Diabetes and Weight Loss: Preparing for the Challenge

Knowing we should lose weight for our own good, and actually doing it, have always been two very different things.

Though it is important to follow our doctor’s diabetes-related weight loss recommendations, sometimes slimming down starts with preparing our self to meet the challenges involved.

If you are struggling with losing weight, consider the following six issues that can undermine the best of diet and exercise intentions—and maybe talk to your doctor or dietitian about those that are troubling you.

Get Free Diabetes Supplies

See If You Qualify
Call 305-590-5848 Today

  1. Willing or Not. Losing weight requires a willingness to let go of lifestyle habits we have grown accustomed to, and like. To keep the weight off, these changes must be permanent. This may, for instance, mean foregoing our favorite comfort foods most of the time and replacing them with whole grains, veggies, and fruits. It might mean getting up 45 minutes earlier on workdays to make time for regular exercise. How willing are you?
  2. Timing It Right. Since lifestyle changes can be difficult, reflect on whether you are mentally and emotionally available enough to meet the challenge. If you are already dealing with tough relationship issues, an illness, job strain, or financial problems, now might not be the best time to reinvent exercise and eating routines.
  3. Be the Tortoise. Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is a lifelong endeavor. To facilitate success, make sure your weight loss goal is both realistic and safe. For example, you might set an initial target of losing 10 percent of your current weight, and then aim at dropping a pound or two per week to achieve that goal. Gradual, steady weight loss is generally more sustainable over time.
  4. Feeling Factor. Many of us use food to soothe uncomfortable feelings such as grief, anger, boredom, loneliness, and stress. If you are an emotional eater, or have a history of an eating disorder, consider the wisdom of addressing this issue with a doctor or mental health professional before starting a weight loss program.
  5. Support Success. People generally have more weight loss success when they are supported and held accountable. If there is no family or friend to cheer on your efforts and provide encouragement, think about joining an in-person or online weight loss support group. If you intend to keep your efforts private, consider keeping a journal or log of your diet and activities, joining an online program, or engaging a health coach.
  6. Dread or Determination. Having a positive, adventurous attitude helps people stay the weight loss course. You are more likely to succeed if you have embraced the challenge, are focused on how good you will feel, and can see yourself enjoying new foods and activities along the way.

There will never be a perfect time to start a weight loss program, and no amount of preparation will make the process easy. However, we can make our success more probable by aligning - as much as possible - our attitude, emotions, supports, and diet goals with what is required for a healthier future.

Source: Mayo Clinic
Photo credit: Natasia Causse

Get Free Diabetic Supplies

For a limited time only, you can reduce diabetic supplies costs by more than 90%. Enrolling just take a few minutes. Fill out the form, speak to a representative and get diabetic supplies delivered to your door at little or no cost. Also, you will get a free Diabetes Meal Plan from a Registered Dietitian-Certified Diabetes Educator.

Enter your information below to see if you qualify.

By clicking Submit, you agree to send your info to InformationAboutDiabetes.com who may contact you with updates and information and we agree to use it according to our privacy policy.

More Articles

Chamomile tea has long been prized for its calming properties, but few people realize it’s also beneficial for glucose regulation. Traditionally,...

Matcha tea is a rich, creamy, full-bodied beverage with amazing nutritional properties that address several diabetes health concerns. The trace...

One way to ensure our body gets a variety of nutrients is eating nutrient-dense foods, and one of the most nutrient-dense foods on our planet is...

It would be interesting to know how many people with diabetes actually use blood glucose control solutions to regularly check the accuracy of...

A mood is an internal state or condition of feeling. It colors everything else we experience, much like colored sunglasses add a tint to...

More Articles

You may think beer, wine, and liquor would be categorized as food, but in reality, alcohol is a drug. Just like medications, alcohol has powerful...

When it comes to certain foods, there are always questions as to whether or not a diabetic can have them without...

Hot weather does not directly alter blood glucose levels. However, sweltering temperatures affect our metabolism and the release of hormones. Heat...

Chamomile tea has long been prized for its calming properties, but few people realize it’s also beneficial for glucose regulation. Traditionally,...

Those who have not yet been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes can greatly reduce their susceptibility by doing one key...

With such a marked increase in the number of new diabetes cases, more people are wondering if type 1 diabetes...

Although diabetes is common, many people who have been diagnosed do not completely understand how it develops or whether it is hereditary....

It would be interesting to know how many people with diabetes actually use blood glucose control solutions to regularly check the accuracy of...

Any sweetener you use to replace table sugar is a sugar substitute. One type of sugar substitute is artificial sweetener. Three other types...

One way to ensure our body gets a variety of nutrients is eating nutrient-dense foods, and one of the most nutrient-dense foods on our planet is...

The different sugar content of fruits can be confusing when you are trying to manage your...

A diabetes meal plan is a guide indicating what types of foods, and how much of them, people should eat at meal and snack time. Following a meal...

Not only is dry skin uncomfortable, but scratched or cracked skin is also susceptible to bacterial and fungal infections – common medical...

Because it is Peripheral Neuropathy Awareness Week (May 7-13), this article is about a device people with neuropathy may not be aware of—a device...

=It’s helpful to know the difference between a food’s total grams of carbohydrate, and net grams of carbohydrate since only net carbs affect blood...