Diets for Weight Loss and Type 2 Diabetes Control
Find the one you like
U. S News and World Report recently released a report on the top diets for weight loss and type 2 diabetes control. A panel of experts reviewed 25 popular diets and rated them. Who the experts are is never mentioned, so I will just accept they are knowledgeable about weight loss and type 2 diabetes control.
The diet these experts recommended for weight loss and type 2 diabetes control is the Biggest Loser Diet. The DASH Diet, which I like, lost by a nose. The key to controlling type 2 diabetes is weight loss and keeping the lost weight from coming back. They give the Biggest Loser Diet the best marks for that.
I found a bunch of things interesting in these rankings.
- How similar all of the top finishers are to each other, and all are similar to the government’s recommended dietary guide lines. The Biggest Loser Diet, The DASH Diet, The Mayo Clinic Diet, and the Mediterranean Diet all emphasize pretty much the same type of foods combined with portion control. All are big on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes, low fat meat and fish and low fat diary to one degree or an other.
- Carbohydrates play a big role in all of these diets. That will be controversial. Many think the only way to control type 2 diabetes is reduce carbohydrates. No carbs, no glucose, no fat belly, no problem.
- Little is forbidden. On any one of these diets, you really don’t have to give up anything, just emphasize the foods that are better for you. That is helpful to reduce the cravings for something you really like. Also watch the portions. That’s largely common sense if you think about it.
- That the Paleo Diet and the Adkins Diet rank far down the list. I can hear the advocates of these diets complaining about the carbohydrates in the recommended diets. To them, carbohydrates are really the problem. Carbohydrates makes us fat and triggers type 2 diabetes. Glucose is the fuel that feeds the type 2 diabetes beast. Cut the carbs and you lose weight and control your type 2 diabetes.
- None of these diets are stellar about keeping the weight off. That is the Achilles’s of any and every diet and the depressing knowledge that you are always going to be fat. Get over it.
- When asked of the readers if a particular diet worked them, only 4 of the 25 had a majority of responders answering yes. The vegans really seemed to stuff the ballot box. Of those four, the Eco-Adkins demonstrated no success at controlling or preventing type 2 diabetes. It did rank high on weight loss, which is a key component for type 2 diabetes control. So what’s the beef, or missing beef given the restrictions of the diet.
My advice is as always, find a diet that you like, that works for you and that you can live with for the rest of your life.
If you are always going to be fat, consider this video. No doubt where she stands on the sundae. Bacon heaven sounds kinda nice.