Type 2 diabetes education and information on how to better regulate your blood sugar and potentially reverse Type 2 diabetes
Pre-diabetes and weight loss
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Diabetes diet plan
When you’re either diabetic or pre-diabetic, the secret to creating the perfect diet lies in considering food’s Glycemic Index. The glycemic index of your foods plays a huge role in how your body will burn the sugars in the food you eat.
Foods are ranked from 0-100 on a scale. The higher the number, the more it will spike your blood glucose levels, and the worse it will be in terms of weight loss results.
The importance of the Glycemic Index
The reason glycemic index is important is because of a very important hormone in your body called insulin. Insulin is produced as a way for your body to store sugars from foods in your cells for energy. When there is too much to store, your body turns that excess energy into stored fat. However, as long as there is insulin present, your body assumes there are sugars available for energy and won’t turn to the stored fat you’re carrying as an energy source.
Even in small quantities, foods such as bread, desserts, pasta, and table sugar will derail most weight loss plans. Remember… 100 calories of brownies isn’t seen the same by your body as 100 calories of lean protein! Those little bits (bites, licks, and tastes) can create an insulin response to stop fat loss in its tracks.
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Weight-loss and diabetes
If you are diabetic or pre-diabetic, your body processes insulin differently. You stop producing as much insulin and your body no longer processes all of the sugar that you consume. This means there is sugar left over in your blood (which is dangerous). Many foods contain sugar or turn into sugar during digestion. The Glycemic Index will help you to choose healthier options to decrease insulin reduction and (if you are Type 2) potentially reverse your diabetes.
Losing weight when you have diabetes takes a lot of discipline and self-knowledge. Cutting off unhealthy foods means understanding your natural cravings and needs and replacing them with healthy habits. It’s not about not having a snack; it is about eating one that won’t require excess insulin and stop your weight-loss process in its tracks.