Type 2 Diabetes
Diabetes Dieting: What to Eat to Lose Weight on the 2-Day Diet
Dieting just two days a week blasts fat and balances blood sugar.
What is the 2-day diet?
There’s a lot of buzz right now about intermittent fasting—the popular eating plan that strictly limits caloric intake for two days of the week but permits larger portions for the rest of the week. But does it make sense for people with type 2 diabetes? Although research is limited, small, short-term studies show it may help some people lose weight. One study published in 2018 in BMJ suggests intermittent fasting may even help control type 2 diabetes. These are the life-saving things you must do if you have diabetes.
What’s on the menu
We asked certified diabetes educator Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, who developed the 2-Day Diabetes Diet to create this simple and delicious menu. You don’t have to count carbs, calories, fat grams, or anything else—all you have to do is follow the special eating style in which you “Power Burn” two days a week and “Nourish” the rest of the week.
How to “Power Burn” and “Nourish”
On Power Burn days, you’ll fill up on low-calorie, low-carbohydrate foods that include delicious soups, tasty stir fries, and luscious homemade smoothies. You’ll throw weight loss into high gear by consuming only 650 calories, but without hunger or cravings thanks to three satisfying meals and a snack. This shifts your metabolism into fat-burning mode, which shrinks fat cells and helps reduce inflammation and insulin resistance. The other five days, you’ll stoke your metabolism with 1,500 calories’ worth of foods inspired by the Mediterranean diet—an eating style proven to bring down inflammation and reverse insulin resistance. Here’s how to put this diabetes dieting practice into effect and lose weight. And that’s a good health goal, because losing this many pounds could potentially control and in some people, possibly reverse type 2 diabetes.
The Power-Burn breakfast
Eat this two days a week: Omelet made with 2 egg whites and 1/2 cup onions and peppers cooked in non-fat cooking spray; 1 cup low fat yogurt
The Nourish breakfast
Eat this five days a week: Yogurt parfait made with 1 cup low-fat yogurt, layered with 1/2 cup whole-grain cereal and 1 cup blackberries, topped with 1 tablespoon of chopped walnuts
The Nourish lunch
Eat this five days a week: A wrap made with one 12-inch whole-grain tortilla, filled with 5 ounces deli turkey breast, 1/2 cup sliced raw hot peppers, 1/4 cup sliced onion, 1/4 cup diced tomato, and 2 tablespoons hummus; 1 cup garden salad topped with 1 tablespoon dressing
The Power-Burn dinner
Eat this twice a week: Grilled chicken kebabs; 1/2 cup zucchini cooked with cooking spray and 1/4 cup whole-grain pasta, 1 cup 2% milk
The Nourish dinner
Eat this five times a week: Summer garden soup, served with 5 oz. broiled pork tenderloin, 3 oz sweet potato topped with 1 teaspoon trans-fat–free spread, and 1/2 cup prepared collard greens sautéed in 1 teaspoon olive oil. Don’t miss the 9 things you never knew about type-2 diabetes.
The Power-Burn snack
Eat this two days a week: Grapes. Be sure you know the best and worst diabetic drinks to have with each meal.
The Nourish snack
Eat this five days a week: Sliced apple topped with cinnamon; 1 cup 2% milk. Don’t miss these diabetes myths that could be sabotaging your health.
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