Dangers of Simple Carbohydrates For Pre Diabetics

simpel carbs white rice glycemic index load unhealthy diabetics yams health carbohydrates protein weight loss If you are diabetic, pre diabetic, or even just concerned about your body composition, simple carbohydrates can be very dangerous for your blood sugar and body fat storages. This is because “Simple Carbs” are made up of only one or two sugar molecules making them very easy for the body to break down in to your bloodstream. These simple carbs are found in processed foods such as bread, pasta, white flour, soda, & sweets, but and also in fruits and vegetables as well. simple carbs white rice glycemic index load unhealthy diabetics yams health carbohydrates protein weight loss

 The rate at which sources of simple carbs affect your blood sugar is measured by a system known as the glycemic index (GI). This number is multiplied by the serving quantity for a measurement known as the foods glycemic load(GL). Foods with either high GI’s or GL are known to spike blood sugar levels and should be avoided by diabetics, pre-diabetics, and probably everyone else too. It is also best to eat a variety and not be excessive with one food or source of carbohydrates.

Popular Foods With High Glycemic Index / Loads

White Bagel – 72 / 25

Fanta Soft Drink – 68 / 23

Sweetened Cranberry Juice – 68 / 24

Instant Sweetened Oatmeal – 83 / 30

White rice –  73 / 43

Fruit Roll-Ups – 99 / 24

Baked Russet Potato – 111 / 33

simpel carbs white rice glycemic index load unhealthy diabetics yams health carbohydrates protein weight loss Low Glycemic Alternatives

100% Whole Grain Bread – 51 / 7 * Be sure to read the label even bread marked as wheat often contains white flour.

Tomato Juice – 38 / 4

Unsweetened Orange Juice  – 50 / 4

Unsweetened Oatmeal – 55 / 13

Quinoa – 53 / 13

Yams – 54 / 20

simple carbs white rice glycemic index load unhealthy diabetics yams health carbohydrates protein weight loss Glycemic Index, Load, & Weight Loss Surgery

Foods with high rates of absorption quickly pass through the bodies digestive systems and are stored as fat for future energy. Therefore, it is of no surprise that those with high Glycemic Indec (GI) and Glycemic Load (GL) diets have been found to be at much higher risk for obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Fortunately, there are many dietary studies that have found low Glycemic Indec (GI) and Glycemic Load (GL) diets provide substantial weight loss and glycemic control benefits. Patients of bariatric surgery tend to feel full without the need of excessive carbohydrates which can be a remarkable tool from those suffering from terrible simple carbohydrate food cravings. It may be hard to stay away from processed foods with simple sugars, but your body will thank you for it!


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Metabolic Surgery For Diabetes: Jeff’s Signs of Success

Metabolic-Surgical-Options-for-Diabetes November is Diabetes Awareness Month! With all the advances in medical technology, it is hard to believe there is no established cure for Type 2 Diabetes. In fact, diabetes is on the rise worldwide. Studies suggest that by 2034 the number of diabetics will rise from 23 million to upwards of 44 million people!*

Diabetes is a very serious medical condition with a large complication rate. When a person has this disease, their body does not produce or utilize their bodies' insulin, causing glucose and blood sugar levels in the blood to spike. The costs of typical medical aids are up to $33,000 a year, and they are generally not effective or curative.* Tragically, even with proper medical services, patients often face horrible side effects including dialysis, loss of limb functionality, heart attacks, and often death. Fortunately new evidence is suggesting there is a nonconventional way to restore the bodies insulin processes: Bariatric Surgery (Metabolic Surgery for Diabetes).

Bariatric surgery refers to a set of abdominal sugeries which are extremely effective at helping people suffering from obesity lose significant amounts of weight. Further research is showing that bariatric/metabolic surgeries has an effect on insulin production and utilization, making it curative and able to reverse Type 2 Diabetes back in to remission.** Just one example comes from a study in the Annals of Surgery which concluded 83 percent of 240 diabetic patients were completely cured of their disease after having the gastric bypass surgery!*

For less than the cost of one year of standard medical aid, bariatric surgery could be curing diabetics completely of their disease.** Here is the story of Jeff, a diabetic who is also a nurse and well informed regarding the dangers of his illness. One month after his bariatric surgery, he has rapidly stabilizing blood sugar levels and is down from two hundred units of insulin to less than twenty. Bariatric surgeries' effects on the disease are extremely rapid. Here is his entire story in his own words:

