Type 2 diabetics are no different to non-diabetics: cutting calories means cutting body fat. With so many Type 2 diabetics being overweight, this is really important. Here are a few points on how to lose weight by trimming calories...
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1. Start out light. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But that doesn't mean you have to eat like a Sumo wrestler. Instead of going with a traditional heavy breakfast, try a light cereal instead. There are plenty of low-calorie cereals on the market that taste great when you add in some fresh fruit.
2. Make a sweet switch. The main part of your meal is over and it's time to indulge in dessert. But wait! Instead of diving into the cheesecake, why not have a bowl of fresh fruit instead? You're probably thinking "are you crazy, it's cheesecake!", but hear me out. Just once, replace dessert with fruit. If you can't bring yourself to make such a sacrifice, at least cut the cheesecake in half and supplement with a little fruit.
3. Avoid the impulse. Many people go to the grocery store with a list of healthy items to buy. But few people come home with only what was on their list. We almost always pick up extra items we didn't originally intend to purchase, called "impulse buys". And these are almost always not the healthiest of choices, either.
4. Cut it in half. We have all grown accustomed to eating two halves of bread when we eat a food in the bread family. Regardless of if it's a sandwich, an English muffin, etc., we always feel as if it is necessary to eat both the top and bottom half in a bread product. But what if we made our sandwich and only used the bottom half? Sounds kind of crazy, but we do it with toast. As long as you don't pile ingredients on too high, you can hold the bread from the bottom and save the top half of the calories.
5. Skip the sugar. Most recipes call for sugar as an ingredient. But even one teaspoon of sugar adds 15 calories to the finished product. If your cooking recipe calls for sugar, try using a natural herbal sweetener such as stevia, instead of the real thing. If you're worried about taste, use half sugar and half stevia. And if you are just determined to use only sugar, then at least cut the amount the recipe calls for. Most recipes could use a reduced amount of sugar than what is called for and you will never taste the difference.
Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. It need not slowly and inevitably get worse. Now is the time to take control of the disease... take back your health and your life. Cutting calories is one of the major steps.
For nearly 25 years Beverleigh Piepers has searched for and found a number of secrets to help you build a healthy body.
The answer isn't in the endless volumes of available information but in yourself.
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