You are working hard to drop your weight. You are following your diet, exercising, and yet the scale is not showing any new losses. Family, friends, even your own doctor might blame you and ask if you have been cheating. Or, tell you to just be patient when it is not about patience as much as it is the fear of and doubt that you ever meet your goal. Here are tips to help troubleshoot your low carb diet habits and get back to losing weight.
Having to repeat finger sticks because of human error (i.e., dirty hands) or meter failure due to a poor blood sample can be avoided by taking certain precautions. Here are tips to get it right the first, with less pain and hassle.
If you are eating a lot of artificial or prepared low carb foods and snacks, you may be eating more carbohydrates than you think. Here is the skinny on net carbs, what they are, and why you need to count more than just the net carbs if you want to get the best results from your low carb diet.
Following a low carb diet can lead some dieters into calorie restriction, especially over time. This may sound contrary to the popular misconception that you can eat all the fat and protein you want and not gain weight and that people on low carbohydrate diets eat enormous amounts of calories.
Important tips to help you get the most accurate reading from your home blood glucose meter. From meter accuracy, to preparation to finger stick tips, follow these steps and you will get the best reading possible from your meter. Also, tips on testing on the forearm and other alternative sites.
HYPOGLYCEMIA is when blood glucose levels are too low to be healthy or safe for the body. Hypoglycemia occurs when not enough glucose is in the blood stream. When a person has high blood glucose levels it means that their cells, tissues, and organs (including the brain) are not getting the right amount of glucose energy. Excess glucose in the blood stream excreted in urine, or, depending on medications, exercise level, and if a person produces at least some insulin on their own, may be eventually transported to cells.
The glycemic effect of foods depends on a number of factors such as the type of starch, fat content of the food and increased acidity of the meal – adding vinegar, cheese, or peanut butter, for example, will lower the GI. A low GI food will release energy slowly and steadily and is appropriate for dieters and endurance athletes. A high GI food will provide a rapid rise in blood sugar levels and is suitable for post-endurance exercise energy recovery.