As a nurse for twenty years, I know too well the tragedy of runaway diabetes and obesity. I had both. No matter what I did: diet, exercise, diet supplements, and just plain fear, all of my good intentions eventually imploded and I was once again packing on the pounds and watching my diabetes and weight soar out of reach. Eventually, I just wrote my will and resigned myself to my fate.
I had been aware that bariatric surgery could radically improve one's chances of limiting, or even putting diabetes into remission, but for all my knowledge and experience I was baffled where to begin. A phone call to BeLiteWeight and Nicky and Jamie smoothly clarified my options and helped me to understand which bariatric option would be best for me.
Then there was the scenario of having the surgery in Mexico. This was a better option for me, as I live next door to Juarez, but another weight loss agency described their surgeon's services as being done in a strip mall, with the recovery period taking place in a hotel room. Not good.
Again, BeLiteWeight gave me information about Star Medica, one of the finest hospitals in Juarez. I know a lot of people who are intimately connected with Juarez, and without exception, every single one highly recommended Star Medica. If there was any trouble, I would have found it. I was also somewhat relieved that Star Medica is the official hospital of choice by the U. S. Consulate in Juarez.
I had less than perfect credit because of the stock market debacle five years ago, and wondered how in the world I could afford to get this life saving surgery. My insurance considered it a "cosmetic procedure." Cosmetic my foot, literally. My diabetes was making its presence known.
Again, Nicky and Jamie efficiently steered me into a loan company who provided terms I could easily afford. The complications of getting into Mexico, and out? Jamie and Nicky made that super easy, as well.
Transportation: the shuttle was there right on time and whisked my wife and I smoothly to Star Medica's front door.
The hospital: I have worked in many hospitals throughout the United States. Star Medica was spotless and comfortable, the staff friendly and professional. I was processed in with remarkable speed and efficiency. The room was more like a pleasant suite, again spotless, comfortable and roomy.  I would gladly prefer to have any surgical procedure done at Star Medica over many of the hospitals I have worked in the United States.
The procedure: Again, it can be summed up as efficient in every way. They told me what they would do and when they would do it, and it went exactly on time very smoothly. Dr. Rodriguez came and met with us, and cordially answered all my questions in English.
The pain: there wasn't any. At worst I felt a little sore once it was done. The staff kept me well supplied with good pain and nausea medication, and I was up walking about the facility, doing my laps, within an hour of the procedure. Going to a dentist is much more difficult. I was back to work at the end of the week.
The surgical wounds: there was never a trace of infection. There was no bleeding. Dr. Rodriguez made the smallest of incisions and sealed them with Durabond and already, a month later, the small scars are beginning to fade.
Psychologically: Life after stomach. I was out the next morning following one day in the hospital. It is an adjustment to going from eating like a horse, as I did, to being only able to tolerate food in very small amounts. My brain says "EAT," and my stomach says, "NO THANKS." Each day gets a little easier. In the first week, I did have signifigant hunger pangs, but they are lessening daily. Every day gets easier to get my brain around eating just a little amount, and my tiny stomach feels more and more comfortable.
The weight loss: BeLiteWeight provided me with a comprehensive pre and post surgical eating plan. Lots of vitamin supplements. The pounds are melting off me like snow in July, and I don't have to fight it. I went from 265 pounds the day of surgery to 234 pounds in a month. My feet don't hurt so much. I can sleep on my side again, which I couldn't do because my obesity hurt my hips. My knees don't hurt so much. I can tie my shoes and getting in and out of a car isn't like trying to climb Mt. Everest any more. I have more energy.

My blood sugars are rapidly returning to normal. It is soon yet, but I have gone from using two hundred, or more, units of insulin every day, to using less than twenty, and some days not at all. It is too soon to predict the final outcome, but it strongly appears that my diabetes is going into remission.
Paying for it: No lie, I save so much on groceries and eating out that it is no trouble making payments. I still get to enjoy food, just in very small amounts.
The hope: Best of all I have hope for the future. I no longer wonder when my diabetes is going to ruin my life and my ability to support my family. I have hope for a long and healthy life to provide for my family. Bariatric surgery was the best decision I ever made, and BeLiteWeight helped me every step of the way.
I cannot thank you enough for getting me over the hump.
Jeff M
El Paso, Texas

For more information on bariatric surgeries such as the Gastric Sleeve or Bypass and how they might reverse your diabetes, contact BeLiteWeight today!

*Statisics from https://asmbs.org/patients/benefits-of-bariatric-surgery

** Individual Results May Vary

WLS and Nutrition Basics Revealed

Anyone who has had weight loss surgery has undoubtedly heard a lot about nutrition. So much so, in fact, that it can sometimes seem overwhelming.

While it's true that understanding the role food plays in your success is important, it doesn't necessarily have to be complicated–avoid snacking between meals, choose smaller portions, take your time and eat nutritious foods that give your body the vitamins, minerals and protein it needs.

The question often asked by people who've had weight loss surgery is this: What are the right types of nutritious foods?

The answer can be broken down into three easy to understand categories:

Protein is powerful and essential. Your body doesn't store it. It repairs and rebuilds body tissue that has been worn down by exercise or even daily living. And it's found in a variety of foods that taste delicious–chances are good you're not going to have to plug your nose when you eat it.

