No calorie-based diet plan has ever been suggested by The ADA (American Diabetes Association). It does not believe that every diabetic should have the same one diet plan. The ADA does suggest that every diabetic gets a health care provider or a nutritionist to design a food plan which follows the overall guidelines of the ADA as well as fulfil the particular diabetic’s calorie and nutrient requirements.
What has been claimed to be the “ADA 1800-calorie diet” is not officially issued by the ADA although doctors and hospitals frequently use it, the ADA’s “Clinical Diabetes” which is an online journal, said. However, having a 1800-calorie diet can be your dietary aim if it is in line with the guidelines of the ADA.
Using each day’s calorie consumption as the base, most dietitians have designed ADA-typed diets. By separating the day’s food into exchanges, calorie counting has been made easier. To use such an exchange type of diet, all you need to do is to count the required servings for each type of food at a meal. So, to get your 1800 calories, you may need:
- Two servings of fat
- Two servings of milk
- Four to six oz. of protein
- Two fruits
- Four vegetables
- Seven or eight starches.
What type of diabetes meter should I use? -Video Guide
According to the ADA, to be effective in blood glucose management, carbohydrate servings consisting of starches and fruits, ought to be evenly spread out among all the meals each day. So, do not eat only carbohydrates in the morning and hope to balance the diet with a dinner full of proteins. Serving sizes are also important enough for you to focus your attention on. The ADA calculates a protein serving of chicken to have the same number of calories as a serving of tofu. Measuring tools may be necessary until a time when you are familiar with how these serving sizes appear on the surface of a plate.
Using a diet plan from the ADA can assist you to control your blood glucose levels. Reducing calorie intake can assist you to have the right weight. Controlled blood glucose levels and the right weight will give you better health. Consuming fewer calories at regular intervals the whole day can help the diabetes medications become more effective.
Most diabetics prefer to control only the total amount of carbohydrates eaten by them every day. A good number of them also pay attention to the type they eat, preferring unprocessed grains to processed carbohydrates like white bread. Learning more about carbohydrates can assist you to know the foods which can help you to manage your own blood glucose levels. Checking blood glucose levels one and a half hours before as well as one and a half hours after three breakfasts, three lunches and three dinners besides recording what have been eaten and the amount taken can tell you your own carbohydrate requirements, according to an article in the “Diabetes Spectrum” written by a qualified dietitian.
“The Ultimate Diabetes Meal Planner”, which is approved by the ADA, gives the necessary facts on eating plans for diabetics with 2200, 2000, 1800 and 1500 calorie diets. With this book, you are assisted to pick the right quantity of protein, fat and carbohydrates by taking into account your personal nutritional targets and requirements.