1. Focus on habits, not numbers on a scale.
Maria Ricupero, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator who works at Toronto General Hospital, says losing weight isn’t nearly as important as the positive impacts of changing your behaviour. Even without weight loss, healthy eating and exercise can improve blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, sleep patterns and energy levels.
2. Don’t skip meals.
When you’re trying to cut calories, it can be tempting to forgo meals or replace them with juices. But eating whole foods at least every four to five hours is important for keeping your blood sugar stable, says Ricupero. She adds that juices are usually devoid of fibre and can therefore cause your blood sugar to rise quickly. A dietitian can help you safely reduce your daily calorie intake and make healthier choices.
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3. Maintain a balanced diet.
Cutting carbs might seem like the perfect solution for lowering blood sugar and losing weight, but it could cause additional health problems. “If people are just eating protein and fats, they may see an improvement in their blood sugar, but they may also raise their cholesterol,” says Kathy Dmytruk, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator in Edmonton. She explains that fibre—which is plentiful in healthy carb sources such as whole grains—lowers cholesterol, which is vital to heart health.