The Low Carb Jumpstart


For a low carb lifestyle

A low carbohydrate lifestyle is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. Your carbohydrate goals may look different from someone else reducing their carbohydrate intake. It is important to talk with your clinician or other member of your care team to determine what carbohydrate goal makes the most sense for you.

Talk to the clinician who manages your diabetes before you start a low carbohydrate meal plan.

Managing your medications

Certain medications should not be used in combination with a low carb meal plan. These include a class of medications called “SGLT2 Inhibitors” which include Jardiance (empagliflozin), Invokana (canagliflozin), Farxiga (dapagliflozin), and Steglatro (ertugliflozin). This also includes combination medications containing an SGLT2 Inhibitor such as SEGLUROMET, XIGDUO, Synjardy, Synjardy XR, Invokamet, Glyxambi, QTERN, and Trijardy XR.

Certain medications often need to be adjusted before you start a low carb meal plan. These include Insulins (such as Humalog, Novolog, Lantus and Basaglar, etc.) and the class of medications called “Sulfonylureas” (such as Amaryl (glimepiride), Glucotrol (glipizide), Diabeta (glyburide), tolbutamide, Tolinase (tolazamide), Diabinese (chlorpropamide), etc).

If you take blood pressure medications, your clinician may need to adjust or stop your medication before you start a low carb eating plan.

We strongly recommend that you have a scheduled visit with your clinician to review your low carb eating plan and your medications before your embark on your JUMPSTART journey.

Keeping You Safe

Talk to your clinician about the symptoms of low blood sugar and low blood pressure and how to treat them as you change your eating plan.

Setting goals

Setting realistic goals for your low carb lifestyle will keep you focused and motivated. They provide a plan for change as you transition to a healthier lifestyle.

Choosing goals is optional. If you prefer to skip this step, jump to Build A Meal to start creating low carb meals.

Create your goals using the options below, and then click the download button to print your goals or save as a PDF.

Choose your carb goal

Remember that reducing the amount of carbohydrates in your diet will reduce your blood sugar. Patients taking insulin or some oral medications like Sulfonylureas are especially at risk of having low blood sugar levels when they eat less carbohydrates. If you are on one of these medications, you may need to reduce your dose before starting a low carb lifestyle in order to prevent you from having low blood sugar. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t lower your carb intake, it just means you should discuss it with your clinician.

Consider adding additional goals

Consider setting some additional goals to follow throughout this program. These goals, combined with a reduced carb intake, will help you manage your type 2 diabetes.

A new window will open and you will be prompted to print or save to PDF.

Now that you have set your goals, tracking your progress will help you stay motivated.