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Staggering Weight Loss Transformation -Graduate Who Ate 2,500-Calorie Meals Ditches Carbs

Graduate Who Ate 2,500-Calorie Meals Ditches Carbs And Reveals Staggering Weight Loss Transformation

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A woman who used to consume 2,500 calories in one meal alone has lost more than seven stone after removing bread, pizza and nachos from her diet.

Before losing weight, Kristina Guice, 25, from Tucson in Arizona, USA, would overload on carbs daily and weighed close to 18 stone (250lbs).

After switching schools in her childhood, she struggled to find friends and began burying her feelings beneath carbohydrate-rich foods.

Two years ago, Kristina decided to overhaul her lifestyle and slim down before starting her Masters degree in Forensic Linguistics.

She downloaded a calorie counting app and, after drastically shrinking her carb consumption, lost over seven stone (102lb).

She hit her lowest weight of 10 stone 8lbs last month after adding exercise to the mix and is now loving life having graduated from Hofstra University, New York.

Kristina said that growing up, food provided her with “comfort”, and by the time she left high school she was 60lbs heavier than when she’d started.

“I started off being the ‘chubby kid’ when I was six, when we moved states I went from being active with lots of friends, to more lazy and inactive,” she explained.

“Being the ‘new kid’ I couldn’t socialise as much, so I had a lot of time to myself where I was just comfort eating.

“I once did a calorie count of one Taco Bell order, it was over 2,500 calories. I would have two taco supremes, two chicken chalupas, a chicken quesadilla, a seven layer burrito and an extra-large Mountain Dew.

“I didn’t enjoy being overweight through high school or college, it all just clicked and I knew I needed to make a change.

“I realised that while I loved bread, I didn’t love being fat.”

The 25-year-old downloaded a food diary app and cut out carbs from her diet.

“I was done with them, no bread, pasta, chips, rice and that’s what I did for two and a half years,” she explained.

“At first it was tough, I missed pizzas, nachos and bread, but keto uses substitute carbs which are quite nice.

“I started making pizza crust out of cauliflower dough and other changes, then suddenly I stopped wanting them so much.

“Now the idea of eating bread is so boring, it’s just a waste, it doesn’t appeal to me anymore.”

Since embarking on her weight loss journey, Kristina has lost almost seven stone.

Where previously she would eat a large bowl of Corn Pops for breakfast and snack on tortilla chips mid-morning, she now has iced coffee with hardboiled eggs.

Her carb-filled lunches of supreme pizza have been replaced with healthy, low-carb wraps and her calorie-laden evening meals swapped for chicken thighs with salad.

If she has dessert, it will be sugar-free jelly with homemade whipped cream.

“I feel really proud that I did it,” she said. “Looking back at pictures of myself now is like seeing a different person.”

Original Article Source: Graduate Who Ate 2,500-Calorie Meals Ditches Carbs And Reveals Staggering Weight Loss Transformation

Can High Calorie Foods Help to Fight Weight Loss?

High Calorie Foods to Fight Weight Loss

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When I was going through treatment, there were always high calorie foods in the chemo suite for patients to nibble on, typically sugary snacks like cookies and doughnut holes. I asked one of the oncology nurses who looked after me about this. Shouldn’t the snacks be healthier? She said that so many patients have problems eating during chemo causing debilitating weight loss, that the nurses tried to emphasize the importance of eating whatever high calorie foods a patient could manage during treatment to keep weight on, and that aside nutrition shakes like Ensure or Enu, choices like ice cream, donut holes and even fast foods, although counterintuitive from a healthy eating point of view, were worthwhile to help patients maintain their weight.  If you want to try to stay on the healthy side of eating, some of our own seemingly counterintuitive suggestions are:

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  • Not to shy away from eating fats, to eat full fat dairy products instead of skim for example, or the dark meat and skin on poultry
  • To enjoy high fat fruits, nuts and seeds for example avocados, coconuts – milk and oil, and nut and seed products like nut butters or tahini
  • When you feel ill, to eat foods that are easy to digest for example starchy fruits like bananas, and white foods pasta, potatoes, white bread and white rice, maybe with a little butter or olive oil if you can take it
  • When you feel well, to eat fats with healthy high calorie protein rich starches like beans and peas and whole grains, as well as with nutrient packed starchy veggies like winter squash or sweet potato.
  • Try cooking with spices to keep those chemo jaded taste buds happy.

