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Diabetic Diet Meal Plan

In diabetes, the body cannot use the insulin produced or cannot produce insulin altogether. This function prohibits the body from processing the sugar it consumes. Therefore people who have diabetes need to manage their sugar largely through what they eat. In some cases the patients also take medication but control through the diet is a good idea. A diabetic diet meal plan is one where the diet is a balanced diet keeping in mind that the foods should have a low glycemic index and should be low in fat.

Depending on who is going to keep the diet, the total calorie will change. The calorie intake can vary from 2000 calories daily to a 1200 calorie diet.

A 2000 calorie diabetic diet meal plan is a diet rich in carbohydrates that are rich in fiber. In this diet, the patient does tend to have more carbohydrates but largely whole grains are substituted for white carbohydrates for instance, whole wheat bread instead of white bread. This diet should be high in fiber and soluble fiber. There is even an 1800 calorie diabetic diet plan. This is a very flexible diet as it can be healthy and allow people to consume enough food to feel satiated. It can be a moderately difficult diet to maintain.

There are even 1500 and 1600 calorie diabetic diet meal plans that help those people who are trying to lose weight and/or are already suffering from diabetes. A diabetic meal plan in this range is one of the best diets for a diabetic who wants to lose weight healthily. It is important that this diet be efficiently balanced as it can be a difficult diet to balance. The trick here is a small breakfast, a large lunch and a light dinner. The lunch which should have the maximum calories, should not be more than 450 calories. Snacks in this diet should be about 150 calories.

Finally the optimum calorie diet for a diabetic meal plan is a 1200 calorie diabetic diet meal plan. This meal plan prevents the person from overeating. Breakfast should consist of whole grains like wheat bran with low fat milk. All snacks should mostly be fruits, eaten with their skins wherever possible to increase the quantum of fiber that you eat and dinner should some portion of protein, like in lunch with a really big serving of vegetable—steamed or in a salad. You have to cut out all condiments and eat very little carbohydrates.

Submitted on January 16, 2014