When it comes to exercise, many people do just fine. Not everyone has an inactive lifestyle. Some people have a job where they are on their feet for most or all of the day. Others play a sport every week because it is a hobby and they enjoy it: so they are regularly active. Some people are gym rats and are in and out of the gym on several days of the week. Not surprisingly, exercise can be addictive. It brings on a positive mood and a surge in energy levels while doing well for the body.
With that said, exercise should never be used to rationalize or attempt to fix poor nutrition. Here is what is meant by this: food is still number one. You are encouraged to exercise as much as possible within reason. It will only help you. But if you think this allows you to have greater freedom with your eating plan, you would be mistaken. Or worse – if you are using the activity as a way of attempting to fix your poor food choices.
Admittedly, much of this has to do with body weight. You will find many people do not struggle with exercising but have a hard time maintaining a healthy body weight. They might even joke about their exercise routine making them fat when they realize their body weight is not changing, or they are gaining weight. For weight loss – nutrition is number one. For health, the same often applies.
Remember, food is fuel for your body, and if you are not providing your body with high-quality nutrients, you are depriving your body of what it needs…
1. You cannot outrun the fork. Exercise as much as you like – but if you are eating more than your body needs, you will put on weight. Even if you are at the gym for two hours and having the best workouts of your life.
2. You must be careful with how you eat. Frequent meals will keep your blood sugar levels high. Insulin responses stimulate your appetite. So this means frequent meals are more likely to make you eat more, rather than less, even if your portion sizes are smaller.
3. You must also mind what you eat. Fats carry a lot of calories, so even if the whipped cream you are eating is sugar-free, it might be calorie dense. And sugars! Be very careful with them, always.
At the end of the day, you need to exercise and eat well. It is not one or the other. And never use exercise as a fix for poor nutrition.
Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.