Here are some healthier ideas for high calorie foods to help you keep the weight on

Original Article Source: High Calorie Foods to Fight Weight Loss – Cook for Your Life

Low-Calorie Sweeteners

Low-Calorie Sweeteners are an Effective Tool for Weight Loss

The internet is rife with misinformation about low- and no-calorie sweeteners, from their safety to their efficacy as a weight loss tool. In a recent column for South Strand News, Nick McClary, a doctor of physical therapy, looks at the evidence to determine if low- and no-calorie sweeteners can help you lose weight.

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McClary notes that when people want to lose weight, “calories are king… To lose weight, you must create a caloric deficit, which is best done by both cutting back on the calories you consume and increasing the calories burned from exercise.” He suggests that some people may choose to use low- and no-calorie sweeteners in food and beverages as a strategy to cut calories.

To determine if this truly an effective strategy, McClary looks to the science – “A systematic review of studies in the International Journal of Obesity published an article in 2015 reviewing both human and animal studies on what was termed “low-energy sweeteners,” which includes your common artificial sweeteners, as well as stevia, a plant-derived zero-calorie sweetener…Overall, they found that artificial sweeteners induced weight loss in subjects.”

McClary concludes, “we can be reasonably confident that artificial sweeteners can help us lose weight.” It’s time to mark this statement as “true” once and for all.

Not only are these sweeteners effective, they’re safe! Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have found low- and no-calorie sweeteners to be safe for use in foods and beverages. In fact, EFSA reaffirmed that aspartame is safe for consumption by the general population as recently as December 2013. This opinion is based on the most comprehensive risk assessments of aspartame to-date.

For more information about low- and no-calorie beverages can be found at Let’s Clear It Up.

 

Original Article Source: True or False: Low-Calorie Sweeteners are an Effective Tool for Weight Loss

Cut the Calories Without Cutting the Flavor

Cut calories without cutting flavor

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(BPT) – This post is sponsored by Eisai Inc.

Approximately two-thirds of adults in this country are overweight or obese. This extra weight may pose life-threatening health risks including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain cancers. For an overweight person, losing even 5 percent of their weight can be meaningful. While the idea of losing weight may feel overwhelming, beginning the journey means starting with small steps.

An important place to start is with healthy eating. Often times, go-to food favorites are high in fat, sugar, starch and sodium. Eating large portions of such foods can hinder weight loss and lead to obesity and related health risks. Reducing portions can help cut calories, and there are ways of adjusting favorite recipes to add healthy ingredients without skimping on flavor.

For example, try the Oven-Fried Fish & Chips recipe below for a lighter take on a popular dish. To cut the calories in half and reduce the fat, this recipe calls for coating the delicate fish in a crispy cornflake crust before baking it along with sliced potatoes.

When trying to lose weight, physical activity is also an important factor. Consider finding ways to work small changes into your daily routine; taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking on the far side of the lot are great ways to get started.

Some people still struggle with weight loss despite reducing calorie intake and undertaking an exercise routine. For those looking to add to their weight-loss regimen of a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity, BELVIQ® (lorcaserin HCl) CIV is an FDA-approved prescription weight-loss medication that, when used with diet and exercise, can help some overweight (Body Mass Index [BMI] =27 kg/m²) adults with a weight-related medical problem, or obese (BMI =30 kg/m²) adults, lose weight and keep it off. It is not known if BELVIQ when taken with other prescription, over-the-counter, or herbal weight-loss products is safe and effective.

BELVIQ was tested in three major clinical studies–two trials in adults without type 2 diabetes mellitus and one study in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. All three studies evaluated the effect of BELVIQ 10 mg twice daily compared to diet and exercise alone. The combined results of the two studies in patients without diabetes showed that almost half of patients (47.1%) taking BELVIQ lost 5% or more of their body weight after one year of treatment, and some (22.4%) lost 10% or more of their body weight after one year of treatment. In the study that enrolled overweight men and women with type 2 diabetes, results showed that more than a third of people taking BELVIQ with diet and exercise (37.5%) lost 5% or more of their body weight, compared with those using diet and exercise alone (16.1%). In the same study, the BELVIQ group showed significant improvements in blood sugar levels, compared with those using diet and exercise alone.

