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Although diabetics are encouraged to avoid or limit fats and especially saturated fats from animal products, experts are now telling us that coconut oil is one fat that can safely help regulate blood glucose levels and protect against insulin resistance. The most important fact regarding coconut oil is that it is made up of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) rather than long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs). A recent study published by The American Diabetes Association, concluded that, “dietary supplementation with MCFA may…be beneficial for preventing obesity and peripheral insulin resistance”. MCFAs are said to be easily digestible and helpful in weight loss as they can actually stimulate the body’s metabolism of fats. In fact an article published in The Journal of the Indian Medical Association recommended increasing coconut oil to prevent diabetes. In addition to the benefits associated with diabetes and weight loss, coconut oil has also been touted to be good for th...
Study Shows Drinking Water Increases Weight Loss
According to Health Monitor , a study presented at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society showed that dieters who drank two cups of water before meals lost 5 lbs. more than dieters who did not increase their water intake. If you are a bariatric surgery patient like me, you doubtlessly already know the best practice of "water loading" -- drinking as much water as fast as possible 15-min before your meals.
The concept is simple: Filling your stomach quickly with water creates a feeling of fullness that lasts for 15-25 minutes . In doing so, you eat less at your meal and this results in weight loss (and prevention of weight regain). What's more, you can water load to create this feeling of fullness whenever suddenly hungry before mealtime, thereby curbing your snacking and grazing habits. This, too, will result in weight loss.
Here's a tip: For maximum calorie burn...
If you believed everything that you read here, there is almost nothing that you can put in your mouth and hope to live a healthy life with diabetes. This is particularly true if you have gastroparesis or paralyzed stomach, as I wrote here recently .
In that blog entry I quoted the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases . They say that to treat gastroparesis you need to avoid fats and eat less fiber.
My friend Gretchen Becker threw that quote back at me. Gretchen has written several books including one of the two best books about diabetes, The First Year-Type 2 Diabetes: an Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed .
“OK. We’re avoiding carbs, avoiding fats, and avoiding fiber,” she says. “That doesn't leave a lot to eat,” she continues. “Low-GI foods are high in fiber. Pure protein diet? And of course we can only boil that protein or we’ll get AGEs in our food. If we followed all these recommendations, our life would be pretty grim.”
She’s right. Of cour...
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