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Weight gain, lack of stamina, high sugar level. Have reactive hypoglycemia. Follow a diet?

Hi, I have reactive hypoglycemia and would like to lose weight. So far, it has been impossible because of the need for frequent meals and the lack of stamina when it comes to exercising. I start off walking without any difficulties but after 30-40 minutes my blood sugar levels will drop. I have already tried Weight Watchers, but because of the no-limit on fruits and vegetables, I never lost more than 3 pounds. If I limit my carbs too much, I fear having a low-sugar attack. What would be a good sensible diet to follow, and by this I mean, what should be my daily carb limit, and fat limit, to keep me in the safety zone and lose weight.
Asked On : Mon, 8 Apr 2013
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Thanks to contact through Healthcare Magic. The goal of treatment for hypoglycemia is to delay the absorption of food. This can be accomplished through changes in eating habits.
-Do not eliminate carbohydrate from the diet.
-Increase your intake of complex carbohydrates (starches). These foods are absorbed more
slowly than simple carbohydrates and therefore do not cause rapid changes in blood sugar levels. Examples of complex carbohydrates are breads, cereals, pasta, rice, vegetables, and legumes.
-Avoid foods high in simple carbohydrates such as jams, jellies, table sugar, honey syrup, molasses, pies, candy, cakes, cookies, pastries and soda pop.
-Increase your intake of fiber. Fiber is the indigestible portion of Fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains. Carbohydrates are absorbed more slowly when they are part of a high fiber meal.
-Eat Fruit-fresh of canned without sugar - rather than drinking juice. The added fiber will slow down sugar absorption.
-Eat smaller meals with snacks between meals and at bedtime.
-Avoid foods and beverages containing caffeine often produces the same symptoms as hypoglycemia and may make you feel worse.
-Avoid alcoholic beverages. Alcohol lowers blood sugar levels, especially on an empty stomach.
-Maintain of achieve desirable body weight. Excess weight interferes with the body's ability to use insulin.
-Decrease you fat intake. A high-fat diet has been shown to interfere with insulin use. Because fat is high in calories, decreasing fat intake will also help you lose weight. If you are at your desirable body weight, replace calories from fat with calories from complex carbohydrates.

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Answered: Sat, 13 Apr 2013
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