Here is a question for you: how long can you go without eating? Have you asked yourself this question before? Often people shy away from attempting any challenge that could benefit their health because it takes a lot of work. Many Type 2 diabetics are quick to say they would love to lose weight but when it comes time to put in the work, they start looking for excuses.
To lose weight you have to eat fewer calories than your body expends. This is common knowledge for many adults. Generally speaking, there are two ways of doing this…
- you can eat less, or
- you can exercise more.
Ideally, you will combine the two methods for a healthy balance. And to see results, you will have to stick with the two methods. There is no point in doing it for a week or two, only to give up because progress is slower than what you initially expected.Even though physical activity is a significant factor in weight loss, nutrition always comes first. The only way you can lose weight is if you control your caloric intake. You can exercise as much as you want, but if you are not keeping your food choices in check, there is a good chance you will not be getting anywhere. It is a harsh truth, but it must be understood.
Why is it important to know how long you can go without eating? The best way to limit your calories is to periodically fast. You can fast in the morning, evening, or between lunch and dinner. It depends on what works best for you. What matters most is you can tame your hunger so it no longer impairs your ability to control your blood sugar and lose weight.
One reason many people with Type 2 diabetes have hyperglycemia is they are often eating. They have been led to believe eating many small meals a day is healthy, and that it is conducive to a healthy metabolism (whatever that means). The truth is, several daily meals are rarely conducive to better health, and it usually leads to unstable blood sugar readings and overeating.
Ideally, you will learn to keep your hunger at bay through a combination of willpower and proper eating…
- if you eat more protein and fiber instead of mostly carbohydrates, you will feel full for longer periods of time.
- if you drink more water and quit your snacking habit, you will likely find you can wait until dinner after you have eaten lunch.
- if you can resist mild levels of hunger between your main meals on a regular basis, you will likely have more weight loss success.
And if you have high blood sugar, you can also count on seeing your levels decrease over time.