WLS and Nutrition Basics Plus, after you've had weight loss surgery, you need to (or get to) eat it every day.

Most people should set a target protein intake goal of about 60 grams a day. But your new stomach, or pouch, won't be able to digest all of it at once. Which is why it's so important to make a habit of eating small servings of high-protein foods, such as fish, poultry, eggs and low-fat cottage cheese with each meal.

Vitamins and Minerals
Your body can't function properly without vitamins and minerals. They help keep your bones strong, heal wounds, strengthen your immune system, keep your mind sharp and turn food into energy.

After weight loss surgery, it's likely you won't be able to eat enough food to give your body all the vitamins and minerals it needs. The trick is to work with your doctor to find a multivitamin that's chock full of everything your body needs–and make sure to take it every day.

Sugar and Fat
In general, foods that are high in sugar and fat should be avoided. They can cause "dumping syndrome" which results in sleeplessness, sweating, and abdominal pain. Avoid them.

Weight Loss Can Still Be Sweet: Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip

Who says that being on a diet means bland, boring foods? Instead of being stuck with celery and water, you can actually have very yummy and delicious meals and snacks with the right kind of recipes. Like this sweet pumpkin cream cheese dip that is perfect both for diets and as a seasonal snack.

Instead of a high fat cream cheese that can break a diet, this cream cheese dip is low fat as well as still providing a sugary, sweet taste. No blandness, no having to cheat on your diet. And the best part about this recipe? It is only 107 calories with only three grams of fat in one serving (which is about three tablespoons)! Compare that with any store bought cream cheese dip.

Use it on pumpkin pie, bagels, or you can serve it with apple slices, pear slices, or other fruits. Practically any seasonal dish can be paired upnicely with this dish and it's also great for those upcoming holiday parties.

What will you need for this recipe? You can find the ingredient list below: Weight loss can still be sweet: Pumpkin cream cheese dip | BeLiteWeight | Weight Loss Recipes

  • Eight ounces of cream cheese, low fat
  • 3/4 cup of canned pumpkin, unsweetened
  • Three tablespoons of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cloves, grounded up
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

This recipe will make approximately twelve servings and is best for around six or seven slices of apple or another fruit which complements the pumpkin cream cheese dip. The rest of the directions are very easy and quick to do, taking less than ten minutes altogether to finish. For directions, see below.

  • Get a mixing bowl and place all of the ingredients together in the bowl.
  • Either using your hands or a mixer on medium power, mix everything together until completely mixed with a creamy consistency.
  • Serve at room temperature.

How You Consume Sugar: A Reality Check

How You Consume Sugar: A Reality Check | BeLiteWeight | #weightloss #diabetes #obesity

A friend's mother sent this photo over to us after reading the blog about The Surprising Effects of Sugar on Your Body. We wanted to share it with you because it is a very striking–and scary–visual showing the amounts of sugar that come in some very common drinks. All we could say when seeing it was – WOW!

The Surprising Effects of Sugar on Your Body

The Surprising Effects of Sugar on Your Body It seems that we're surrounded by sugar everywhere we turn these days. From the foods we eat to the drinks we sip, we simply can't get away from it. That's why it's important for you to understand how sugar affects your body and how you can mitigate the damage.

First, let's break down a common misconception that we're only talking about white sugar, because there are lots of sugars out there. Here is a list of the most common sugars that you probably consume far more often than you realize:

  • Glucose
  • Fructose
  • Sucrose
  • Maltose
  • Lactose
  • Syrup
  • Alcohol 

So, now that you know what the sugars are, what's the damage they can cause? To begin, sugar can decrease your body's production of growth hormones, which makes it harder to stay youthful and lean. It can also weaken the body's immune system and interfere with the body's ability to absorb proteins. Combined with the fact that the typical human body changes sugar into fat at between 2-5 times the rate of starches, your sugar habit could quite easily keep you short and plump for a very long time.

Furthermore, sugar has some negative effects on our brains. Indeed, sugar can be as addictive as nicotine. Over time, sugar changes the chemistry of the brain, particularly as it relates to the stimulation of the hypothalamus. This causes "cravings" which your brain tells your body you need to fulfill. So, the next time you reach for a snack, your brain will tell your body it really wants that candy bar that's packed with sugar as opposed to that rice cake which has very little.

So, how can you counter the threat of sugar? First, don't quit eating sugar cold turkey, as this will amplify your cravings. Instead, gradually reduce your sugar intake over a period of time. As you are doing this, gradually replace these harmful sugars with healthier ones such as Xylitol, which can be found in many fibrous vegetables, plums, and even as a packaged sweetener. Over time, your body will gradually stop craving sugar altogether.