The bottom line is that overeating exponentially heightens your chances for developing diabetes.. Click To Tweet
I come from a family of hard workers and hearty eaters. Feasting has always been a matter of course and calorie restriction virtually unknown. In our younger days obesity wasn’t really an issue. The eating habits I acquired as a child from my family have stuck with me and, frankly, as I’ve grown older have not served my health well. I programmed myself to believe that overeating and staying healthy was normal, expected, and even a right. I should be able to eat as much as I want of what I want and still be healthy and fit.
The diagnosis of type 2 diabetes changed all that. It revealed the flaw in my thinking and my eating habits.
I found that even though I had re-calibrated what I ate and when I ate it, sometimes my fasting blood sugar was still high in the morning. Then, in my continuing research on this disease, I found some information that correlated high fasting (morning) blood sugar readings with how much you ate. I looked at the pattern of my eating and realized that the morning high blood sugars corresponded to the quantity of food I ate, as well as when and what I consumed.
So when reversing type 2 diabetes and sustaining that reversal, calories DO count (as well as what kind of calories and when you eat them). Quantity matters as much as quality in this game.
My experience has showed me to that the timing of how much I eat matters as well. Dinner used to be my heaviest meal of the day and I ate it later in the evening. Now, lunch is my heaviest meal of the day and I eat a lighter dinner, earlier (see my previous post). Most of my calories are consumed in the early part of the day and my consumption tapers off as the day progresses.
Weight loss is an essential component of reversing diabetes and maintaining that weight loss is essential to sustaining the reversal. You are going to to have to eat fewer calories than you burn. It’s just the way it is, no matter what type of diet you choose to follow to do so.
All weight loss “diets” whether you’re looking at Paleo, Keto, Specific Carbohydrate Diet, or even Weight Watchers are all about getting you trick yourself into eat fewer calories than you burn up in a day. It is simply a matter of which method works for you.
It is also proven that it is easier to create a calories deficit by eating fewer calories than by creating a deficit through exercise alone. The ideal is a combination is one of consuming less and burning more through exercise, and one I am still mastering.