One of the dirty secrets of treatment of Type 2 Diabetes and Diabetics is that most doctors take the approach that it is nearly impossible to get people to lose weight. As a result, the treatment pays lip service to "diet and lifestyle improvements" and just gives you medications that often result in greater weight gain and increased diabetes.
So the question is- what do you think? The reality is that Type 2 diabetes can be cured, not just managed or made part of your lifestyle. There are a bunch of ways to lose weight that work. This blog post highlights several of them, and they are all different approaches. Some of it is very mainstream, and other approaches are a little new. But they all work in different ways, and the bottom line is that you can lose more weight than you ever thought possible, as long as you start to think and act a little differently.
This is what we do at PEERtrainer- we help people make massive change, one step at a time, and we base this all in the reality of how people really live. Just start to mix up your patterns. Do one thing this week, just one thing. If you approach each week like this, you will make massive changes over time that will stun your doctor. It is also really important that if you follow any of the steps below and you start to lose weight, go to your doctor immediately to make sure your medications are in the proper dosage.
Step 1: Glycemic Control and Portion Control
The first step is obviously get the blood sugar under control. This is what your doctor just told you and we'd be very curious to hear the specific things you were told. Leave them in the comments in the bottom of this blog post, we really want to hear them. The ultimate treatment (and potential cure) of Type 2 Diabetes is a diet very high in plant based foods, especially greens.
However, first things first. You need to get your portions under control and do so in a way that brings your glucose levels inline. And the best way to do this is to lose weight. You might want to consider a meal delivery service like NutriSystem for the first few months. NutriSystem programs for diabetics like NutriSystem D
are clinically proven to help get things under control for you.
The reason this might be a good idea is that for most people dieting is hard. NutriSystem makes it easy, and basically costs nothing for most people. You already spend money for food, more than you probably think. You simply shift the cost to this program. They also do a fairly good job of giving you support and also showing you how to start adding more plant-based foods into your diet.
It may be that you can adopt a healthy diet on your own instantly, but be open to making it easy on yourself and finding ways of boosting your odds of success.
Step 2: Get Massive Motivation and Support
You can make incredible changes in your lifestyle. But as we said earlier, the odds of your immediate friends and family being a negative influence in your life is pretty high. So you are going to need to look outside your immediate circle for daily influence and ideas. To plug PEERtrainer for a second, we have some incredible resources to support and motivate you. The single most effective free tool we have right now is the PEERtrainer Tip Of The Day Program
. This will give you massive motivation and support via daily emails. Click on that link to learn a little more, but it is a really cool program.
There are a ton of other resources out there to help you, and just be open to new ideas as much as you can. One of the things we really focus on is helping build your level of belief that massive positive change is possible.
Step 3: Begin The Path To Nutritional Excellence
We firmly believe that people need to make the first steps towards weight loss as easy and doable as possible. That is why we view things like the NutriSystem Diet
to be a very realistic first step. But down the road you are going to need to read Eat To Live
Or Eat For Health
and learn about the work of Dr. Joel Fuhrman. We go out of our way to credit Dr. Fuhrman with pioneering the field of "nutritional excellence." He is influencing the entire diet industry and has been instrumental in the development of Weight Watchers new Momentum Program
and was a core influence of Dr. Ian Smith's Fat Smash Diet
This three step process that we outlined will help you with both the short term and long term aspects of getting your Type 2 Diabetes in control. If you do start to adopt the high nutrient diet over time that Dr. Fuhrman recommends- only 10% animal protein, high amounts of greens and salads each day- make sure to see your doctor and make sure any medications you are taking are at the right levels.
No matter what you do, make sure to check out the PEERtrainer Tip Of The Day
page. You also might want to join PEERtrainer and start logging your food and exercise each day to make sure your portions are really under control and you get support. And if you feel like you need some help getting started, don't be afraid to get some help with a company like NutriSystem.
Step 4: You Have Started A Good Faith Effort To Lose Weight, But Are Having A Hard Time
If you have started to make some better decisions but are not having the results you want, you probably need to make some more adjustments. Eliminating wheat and gluten in your diet is a very good idea, and more and more doctors are recommending that people with Type 2 diabetes reduce gluten
As you reduce your wheat and gluten, you want to really step on the gas with Stage 3 of this process. As you increase your greens and vegetable consumption, you are going to be giving your body the nutrients it needs. This will help to reduce your food cravings. You need to be patient here, but you will find that as you eat the right foods your system will begin to regulate itself better.
Removing dairy from your diet is likely to help a great deal as well. Many people are lactose intolerant to varying degrees. You never know until you try.
Reversing Type 2 Diabetes