Type 2 diabetes can lead to significant health problems. People with diabetes are twice as likely to have heart disease or a stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputations and adult-onset blindness.
Losing weight and keeping it off is the key to managing Type 2 diabetes. In some cases, such as when people drop a significant amount of weight through bariatric surgery, weight loss can send your diabetes into remission.
While it’s tempting to try whatever fad diet you hear people currently talking about, make sure you talk to your doctor first to find the best weight loss program for you. In general, most people trying to lose weight aim to cut 500 calories out of their daily diet.
Here are four weight loss tips to consider:
- Eat smaller portions. This is a simple way to cut back on your calories without changing what you eat. Some people find it helps to use a smaller salad plate instead of a dinner plate when eating.
- Track your calories. You have to know how much you’re eating to know how to adjust your diet. The website calorieking.com offers nutritional information to the public. You can also download an app to your smartphone to make calorie tracking easier when you’re not home.
- Avoid eating foods that are high in calories or fat. Steer clear of French fries, cakes and cookies. When you eat this type of food, you’ll notice that it doesn’t take long before your appetite comes back.
- Consult a Registered Dietitian. As nutrition experts, the Registered Dietitians at Bon Secours Weight Loss Institute can help you understand which foods are good choices for your health and weight loss goals. Thinking of food as fuel for your body is a good place to start.