – or fork as the case happens to be.
Focusing heavily on the timing of your foods or what you are eating may cause you to overlook one key factor. This factor? Meal make-up. By this I mean how much of each type of food you are eating at each meal. Even if you are eating slower digesting foods, if you eat the wrong volume of these foods – too much of one and not enough of the other, this can lead to you being continuously ravenous.
Here is how each of your meal plates should look…
Vegetables Form The Base. First, you’ll want the vegetable component of your meal to make up the bulk of your plate. This should account for roughly half of your plate total. Load them up – just be sure they are prepared using lower calorie cooking methods.
A Generous Dose Of Protein Is Added. Next, you’ll want to add a generous dose of protein as well. There should be just about as much protein as vegetables, with veggies taking the slight edge. Aim for one-quarter to one-third of your plate filled with protein.
Make sure to choose lean cuts such as chicken, fish, turkey, lean beef, or egg whites.
Fats Are Used To Fill In The Blanks. Now you need to add fats. There will be just a little room left on your plate – around one-eighth. Fats will help to slow down the digestion process, so now you have fiber and protein in the picture, they’ll round out the hunger busting picture.
Choose healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, olive oil, avocados, or a small dose of organic cheese.
Carbs Are Served As A Garnish. Finally, carbohydrates should be served as a garnish. Basically, add just a small amount on the side of your plate and this will be the key to keeping hunger in check. Carbohydrates are the nutrient that will lead to hunger, and while choosing slower digesting carbohydrates is most important, keeping the total volume down is also critical.
Even low-GI carbs can have a high-GI load if you eat enough of them.
So next time you’re sitting down to eat a meal, make sure you are following these quick tips. If you do, you’ll naturally calm hunger pains, making it much easier to stick with your diabetic eating plan. Control your blood sugar levels and you will control your weight.