Diabetes and Weight Loss
It seems that everyone wants to lose weight… but it’s not so easy to do. Our video covers the three hard truths of weight loss and what we can learn from people who have successfully lost weight and kept it off. Knowledge is power… get smarter and healthier today.
Hi, I’m Ansley from Diabetes- What To Know and I’m here to talk about weight loss. Most people with diabetes want to lose weight—in fact, some people think that doing that is more important than getting their A1c to their goal. That is most definitely not true, but it’s understandable—so many people in our country (people with and without diabetes) are obsessed with dieting and losing weight. Today we’re going to talk about three hard truths of weight loss and cover the four things we can learn from people who have successfully lost weight and kept it off.
The first hard truth is while losing weight can help to delay the onset of diabetes—once you have diabetes, it’s more important to take your medication and keep your numbers in a safe place in order to prevent complications and live a long healthy life. In fact, it’s healthy eating that can improve your health and your diabetes even when it is not accompanied by the weight loss that you hoped for. Your overall goal is health, not a number on the scale.
The second hard truth is that while losing weight is hard but doable—sustaining that weight loss is more difficult. Many people have been successful at losing weight, but the one common result from diet studies is that often the weight loss isn’t maintained. Factors inside our body seem to drive us back to our previous weight, even when we maintain a healthy eating pattern.
The last hard truth is that studies show that weight loss is almost always due to eating less calories overall—even with diets like the Atkins diet that do not specifically count calories. This means that the claims that many diets make about “fat-burning” or “changing your metabolism” just aren’t true. Burning more calories than you consume is still the key to losing weight.
There’s a lot to learn from research that has looked at people who have been successful at losing weight and keeping it off. It turns out that they have several things in common:
First and most significantly, these people continue to exercise—on average, they exercise for more than an hour each day.
Second, although their individual diets vary, all of them monitor their weight and food consumption regularly. Third, their diets tend to be lower in fat. And last, they tend to eat breakfast regularly.
Those are four guidelines that anyone who wants to live a healthier life can follow. And they may help you do something else: to make small but meaningful shifts to healthier food, like eating more fruits and vegetables, lean protein and whole grains. Those changes may or may not affect your weight but they will help your health a LOT. And remember, if you have type 2 diabetes, it’s keeping your numbers in a safe range that matters more than anything else for a long, healthy life. And that’s what you need to know about weight loss and diabetes. Thanks for watching–