The 1800 calorie diet not only helps diabetics control their blood glucose level, but also reduces the symptoms associated with diabetes, helps you lose weight, and promotes the effectiveness of diabetes medications. This diet, formed by the American Diabetes Association (ADA), is based on controlling caloric intake, decreasing excess fat and carbohydrates which raise the level of glucose in the blood. As its name suggests, part of the diet is to abstain to a 1800 caloric limit. You’re probably thinking this restriction will cause you to be constantly hungry. Yes, we all have gone through those fad diets that only give us more anxiety and that we cannot keep up with for more than a couple of weeks. However, there is nothing to worry about, this is not one of those. The diet is designed to control appetite and keep it constant without having to get to the extremes: having to go through hunger pangs or finish the meal uncomfortably full. With a balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fats during the day, there will be a consistency of eating which will help to improve, as previously mentioned, the performance of diabetes medications and control appetite.
Foods to avoid are while following the diet:
Sugar, processed foods, trans fats, saturated fats, and whole milk.
Foods to include:
Whole grains, vegetables, fruits, light meats, fish, eggs, grains, low-fat dairy, nuts, seeds, healthy oils and water.
How would you keep the calorie count? Wouldn’t it be too complicated?
The 1800 calories will be distributed in five meals a day: breakfast, a morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, and dinner. If you keep servings controlled, premeasured, and well balanced, it will be easy to keep track after a couple of days of practice. It is important to consider the variety and balance of foods. This way, you can acquire more vitamins and minerals which would provide more benefits and avoid deficiencies.