Many people with diabetes believe they need to follow a special diet in order to be healthy. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), however, people with diabetes can eat foods similar to people without, as long as they follow some simple guidelines. A 1,200 calorie diet using these guidelines is a low-calorie diet that may help you lose weight.
ADA Dietary Guidelines
The ADA takes an approach similar to the MyPlate system. Instead of measuring portion sizes, the ADA recommends dividing your plate into three sections.
- Imagine a line right down the middle of your plate.
- Fill one full side of the line with non-starchy vegetables such as broccoli, green beans, or leafy greens.
- On the other side of the plate, imagine a line down the middle, dividing it into two small sections.
- Fill one of these smaller parts with a starch such as potatoes, bread, or brown rice.
- Fill the other part with meat, fish, poultry, or other lean proteins.
- Add an 8 ounces of lowfat dairy or another small portion of carbs.
- Add a small piece of fruit.