People taking BELVIQ with diet and exercise also had significant improvements in their blood pressure and cholesterol levels, compared to those using diet and exercise alone. It is not known if BELVIQ changes your risk of heart problems, stroke, or death due to heart problems or stroke.

Those looking to manage their weight while overcoming challenges to become healthy can learn more and become inspired by others through BELVIQ® VOICESTM at www.belviqvoices.com, an online community featuring real life weight loss journeys of patients living with obesity. Meant to inspire and encourage honest, open conversation with health care providers, BELVIQ VOICES shares the true stories of patients who have struggled with weight loss. The site also provides information about the obesity epidemic, associated health risk factors and the need for action. Patients who have tried BELVIQ and want to share their own weight loss story can email belviqvoices@mahercomm.com.

Oven-Fried Fish & Chips

Prep time: 25 mins

Cook Time: 45 mins

Servings: 4

Difficulty: Easy

INGREDIENTS

Canola or olive oil cooking spray

1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1/4-inch-thick wedges

4 teaspoons canola oil

1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun or Creole seasoning, divided

2 cups cornflakes

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 large egg whites, beaten

1 pound cod or haddock, cut into 4 portions

PREPARATION

  1. Position racks in upper and lower third of oven; preheat to 425°F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray. Set a wire rack on another large baking sheet; coat with cooking spray.
  2. Place potatoes in a colander. Thoroughly rinse with cold water, then pat dry completely with paper towels. Toss the potatoes, oil and 3/4 teaspoon Cajun (or Creole) seasoning in a large bowl. Spread on the baking sheet without the rack. Bake on the lower oven rack, turning every 10 minutes, until tender and golden, 30 to 35 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, coarsely grind cornflakes in a food processor or blender or crush in a sealable plastic bag. Transfer to a shallow dish. Place flour, the remaining 3/4 teaspoon Cajun (or Creole) seasoning and salt in another shallow dish and egg whites in a third shallow dish. Dredge fish in the flour mixture, dip it in egg white and then coat all sides with the ground cornflakes. Place on the prepared wire rack. Coat both sides of the breaded fish with cooking spray.
  4. Bake the fish on the upper oven rack until opaque in the center and the breading is golden brown and crisp, about 20 minutes.

NUTRITION

325 calories/per serving

Carbs 45g

Fat 5g

Saturated Fat 0g

Monounsaturated Fat 3g

Protein 24g

Cholesterol 43mg

Fiber 3g

Sodium 331mg

Potassium 955mg

Recipe from EatingWell.com © Meredith corporation. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Important Safety Information about BELVIQ®

Pregnancy: Do not take BELVIQ if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, as weight loss offers no potential benefit during pregnancy and BELVIQ may harm your unborn baby.

Serotonin Syndrome or Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS)-like reactions: Before using BELVIQ, tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, especially medicines that treat depression, migraines, mental problems, or the common cold. These medicines may cause serious or life-threatening side effects if taken with BELVIQ. Call your doctor right away if you experience agitation, hallucinations, confusion, or other changes in mental status; coordination problems; uncontrolled muscle spasms; muscle twitching; restlessness; racing or fast heartbeat; high or low blood pressure; sweating; fever; nausea; vomiting; diarrhea; or stiff muscles.

Valvular heart disease: Some people taking medicines like BELVIQ have had heart valve problems. Call your doctor right away if you experience trouble breathing; swelling of the arms, legs, ankles, or feet; dizziness, fatigue, or weakness that will not go away; or fast or irregular heartbeat. Before taking BELVIQ, tell your doctor if you have or have had heart problems.

Changes in attention or memory: BELVIQ may slow your thinking. You should not drive a car or operate heavy equipment until you know how BELVIQ affects you.

Mental problems: Taking too much BELVIQ may cause hallucinations, a feeling of being high or in a very good mood, or feelings of standing outside your body.

Depression or thoughts of suicide: Call your doctor right away if you notice any mental changes, especially sudden changes in your mood, behaviors, thoughts, or feelings, or if you have depression or thoughts of suicide.

