What is a Dieting Plan?

A dieting plan refers to a regulated eating strategy designed for weight loss and healthy living. These plans typically emphasize nutrient-rich foods with the least amount of calories.

Other types of diet plans address specific food intolerances or allergies. These require special dietary alterations, which are often more difficult to sustain.

Diabetes Prevention

Most cases of type 2 diabetes can be prevented by keeping weight in check, eating healthy and getting plenty of exercise. These same lifestyle changes also help to prevent heart disease and some cancers.

Talk with a doctor to learn more about diabetes prevention and treatment. Your doctor may refer you to a center that offers a Diabetes Prevention Program research-based, 1-year lifestyle change program.

Create a dieting plan that fits with your lifestyle. Find a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) who specializes in diabetic meal planning and can provide support. Consider joining a diet support group for people with diabetes or prediabetes. Look for programs at local hospitals, health departments, community centers or churches.

Fill half of your plate with non-starchy vegetables and a quarter with lean protein and low-salt carbs like whole grains and fruit. Avoid large portion sizes by using smaller plates and drinking from a small glass or water bottle, and by carrying a snack like an apple or a handful of nuts to curb hunger between meals.