Has diabetic weight loss become a constant struggle? There are reasons why, and it's not just about willpower. If you understand what you are fighting, you will know how to avoid common diabetic weight loss mistakes.
For a type 2 diabetic it can't just be about dieting but about really changing - what you choose to eat, what you like to do with your time, and how you think.
We need to understand that there is something wrong with how we nourish ourselves at a basic level.
It is far more than a personal problem, or type 2 diabetes would not be a worldwide epidemic.
For most people becoming a type 2 diabetic happened after years of making unhealthy choices.
Some of those choices involved sedentary jobs and hobbies that did not include exercise.
We have been eating a traditional Western diet with lots of processed grain and sweet drinks. We love fast food with its familiar saturated fats and hidden sugars.
No one told us that too much sugar suppresses our immune system, keeping our bodies from being able to use vitamin C.
We were unaware that processing wheat takes out all of the B vitamins that were in the whole grain.
When we left the colorful vegetables out of our diet, we didn't know we were depriving ourselves of minerals and antioxidants.
Overloading on high glycemic and highly processed foods has led to the wearing down of insulin making cells and other hormone responses.
We've eaten the wrong things for years, breaking down our natural defenses.
But after a while the suppressed immune function and imbalance from too much blood sugar and too much insulin brought us to the point of insulin resistance.
And if the problem was not caught early we began to see the results in cataracts, heart disease, strokes, sleep apnea, kidney disease, liver disease and obesity.
The human body has a great capacity for repairing itself and living with damage if it is given good tools. That is why knowing about superfoods with antioxidants is so important.
And the sooner you change what you eat and raise your activity level, the sooner diabetic weight loss starts to reverse the damage.
Knowing your body's needs is crucial if you want to begin helping instead of hindering its natural desire to heal.
This is one reason it's a bad idea to try to lose weight on a super low calorie diet. Your body will fight you every step of the way, and diabetic weight loss becomes a huge battle.
People who starve themselves do lose weight, but they do not heal. Your body needs a certain amount of carbohydrates, protein and fats of all kinds for its processes to work the way they should.
Cutting out fat and salt can show quick results in weight loss, but research is showing that it can also kill you.
Without cholesterol your neurological system won't work, and without salt your heart goes haywire. Without protein your body will break down its own muscle to get amino acids.
And without enough calories your body goes into starvation mode and tries to conserve as much as it can in fat stores. Long term diabetic weight loss cannot happen at such a cost.
Remember, research has proven this - your body does not want to be obese. If you find the right balance, it will do the rest. Find that balance and diabetic weight loss will happen.
The balance comes from eating enough calories to be healthy, but eating the ones that give your body what it needs. Whole foods must replace processed foods.
Buy vegetables, fruits, and meats from the outside edges of the grocery store instead of the shopping for prepackaged food on the inside aisles.
If you stop using the high glycemic, heavily processed foods you will find yourself eating a low carbohydrate diet without much effort. That diet has been proven more effective for diabetic weight loss than a calorie-restricted diet.
The same kind of eating will reduce insulin resistance, lower your C-peptide levels (the marker for high insulin in your bloodstream that signals cancer risk and inflammatory diseases), and reduce your blood sugar too.
All of that will happen right along with diabetic weight loss. But it comes at a price. You have to make real changes in your food choices, no matter what people around you are doing.
It may be hard to wean off of high glycemic foods, because you might have to fight sugar addiction. However, when the results start showing up, that may be enough encouragement to really change how you think.
Add some exercise several times a week. If you do that from now on, your weight loss will be permanent. I know it can be done.
I'm using myfitnesspal.com, a free website, to track my progress. Here's how I'm doing.
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