Low blood sugar: Weight loss can cause low blood sugar in people taking medicines for type 2 diabetes, such as insulin or sulfonylureas. Blood sugar levels should be checked before and while taking BELVIQ. Changes to diabetes medication may be needed if low blood sugar develops.

Painful erections: If you have an erection lasting more than 4 hours while on BELVIQ, stop taking BELVIQ and call your doctor or go to the nearest emergency room right away.

Slow heartbeat: BELVIQ may cause your heart to beat slower.

Decreases in blood cell count: BELVIQ may cause your red and white blood cell counts to decrease.

Increase in prolactin: BELVIQ may increase the amount of a hormone called prolactin. Tell your doctor if your breasts begin to make milk or a milky fluid, or if you are a male and your breasts increase in size.

Most common side effects in patients without diabetes: Headache, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, dry mouth, and constipation.

Most common side effects in patients with diabetes: Low blood sugar, headache, back pain, cough, and fatigue.

Nursing: BELVIQ should not be taken while breastfeeding.

Drug interactions: Before taking BELVIQ, tell your doctor if you take medicines for depression, migraines, or other medical conditions, such as: triptans; medicines used to treat mood, anxiety, psychotic or thought disorders, including tricyclics, lithium, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, selective serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, or antipsychotics; cabergoline; linezolid (an antibiotic); tramadol; dextromethorphan (an over-the-counter (OTC) common cold/cough medicine); OTC supplements such as tryptophan or St. John’s Wort; or erectile dysfunction medicines.

BELVIQ is a federally controlled substance (CIV) because it may be abused or lead to drug dependence.

For more information about BELVIQ, click here for the full Product Information or visit www.Belviq.com.

BELVIQ® is a registered trademark of Arena Pharmaceuticals GmbH. VOICES™ is a trademark of Eisai Inc.

For more information on weight loss and patients’ experiences, visit www.BELVIQVoices.com.

Original Article Source: The Paper of Montgomery County : Weight loss tips: Cut calories without cutting flavor

Cutting Calories Like Crazy Won’t Get You the Body You Want

Less isn’t always more—especially when it comes to food. The ultimate proof is one woman’s Instagram transformation pics. The secret behind her “after” photo? Increasing her calories by 1,000 a day.

Madalin Frodsham, a 27-year-old woman from Perth, Australia, was following a ketogenic diet (aka a low-carb, high-fat, and moderate protein diet) and a Kayla Itsines workout plan, when she said she had hit a plateau: “After a while though, salad simply wasn’t cutting it, and for all the restrictions I was placing on my diet, I simply wasn’t seeing the results I had anticipated,” she wrote in an Instagram post.

So she decided to switch it up and talked to a personal trainer and nutrition coach. He told her to count her macronutrients and increase her carb consumption from five to 50 percent. (Pause: here’s what you need to know about counting your macronutrients and the IIFYM diet.) Frodsham kept her workout routine the same but switched up her eating style. She stayed about the same weight but saw a huge change in her physique.

Magic? Nope—it’s science. Once she upped her carb intake and started tracking her macronutrients, she was eating about 1800 calories a day. Before that? She said she was eating about 800.

Yup, you read that right. 800 calories a day.

The conventional knowledge of Weight Loss 101 might be the simple equation of “eat less than you burn,” but it’s actually more complicated than that. When you aren’t eating enough calories, your body goes into starvation mode.

In fact, it’s not recommended for women to eat fewer than 1,200 calories a day, and doing so can actually increase your risk for health problems (like gallstones and heart problems), and may lead to muscle loss and a slowing of your metabolism, as we reported in 10 Things You Don’t Know About Calories.

“When you’re following a very strict, clean diet, your body actually releases more cortisol into the blood stream, which causes your body to store fat,” says Michelle Roots, a Trainerize kinesiologist and nutrition coach. “A lot of women say, ‘I want to lose weight so I’m going to only eat 1200 calories a day and workout seven days a week,’ as opposed to looking at their macronutrients and seeing how many grams of protein and good fats they get in a day.” The result? A body that’s over-stressed and under-fed, meaning it will hold onto fat and won’t have enough energy to go hard in the gym.

Long story, short: the secret to your best body isn’t in eating less and exercising more, it’s in fueling your body and making it move.

