By Beverleigh H Piepers
If you have received a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis and are trying to diet and/or lose weight to control it, you will probably come across some of these myths. Do not be fooled into believing them or you could do things not beneficial to your health and, in fact, may do more harm than good.
Myth: Eat, as few calories as possible and your weight will fall off.
Fact: If you eat too few calories, your body will go into starvation mode and slow down your metabolism. You may suffer side effects such as nausea, lightheadedness, trouble concentrating and fatigue. In the end, you will overeat to compensate and then be back at square one. You may even gain weight.
Myth: Snacking between meals is not allowed.
Fact: It is healthier if you eat six or seven small meals or snacks instead of three large meals. Your metabolism will continue working and blood sugar spikes will be reduced. It also helps to stop you from overeating at any one meal, as you will not feel ravenous. Choose high-fiber foods that take longer to digest and help you full for longer.
Myth: Depriving yourself of non-essential foods and being strict is wise.
Fact: If you restrict your food choices, you will get bored. This will make it difficult for you to stick to your diet and it usually means you will end up eating unhealthy foods. Vary your food choices and allow yourself to have an occasional treat so you do not feel deprived.
Just make sure the treat is not too large. It can be a small piece of cake, one scoop of ice cream instead of two, or two small pieces of dark chocolate instead of a whole block. You can have a piece of pizza or a burger occasionally. Moderation is the key when eating unhealthy foods. The occasional treat will help you stay on your diet because you will not be as tempted to eat what you should not.
Myth: If you eat late at night, you will gain more weight.
Fact: You need to watch what you eat but the bottom line is you should burn more calories than you consume. What time you eat doesn't matter, as long as you chose healthy foods - going to bed hungry can stop you having a good night's sleep. Food will help keep your metabolism working while you sleep so your body continues to burn calories.
Myth: All fat is unhealthy and does not help you lose weight.
Fact: You need a certain amount of fat in your diet. The good fats such as polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats help protect you against cancer and heart disease. They help control your...
They help your artery walls stay smooth and clean which helps prevent blood clots and they help with cell growth and skin health.
These are only a few myths you need not believe whether you have Type 2 diabetes or not.
Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. By making simple changes to your daily routine, it is possible to protect your heart, kidneys, eyes and limbs from the damage often caused by high blood sugar, and eliminate many of the complications you may already experience.
For nearly 25 years, Beverleigh Piepers has searched for and found a number of secrets to help you build a healthy body. Go to http://DrugFreeType2Diabetes.com to learn about some of those secrets.
The answer is not in the endless volumes of available information but in yourself.