Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Is Visalus Or Glucerna Beneficial for Diabetics?

Is Visalus Or Glucerna Beneficial for Diabetics?

Visalus or Glycerna are both good for diabetics, but which one is best? My friend was a type 2 diabetic and has been for 15 years. The way to control or balance sugar is through diet. The problem occurs when you start taking medication for diabetes. Although they help control your sugar they increase your cravings food and most people make the mistake of thinking that the medication will take care of any food they eat except sugar. Many foods turn to sugar once they get into your body like bread, rice, pasta and many others. Their are many alternatives to these foods, but I am here to discuss Visalus and Glucerna. I am not a doctor or nutritionist and make no medical claims, but my friend has studied how to stay healthy with type 2 diabetes since 1997. 
The reason I am making this comparison between Visalus and Glucerna is last night I was watching TV and a commercial came on for Glucerna claiming how good it was for diabetics, because it only had six (6) gram of sugar. This peaked my interest. I originally got involved with Visalus to gain weight which I am. Thank you very much. Weight is the enemy of diabetes too. Obesity and diabetes go hand in hand hence the epidemic of diabetics in this country right now.

What is Visalus and Glucerna?

Both Visalus and Glucerna are shakes and the likeness ends there. Visalus is promoted as a weight loss shake and Glucerna is promoted as good for people with diabetes. So I did some investigating to inform you and to see which one is best for me. It’s very hard to promote a product you don’t believe in.
The Facts.
27 gram of carbs
6 grams of sugar
210 mg of sodium
7 grams of fat (0.05 sat. fat)
7 grams of carbs
1 gram of sugar
75 mg of sodium
1 gram ofat (0.00 sat. fat)
If Glucerna can make the claim it is good for diabetics and do it on TV with I assume the certification of the FDA doesn’t that make Visalus even better for diabetics. I am not making any claims for Visalus here, because the only thing they say about Visalus is diabetic “friendly”. Their main target is losing weight. It is clear to me that I made the right decision with Visalus and have more reason to help other people lose weight and balance their sugar at the same time.

If you would like to know more or order Visalus CLICK HERE. Get on the road to weight loss and help control your sugar even if you don’t have diabetes.

How to Set a Weight Loss Goal

How much weight do you need to lose?

As a starting point, decide on a reasonable target weight for you. As a guideline, most slimming and weight loss professionals use the Body Mass Index (BMI), which looks at a person’s weight in relation to their height,. A BMI of less than 18.5 is considered to be underweight, 18.5-24.9 indicates a healthy weight, 25-29.9 is overweight and 30 or more is obese. Quite simply, the higher your BMI, the greater your risk of health problems. Find out your BMI with the WLR Calculator.
Ideally, you should aim for a target weight that gives you a BMI in the healthy weight range (18.5-24.9), but if you have a considerable amount of weight to lose, this may seem extremely daunting and unachievable. Instead, you might prefer to set an initial weight loss that moves you down a couple of BMI notches, or perhaps shifts you from the obese category (BMI more than 30) to the overweight category (BMI 25-29.9). Research shows that losing just 10 percent of excess weight will improve health – and you can always set yourself new goals along the way.
On the other hand, you might already be in the healthy weight range. But if your weight has gradually been increasing, now’s the time to take control of the situation and lose the extra pounds you’ve gained before you end up becoming medically overweight.
In addition, while many of us might like to slim down to the weight we were on our 18th birthday or on our wedding day, for example, it’s important to be realistic about whether you can really achieve this. For most of us, it’s likely to be impractical – as teenagers we probably played sport every single day, while we perhaps starved ourselves to get into our wedding dress! Instead, it’s better to focus on reaching a target weight that leaves you looking and feeling slim, fit and healthy – rather than skinny.
Once you’ve decided on a realistic weight goal, you’ll be able to work out how long it will take you to reach this.

How long will it take you to reach your target?

While it might be tempting to slash your calorie intake considerably in an effort to lose weight fast, you shouldn’t aim to shift more than 2lb a week – although you may lose slightly more than this when you first start slimming as your body gets rid of water as well as fat. In the long term though, a weight loss of more than 2lb a week means you’ll have to cut calories excessively – and ultimately, this will make it even harder to shift those pounds. Effectively, very low calorie intakes simply push the body into ‘starvation mode’ so that it becomes super efficient at making the most of the calories it actually gets from food and drink. It does this by protecting its fat stores and instead using lean tissue or muscle to provide it with some of the calories it needs to keep functioning. This leads to a loss of muscle, which in turn lowers metabolism so that the body needs fewer calories to keep ticking over and weight loss slows down – not ideal if you want to shift unwanted pounds!

Weight Loss Calculator

Here’s how long you can expect it to take you to lose weight…
Weight to loseNumber of weeks it will take you to lose weight at a rate of…
 1lb a week2lb a week
Half a stone53
1 stone126
2 stone2613
3 stone4020
4 stone5427
5 stone6834
6 stone8241
7 stone9648
8 stone11055
9 stone12462
NB: This is based on losing an extra 2lb in the first few weeks of slimming and weight loss.
So now you’ve set yourself a realistic target weight and know roughly how long it will take to achieve this, you can start to devise a slimming plan that will work for you.

By Dietitian, Juliette Kellow BSc RD