“Don’t waste your time eating salad when you could be eating sweet potatoes and banana pancakes. Eat more and get fit. It actually works,” Frodsham wrote in her Instagram post.

Article Source: Shape.com

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Whenever there’s a new health revelation being shared across the vast neighborhoods of the internet, I routinely get on my knees, fold my hands in prayer, and whisper, “Please, just tell me to eat more.” Luckily, the current overlord heard my prayers when this woman shared how under-eating is bad for fitness goals, and naturally, I wept in gratitude before indulging in a basket of Popeyes chicken and biscuits. For my health, of course.

After spending years eating a strict diet of 800 calories a day (which she very carefully clarified was not an eating disorder but a carefully curated diet of health food), Australian woman Madalin Frodsham made an Instagram post documenting her recent diet changes and explained how doubling her caloric intake to 1800 calories a day has actually helped her achieve her fitness goals. Funnily enough, this is the exact same methodology I employed when I decided to increase my bagel intake from one bagel a day to five, which is rapidly pushing me towards my goal of having a booty the size of a boat.

In her viral post, Frodsham shared that while we are fed a steady diet of facts that tell us eating less is better for weight loss, it’s important to consider the ways in which eating more speeds up our metabolism and supports muscle building. This is beautiful information I will easily exploit when referring to bodega sandwiches as “metabolism accelerators.”

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As you can see in the before and after photos, Frodsham used to be a fit but deeply sad woman whose eyes were filled with the darkness that only preys upon people who eat 800 calories in salads a day while lightly crying, “No it’s OK, I’m full!” Her after picture shows her currently, as an even more fit woman who can now say, “Hell yeah! I’ll have a potato and then do a push-up because I’m a joyful fit human!”

As documented in her post, the move towards eating more came about after Frodsham decided to meet with a nutritional coach who instructed her to eat more of the currently maligned food group designated as carbs. She wrote:

“When he first told me to eat 50 percent carbs I nearly died. I was eating about 10 percent carbs before and could not fathom how 50 percent carbs would not make me fat. If you’re under feeding yourself in an effort to lose weight, don’t do what I did for so long. Don’t waste your time eating salad when you could be eating sweet potatoes and banana pancakes. Eat more and get fit. It actually works.”

While this is sound advice for those looking to lose weight, build muscle, and transform themselves into the muscular swan they’ve always been inside their hearts, the revelation that eating banana pancakes is more spiritually edifying than salad is something I’ve known since I popped out of my mother’s womb.

Article Source: TheFrisky.com

Weight Loss Tips

Among the biggest battles individuals who really need to slim down face is the inspiration to get going on their weight management trip. They commonly maintain putting it off, due to the fact that they fear the modifications and also adjustments they’ll need to make to their eating practices, therefore they postpone setting a begin time. However just what’s it most likely to take to obtain them to establish a date, when is the best time of the year to start a weight management program.

 

Why start a weight reduction program

If your clothing aren’t suitable as well as they used to, you’ re tired constantly, and also you’re constantly starving although you consume a lot, it may be time to size down for the sake of your wellness. An increasing area is a reason for issue, since it could increase your threat of creating illness such as hypertension, kind 2 diabetes mellitus, high cholesterol, and cardiovascular disease.

Some obese individuals are usually meaningless eaters. This implies that they are not really knowledgeable about the food that they are consuming, and end up eating more than they need. So if they want to lose weight, they need to change those consuming routines.

In order to succeed at effective weight loss you need to be inspired, as well as set realistic goals, especially as it relates to when to start your program. It’s constantly recommended that you talk to your medical professional before beginning any type of effective weight loss program.

When is the very best time of the year to start?

After overindulging on food as well as drink over the Xmas vacations, January is constantly a great time making a fresh start. Lots of people agree to commit to a much healthier way of life at the beginning of the year, due to the fact that when the New Year rolls around hopes and also assumptions are high.

On the various other hand, there are those that think that winter months is the most effective time to start an effective weight loss program, because the body normally sheds more calories when it” s chilly, so about maintain normal body temperature level. Since the climate supplies a metabolic increase, some opt to start a weight loss program throughout the winter time.

