control blood sugar
How does protein affect blood sugar control? It is digested more slowly than carbohydrates therefore it doesn’t tend to cause high spikes in your blood sugar. Fat is also in this category.
However, it is better to have a mix of protein, fat and carbohydrate in every meal. You need the carbs for quick energy, the protein for slower digestion to keep feeding you energy and VERY IMPORTANT keep you from feeling those hunger pains. Fat is also digested more slowly and you need some fat each day for two reasons, first to control blood sugar by slower digestion and second…your brain cells contain fat so you need to feed it!
The secret to all of this eating is to establish a daily calorie intake, decide on menus for the day, divide up your intake into three meals and two snacks. Include protein, fat and carbohydrates in all of them while staying within your calorie allocation.
Here is a suggestions to help out with your dieting. Look to the right sidebar under Carolyn Recommends there is a very inexpensive booklet that is small enough to take with with you . It is great for looking up food and finding out what a serving is and how many calories! It deals in exchanges but all an exchange does is list the serving size and calories for different foods and often groups foods into categories.
Below is a link to a company that prepares fresh meals and ships them to you, but they do have a very handy calculator that you can use for free to help you decide how much you can eat and still lose weight.