If you’re overweight chances are you have thought about losing weight once or twice. If you have diabetes or are at risk of getting it you should stop thinking about losing weight and start doing — like NOW! Why? Because excess weight puts extra stress on your body and it actually increases your insulin resistance.
Imagine towing a motorcycle on the back of your car. You’ll still be able to drive fast on the interstate, but your car’s engine will be working a little bit harder. Now imagine you tow a boat, not just any boat, a yacht. That engine in your car is going to be working harder and harder and eventually it’s going to wear down and not work as well.
The harsh honest truth is that being overweight or obese makes your body work harder. It also increases your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes or complications of diabetes.
Your ‘engine’ might already be working too hard, but it’s not too late to take control. Lighten that load! You would be surprised by how a small amount of weight loss can improve not only your blood sugar, but your overall well being. What I know in the diabetes world is 7-10% weight loss will reduce your risks by up to 60%. This means if you weigh 200 lbs, losing 14-20 lbs really packs a punch on your health (in a good way).
Have you ever lost weight before and literally just felt better? You’re not towing that boat behind you anymore! Woo hooo! But then before you know it you have gained some of your weight back and maybe even more than you lost. Sometimes you’re left wondering, what happened?
How do I lose weight and keep it off?
There is no magic pill or formula – it’s simple, through a combination of exercise, nutrition and portion control AND being consistent.
Make sure you check out this post on what foods will be best for you during your weight loss journey.
The Exercise Factor
If you are overweight or obese and have diabetes you need to exercise. Period. There is no way around this.
The key is to find something that you like. Try a bunch of different exercises, as medically able or course, and see what works for you.
Think of it this way – insulin is that hormone that lowers your blood sugar. Exercise also lowers your blood sugar, so in a way – exercise is “invisible” insulin. Your muscles want to utilize the blood sugar in your body and burn it for fuel. Why wouldn’t you take advantage of this FREE medicine? I know, I know it’s easier said than done. Trust me, I’ve been there. You may not think that when you look at me, but I’m human and I’ve struggled with weight loss and keeping it off.
Truth is, I still struggle with my weight. It’s something I think about everyday and it’s hard. But hard doesn’t mean you can’t do it. Can you imagine if you stopped at every road block in life – where would you end up? Life gives you challenges that you can overcome! It’s a test of strength and we all have it inside of us… you just have to dig deep.
If you’re serious about losing weight and healing your diabetes, working out has to be a part of your lifestyle.
Remember, without consistency, you’ll see no progress!
What challenges do you find with weight loss? Do you feel like your nutrition and meal planning are at fault for you not being at a healthy weight? Comment below and let’s get chatting on a very important topic.