Are you struggling with weight loss? Trying to reverse Type 2 diabetes? Your relationship with food is pivotal: for better or worse it is going to impact your results. It is in your best interest to ensure the way you eat facilitates your efforts and helps you reach your objectives.
First, you must change the way you think about food. Only then will you be able to make consistent progress with weight loss. Being careful with your food choices is a must if you are to successfully treat your Type 2 diabetes because much depends on the way you eat.
How you eat is just as important as what you eat. You already know a healthy diet containing the following is important…
- fruits and vegetables,
- lean meats or alternative sources of protein, and
- essential fats.
Sensible portion sizes are especially crucial if you are working on weight loss as there is no fat loss without a caloric deficit. So you do have to monitor your calories, even if it is just through estimates.
But your eating habits themselves also deserve your attention. Do you have…
- a tendency to eat late at night,
- snack between meals, or
- drink a sweetened beverage along with your meals?
There will be several poor habits affecting your progress. These are just a few of the common ones. If you change the way you think about food, it should help you limit or eliminate your unhealthy habits and replace them with the type conducive to your goals.
Start thinking about food primarily as sustenance. Your first reason to eat is that you must – not because you feel a craving. There is a difference. Start taking a moment to consider whether or not the need you feel is because you are hungry. Here is a hint: if you just had a decent meal three or four hours earlier, you are not hungry.
An empty stomach is no reason to eat. But your body will send the signal anyway, tempting you to snack on something. Don’t. Start eating when you are hungry and due for a meal. Eating when you are hungry can solve your weight loss problems or, at the very least, stop you from gaining weight. To be fair, it can be difficult to tell at first. That is why it is key to drink water throughout the day. Drink a large glass of water whenever you feel a craving. Afterward, does the urge to eat stay the same or decrease? Many times you will find you are thirsty instead of hungry.
It helps to start seeing food as a way of strengthening your health. The vitamins and minerals found in rich foods do make a difference. Eating well over the long-term will improve your appearance and make you feel great, never mind help with…
- lowering blood sugar, and
- increasing weight loss.
Changing the way you think about food is a process. You can start today.