When obesity is factored into the equation, the occurrence of type 2 diabetes and heart disease rises. The theory behind “The Blood Sugar Solution Diet” is that by controlling insulin levels in the body, people can vastly improve their health.
This six-week program involves a lifestyle change that also results in weight loss for most people. While the plan might sound like the “newest, greatest” thing, the approach is down-to-earth and incorporates the best of various healthy living concepts.
There are 8 specific aspects the program focuses on, which include:
- Boosting nutrition
- Regulating hormones
- Reducing inflammation in the body
- Improving digestion
- Maximizing detoxification in the body
- Enhancing energy metabolism
- Soothing the mind
- A 6-week diet plan
The book, “The Blood Sugar Solution” goes into detail about each of these concepts and then offers readers a detailed plan to help control their blood sugar levels, alleviate illness and lose weight.
Each week of the 6-week program, dieters are given one specific aspect of the program to focus on and are given specific tasks to do. Dieters might work on exercise, stress management or adding nutritional supplements to their daily diet.
While anyone can follow this diet, people who already have diabetes should follow the “advanced” version of the plan, which provides a more restrictive program, and includes elimination of starchy vegetables, fruit and grains. Some dieters will “qualify” for the advanced program based on how they answer questions on a quiz available in the book.
The program requires some sacrifice on the part of the dieters. At the start of the program, dieters are asked to eliminate most foods from their diet (leaving mostly fruits, lean protein and non-starchy vegetables as acceptable foods). After a period of time, dieters slowly add certain foods back into their daily regimen and they note how their bodies feel. This is designed to allow people to determine which foods create problems for them. While it’s not a particularly easy method, it’s one that can be effective for many people.
Some of the recommended foods on this plan include: broccoli, cauliflower, chickpeas, walnuts, apple, red pepper, natural peanut butter, cashews, eggs, chicken, shrimp, tofu, olive oil, green tea, dark chocolate, pomegranate, lamb and turkey.
Pros and Cons
- Provides a usable and understandable approach to managing blood sugar disorders
- Can be adapted to vegan and vegetarian diets
- Includes discussion not just of food, but of exercise, stress management and proper sleep
- Easy to adapt the diets with busy lifestyles, vacations and frequently eating out
- Encourages the idea of creating a strong social network
- Can require the use of many nutritional supplements, which could make this program prohibitively expensive for some people
- Dieters are asked to eliminate foods, and some eliminations could be permanent
- Could require extra time in the kitchen to prepare the variety of fresh food that’s required
The book, “The Blood Sugar Solution” can be purchased for a retail price of $27.99. Some additional costs will be associated with this program, including the use of nutritional supplements and a higher cost for food.
Dr. Mark Hyman is a researcher, educator, physician and New York Times best-selling author. He has said that his research into obesity, diabetes and other conditions showed him that a new dietary norm was necessary throughout the world. The “Blood Sugar Solution” is a consumer-friendly approach that gives dieters a detailed approach to improving their health, regulating insulin levels and losing weight.
Sample Of The Diet
Omelet with herbs and avocado
Chicken breast salad with steamed collard wraps
Natural peanut butter
Vegetable sticks (such as carrots, celery and jicama)
Chicken and lentil stew
Kale quinoa with almonds
This diet could be revolutionary for dieters who are willing to make a drastic change to improve their health. However, it can be expensive and time consuming. Dieters should read through the program carefully and make adjustments to suit their tastes and needs. Once they are educated, dieters might be able to create their own supplement plan that could be cheaper for them.
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