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The Best Diabetic Diet Lists for Weight Loss

Finding a good weight loss program is hard. Finding a good diabetic diet for weight loss is even harder.  There are many diabetic diet programs and you have to choose one that meets your specific needs and medical condition.  There are important information and useful tips relating to diabetic diet which can help you attain excellent result for your weight loss objective. We will help you by explaining the different options and which is most suited to your needs.

Best diabetic diet food

Best diabetic diet food

Different Types of Diabetic Diets

Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD): This weight loss program consists of diet with very low daily food energy consumption of 800 kilocalories or less. This diet is usually a powder  mixed with water or another low-food-energy liquid. VLCDs also contain the daily recommended requirements for protein, vitamins, fatty acids and minerals. This diet is only prescribed for people who are deemed exceptionally heavy, with a BMI of 30 and above, and must not last more than 12 weeks. Since this kind of diabetic diet is regarded as extreme, you must first consult a doctor or dietician. Side Effects – constipation and in some cases gallstones.

Low Calorie Diet: This diet basically reduce your daily consumption of calories and therefore your body fat and in the long term, increase your longevity. An average person eats more than 2000 calories per day. This diet consists of a daily caloric intake of  1,000 to 1,500 calories for women and 1,500 to 2,000 calories for men.

Low Carbohydrate Diet: This is a diabetic diet consisting less foods that are high in digestible carbohydrates like potatoes, bread and pasta and more of proteins and fats (e.g. meat, fish, poultry,  nuts, shellfish, cheese, eggs, seeds, peanuts, and soy products) and with some vegetables and fruits. Examples of low-carb diabetic diet programs are Atkins Diet, Zone Diet and Stillman Diet.

Low Fat Diet: is a diabetic diet that consists of little fat, especially saturated fat and cholesterol. Consuming less fat doesn’t just help you lower the calories, but it can also  promote a more healthy selection of foods.. High fat foods have high carbs, such as cakes, burgers, pizzas, and pastries. Therefore, low fat diets, which contain a lot less carbs help to lower blood glucose levels.

Mediterranean diet: This diabetic diet includes high consumption of olive oil, legumes, unrefined cereals, fruits,  vegetables; moderate consumption of dairy products; moderate to high consumption of fish (protein); low consumption of meat and meat products, and moderate consumption of wine. Olive oil is particularly characteristic of the Mediterranean diet which contains a very high level of monounsaturated fats, most notably oleic acid, and have been linked to a reduction in coronary heart disease. The antioxidants in olive oil also improve cholesterol regulation and LDL cholesterol reduction, and it has other anti-inflammatory and anti-hypertensive effects

Raw Food Diet: Depending on the type of lifestyle and results desired, raw food diets include a selection of raw vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, seeds eggs, meat, fish, and non-pasteurized/non-homogenized dairy products such as raw milk. The idea for eating raw food is that cooking destroy the nutrients and vitamins. This diabetic diet contains hardly any saturated fats and is popular for people trying to find a form of detoxifying diet. However this diet is not recommended for pregnant women, people who are anemic or at risk of osteoporosis.  A raw diet can be low in calcium, vitamin D, iron, zinc, protein and calories. There is also the risk of getting food poisoning.

Which diabetic diet plan you finally choose depends on your personal lifestyle,  preferences as well as your medical condition. It is advisable you consult a professional dietician or your doctor before embarking on a specific diabetic diet plan for weight loss.

Seven Benefits of Coconut Water

Coconut water is the purest liquid second only to water itself. It has many health benefits and uses that you probably did not know about.

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Many persons have gone to the Caribbean , the Pacific Islands , Florida , Hawaii , South America or Southern Asia and have tasted some very refreshing coconut water. The palm trees you have become accustomed to while on vacation are very potent sources of coconut water that has many health benefits and uses that you probably did not know about.

Coconut water is the purest liquid second only to water itself. It is chock full of electrolytes, calcium, potassium, magnesium; everything that is good for you.

Coconut water is the liquid that is taken from unripe coconuts. If coconuts get ripe the liquid that is inside will harden and become a part of the white flesh of the coconut, which is used to make coconut milk. So, picking the coconut while it is unripe will ensure that the body gets all the benefits of coconut water.

