I’m Diabetic and I Want To Lose Weight
Diabetes and Weight Loss
This article is about weight loss and diabetes as a whole. It is not specific to type 1 or type 2. A lot can be taken away from article as well as from this ENTIRE site weather you are Diabetic 1 or 2 or just a non diabetic wanting to lose weight.
Type 2 diabetes is very closely associated with weight, with over 90% of newly diagnosed type 2 diabetics above their ideal weight.
Being overweight can hurt your confidence, and getting back to a healthy weight can seem like a never-ending challenge.
However, losing some weight could both prevent you from developing diabetes, or help you to better manage your disease if you have already been diagnosed with diabetes.
First things first
First off, work out how overweight you actually are.
Most people will have an intuitive sense of what a healthy weight is for them, but understanding how much you have to lose can make all the difference in having clear goals.
Talking about weight loss can be tough, particularly if you do not know your doctor or diabetes specialist very well, but understanding weight loss can make all the difference.
How overweight am I ? – Now is a good time to find out how overweight you are. You can find great online calculators to establish your BMI as well as your waist to hip ratio. My personal opinion is that BMI tests are bogus and not accurate BUT a good start.
BMI, or Body Mass Index, calculates one’s mass per unit of surface area. Due to this, those with a high proportion of muscle (for example, athletes) may have a very high BMI.
However, this is no indication of your fitness nor of your general health. Furthermore, some critics argue that age isn’t taken into consideration.
Get ready to lose weight and keep motivated
Getting into the right frame of mind to lose weight can be half the battle for some people. Get your head in good shape and allow the body to follow.
What can you do?
Read up as much as you can, including topics such as diabetes and obesity, and diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Ask me as many questions as you like and/or alternatively lets get a training plan going specific to you, your goals and your current abilities and limitations so we may get you feeling and looking better than ever before ! 😉
“Remember Diabetes prevention and better control starts with losing weight”
Nutrition is one of (if not the most), important factors in weight control and in this case diabetes control. Everything we eat determines what our sugar levels do. Nutrition is however the hardest discipline to learn as it is SO strongly effected by not only the choices we are aware of making but by things such as the company we keep, social circles, upbringing and culture. These are not often the things we put into consideration and are at most times the reasons we fail at this challenge.
This discipline is first learnt by training. I wont go too far off the beaten track but I am a Gym owner as well as a Strength and Conditioning Coach and my motto is pretty much this :
The lessons learned through physical training are unavoidable. The character traits required and developed through physical training are universally applicable to all endeavours. Perseverance, industry, sacrifice, self-control, integrity, honesty, and commitment are best and easiest learned in the gym. Even clients who have found spectacular success in business, sport, war, or love find their most important values, refined, and nourished in rigorous training.
Start learning these lessons by applying it to a fitness regime. Eating well, eating often enough, training when its the last thing you feel like doing, waking up early etc. This will teach you what it requires to get things done and more importantly give you the discipline to get them done when everything else is telling you otherwise.
From here ( about 3 months into you training / exercise regime get in touch with a Nutritionist. My personal opinion ( the whole of Diabetic Athletic is my opinion ;-), is to find a nutritionist who completely understands diabetes and an absolute plus knows how to teach you to carb count. Basically knowing how many units of insulin to give for every gram of carbs you eat. This is a sure fire way to gain the most control.
You will have prepared yourself for the nutritional chapter of your journey, will have already been on a fitness regime ( which will get easier with good nutrition ), and will start to reap the rewards for all the sacrifice, time, dedication and determination to get YOUR life and YOUR diabetes on track. You may even be like me and be grateful that you finally too that step to control your diabetes instead of letting it control you.