Another alternative to the typical diabetic diet is the Atkins diet. Similar in many ways to the previously mentioned Somersizing method, this is a diet program that allows a nearly free-for-all consumption of proteins and fats while carefully restricting carbohydrate consumption. This is not a tasteless diet by any means; rather, prepare to dine with delights such as lobster tail, fresh fish, and grilled chicken. This article will discuss in a little more detail just what exactly is prescribed for a diabetic following this program of weight loss.
The Atkins Diet food list is comprised largely of protein sources. After all, the crux of the program that you must change your body from a carb-burning engine to a fat-burning one. And what better way to accomplish that than to start giving your body what you hope it will burn from its reserves in the future? The program recommends eating as much as will satisfy you of the proteins group. This category includes red meat such as pork, beef, veal, lamb, mutton, venison, and ham. Other free foods from the protein category are chicken, turkey, dove, goose, fish, and shellfish. Eggs are also allowed on the program as a free food.
Vegetables are divided into two categories within the Atkins diet foods. The first category is the salad veggies. These include nearly any lettuce or leafy herb, as well as other salad-oriented veggies such as jicama, celery, mushrooms, sprouts, olives, peppers, and more. The other veggies allowed in moderation are nearly every other kind of vegetable except the sweet veggies such as corn, green peas, and other sweet and starchy vegetables.
Dairy is also permitted, with special precautions. Any dairy you consume should be as nearly full-fat as possible. Yogurt is not allowed on the program, and while cheese is considered a free food during the first phase, it is later reduced to two ounces per day. The cheese should be made of full-fat cow, goat, or sheep’s milk, or soy. Diet cheeses are strictly forbidden. Other dairy that is permitted is butter, eggs, heavy cream, and sour cream.
One of the most important things to consider is that sugar is absolutely forbidden. This means that any salad dressings, sauces, spice blends, condiments, and every other flavoring needs to be devoid of sugar. In most cases this will mean that you make your own; but that just makes the salad more delicious—what is better than a fresh salad with fresh dressing? Drinks, likewise, should contain no sugar.
These are the basics of what you can expect to find among the foods on Atkins diet. Be creative—any diet that allows butter, steak, and veggies is bound to be delicious. Due to its low-carb approach, this method of weight loss is not only delicious, but also an excellent option for diabetics looking to lose weight.