Coconut Water Hydrates the Body
Coconut water is an isotonic solution which replaces the fluids and minerals that the body loses during physical activities. For this reason, many athletes and persons who work out regularly are encouraged to drink coconut water to replace all the minerals and fluid that they lose while working out. Even the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) attest to the benefits of drinking coconut water when it fought for a patent in 2000 to market coconut water as the next big sports drinks.

Coconut Water Relieves Urinary Problems
If you consume coconut water on a regular basis it can reduce urinary problems. People who suffer from strangury, polyutra and other urinary ailments drink coconut water to relieve their symptoms

Coconut Water Kills Intestinal Worms
Drinking coconut water with one teaspoon of olive oil for three days will kill intestinal worms and clear the stomach of worms, which makes for better digestion.

Coconut Water Breaks up Kidney Stones
People who have kidney problems and are plagued by kidney stones should drink coconut water in addition to taking their medication.
Drinking coconut water regularly helps to break up kidney stones making them easier to push out.

Coconut Water is Used in Blood Transfusion
Coconut water is almost identical to blood plasma and this makes it easy to use for blood transfusion. In cases of emergency coconut water has been used as an intravenous hydration fluid instead of the standard IV fluid. During World War II many wounded soldiers were saved in the Pacific because of emergency transfusion using coconut water as plasma.

Coconut Water is an Antibacterial
Coconut water contains monolaurin, an antiviral, antibacterial and antiprozoal monoglyceride that is used to kill lipid-coated viruses such as HIV, Herpes, cytomegalovirus, flu and various pathogenic bacteria.

Coconut Water Controls Vomiting
Coconut water is great at reducing vomiting. People who have typhoid, malaria, fevers or other ailments that are known to induce vomiting drink coconut water to settle the stomach. As such, coconut water is also a good thing to drink during a hangover..

Green or unripe coconuts can be found in Asian and West Indian markets. All coconuts that they sell are closed up to keep coconut water from losing its nutrients. So, if you plan on buying a coconut, you can ask someone to chop the coconut open or you can open it yourself at home and drink it.

Source: Tommy Fassbender

Who is more overweight: men or women ?

Who is more overweight: men or women?

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No one can say for sure whether men are fatter or more overweight than women.

Men and women gain weight differently when exposed to different conditions.

There is a link between gender and weight gain. Men burn off more calories than women, and therefore gain weight slower. Biologically women have a higher average body fat content compared with men. During pregnancy, women tend to gain weight to provide sufficient nourishment for the growing baby.

Men and women grow fat in different parts of their bodies. For women it is normally at the hips and thighs and for men, more often than not, their pot bellies.

So men look more like “apples” and women like “pears”.

Most doctors agree this is due to a number of factors, including genetics, hormonal differences, body-fat distribution as well as the environment.

Men and women gain weight very differently when they are exposed to stressful situations. Researchers found that women gain weight when they have problems with finances, rigid job routines, and strained family relationships.

On the other hand, men gain weight mainly in response to work related problems and stress.

According to scientific research, men and women also have different eating habits and preferences. In general, men prefer eating meat and poultry while women are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables. Men view food as a matter of enjoyment whereas women tend to be more concerned about their health and seek nutritional advice.

A new study by the Centre for Medical Education at McGill University in Montreal found that women eat more when they eat with a large group of female friends.

However, when they eat with a smaller group of female friends, or dine with men, they eat

less. This may be due to social conditioning. Women who eat less and who are thin are viewed as more feminine and attractive.

Whether you are a man or woman, you should learn to manage your weight. Here are some tips:

  • Be aware of the stressors in your life and manage them.
  • Exercise regularly
  • Adopt a routine of deep breathing, meditation, or yoga.
  • Eat a balanced, healthy diet and include fruits and vegetables.
  • Get enough sleep; I would recommend at least 7 hours.
  • Replace salty food with herbs and spices to enhance the taste.
  • Reduce intake of fat, oil, salt and sugar
  • For those with bad appetite, try eating small but frequent meals
  • Take high-quality multivitamin, especially vitamin B, C and D each day.
  • Avoid or minimize alcohol

If you are obese and know how to overcome it  or have tips on healthy living, please share them with us.