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If your body is using up a lot a lot more calories in the cold weather, it could call for much less exertion on your component to drop those extra pounds. Of course this would only be effective if your diet strategy is also created to assist you reduce weight, without needing to do a great deal of workout. Nevertheless, it’ s still vital to participate in outdoor activities.

The best time of the year to start your weight reduction program is really the moment that feels right for you. Whether that’s at the beginning of the year or completion of it, it’s vital to stay committed to your objective.

Weight Loss

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The Protein Kitchen diet is an effective weight loss procedure that contains 4 stages, and focuses on the food selection planto aid you accomplish your wanted weight. The program is made to instruct dieters how you can make smarter food selections, so they can attain a lifetime of healthy living.

Protein is an essential component of fat burning, since it helps to expand lean muscle mass tissue. That’s one reason clients on the Healthy Protein Cupboard program have the ability to maintain muscles mass while reducing weight.

Just what makes the Protein Cupboard effective weight loss approach so one-of-a-kind is its long term focus on consuming well. Phase 4 of the program is the Upkeep phase. It is developed in order to help people that have actually completed the program keep off the weight that they’ve lost. Clients are given an overview that details just what they should consume on a common day, in order to ensure that much healthier food selections end up being a life time habit.

Can you lose weight without counting calories?

 

Can you lose weight without counting calories?

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By law food labels are allowed to be slightly inaccurate, as minor variations from pack to pack during manufacturing are difficult to avoid.

You’ll want to compare brands to see the differences in calorie content. But make sure you compare the ‘per 100g’ values. The alternative ‘per serving’ and ‘per portion’ values can be misleading, as brands vary in serving sizes. You may be surprised by how small a ‘portion’ of food is. Many foods are sold in increasingly large packets, which can make it difficult to keep track of portion sizes.

Nutrition labels sometimes provide information about how much of your body’s daily calorie requirement a food provides. This is referred to as ‘Reference intakes’ (RIs), and unless the label says otherwise it is based on the energy requirement of an average-sized woman doing an average amount of physical activity: 2,000 kcal per day. The RI is not intended to be a target, as energy requirements are different for all people.

If a food is labelled ‘light’ or ‘lite’, it should be substantially lower in at least one typical value, such as calories or fat, than standard products. But you may be surprised by how little difference there is between foods that carry claims to be ‘light’ or ‘lite’ and those that don’t.

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Benefits of Counting Calories

Benefits of Counting Calories

Many people are counting the calories in the food they eat in order to maintain or lose weight. However, several experts agree that this is not beneficial to those who want to get rid of extra flab. In fact, this will only cause them to be fatter or worse, have an eating disorder. However, you should not give up counting calories just yet.

While counting calories may not be good for your weight loss strategy, research has shown that it can help reduce the risk of getting diabetes, particularly type 2. When a person has type 2 diabetes, he or she cannot produce adequate amounts of insulin; in other cases, the body is unable to use the hormone. As a result, the glucose levels rise and this can have many devastating results. When left untreated and uncontrolled, this can lead to stroke, blindness, kidney failure, and heart attack.Calorie Count

Diabetes and Counting Calories

You probably already know that people with the biggest risk of acquiring diabetes are those who are overweight. Simply losing a small amount of weight can actually stop you from getting this deadly disease. This is where counting calories becomes very helpful. According to a clinical research entitled the Diabetes Prevention Program, losing five to 10% of your overall body weight can help you avoid becoming diabetic. Add moderate exercise into the equation and you will surely be free from the disease. Meanwhile, if you are already diabetic, losing at least five pounds can help you control how the disease affects you.

Losing weight means you don’t need a lot of insulin. Additionally, your body will be able to consume the existing insulin more effectively, giving you the chance to take fewer medications. With the help of counting calories, you will be encouraged to eat less, which is why this method is approved by the American Diabetes Association.

Count Calories to Eat Smarter

Since you know the amount of calories you take in, you can battle weight gain and diabetes at the same time. To start eating smarter, you should cook meals that have healthy ingredients, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and good fats. You should also eat more protein, which you can get from meat sources. However, be sure not to overeat meat, so just focus on eating servings that are about the size of your palm.

You should also start drinking more water, since this beverage does not have calories at all. Instead of indulging in lots of sugar, you can select healthy sugar substitutes in order for you to control how much sugar you consume.

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