With the new year comes the new year resolutions. One of the top ones for many people is to lose weight. They want to lose weight for many reasons:
- To feel better
- To get healthier
- To reverse an illness
- For a specific upcoming event
- Because they “feel” fat
- Just BECAUSE
There are millions of people who make this resolution and probably just as many reasons for making it. What it all boils down to for me is that I want to “feel” better.
I believe that Type 2 Diabetes can be reversed and I believe that proper nutrition (diet—what I eat), exercise and weight loss are keys to that reversal.
The “Burden” of Eating
Even though making a resolution to lose weight is one of the most “popular” ones, it is also one that is often forsaken. People—especially people like me—feel like it is “too hard” to lose weight and so we give up.
Add to this that we “must” eat to survive and we have a real “burden” on our hands (or on our waists!).
Trust me, our society does not make it easy for us either. (This is not an excuse, just an observational fact.) We are constantly bombarded with advertising which tells us about the newest easy-to-make meals for ourselves and our families.
When something is “good” for you, it is often not easily available or it is costly, and, let’s face it, if you aren’t used to eating “healthy” foods, they don’t taste very good, either.
If I was offered the choice of a salad or a bag of chips, I would probably choose the chips! (See this past article on why chips are so addicting and no good for you!)
The fact that we need to eat and that we have been “conditioned” or “trained” to eat in unhealthy ways makes weight loss difficult. Sometimes it feels downright undoable.
But losing weight, especially if you have Type 2 Diabetes, is essential in having any hope of reversing the condition. Changing your diet—not just to a weight loss diet, but to a “healthier” diet—is key also.
I have been using a few resources for blood sugar control—insulin shots, Ozempic, Metformin—I used other ones before these, but these medications are the current ones I am on.
I notice that when I eat “properly”—like salads and fresh veggies and beans (kidney and other legumes), my blood sugar readings are nearly perfect (along with medication). In fact, if I don’t eat something sugary at some point during the day, I will have a low blood sugar which is horrible.
I feel certain that if I change my diet and stick with it I will not only lose weight, but will also move ahead in reversing diabetes.
I know you were all looking for this topic that’s why I saved it for last.
The truth is, there is no one way to weight loss. If there were only one way to do it, there would not be so many diet plans out there. There would not be so many companies promoting “health/protein shakes” as a way to lose weight. There would not be so many different diet foods.
If there were 3 easy steps, I would not be overweight any longer. Easy doesn’t always mean, good.
I can tell you about the book that I am reading and will be using for the annual Be A Loser With Karin weight loss contest that I am the leader of.
The book is called Lose It Fast, Lose It Forever. It was written by Pete Thomas, the most successful “loser” on the former television show “The Biggest Loser.”
In his book, Thomas talks about his journey, struggles and what he ultimately does to keep the weight off. You can purchase this book on Amazon at the following link:
If you think you would like to join my contest and you live in Central Minnesota, feel free to join us for the challenge. We always give cash prizes to our top 3 losers. You can learn more about the contest by following the link to the Be A Loser With Karin page! The page currently shows our results from the 2018 contest, but this will be updated very soon!
I am offering a class at which we will discuss the book. There is a fee to join the contest, but you will receive a custom-made “I’m a Loser” t-shirt, a three-month subscription to the Independent News Herald, access to the group and more. Last year I began a series of “Can You Beat Me” mini-contests. In these contests, I would issue a challenge and if you beat me at the challenge, you would win $10.
There is so much to “gain” by “losing” weight! A contest like this could be just the ticket for you.
Remember, we have to eat to live and eating healthy foods is the first step to losing weight in a “healthier” way. Remember, too, there is no one way to lose weight. In upcoming articles I will review some weight loss things I have personally tried or researched.
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About the author
Karin Nauber, is a professional journalist who has worked in the newspaper business for the past 27 years. She is also a grandmother who, along with her spouse, is raising one of their granddaughters. Karin has five grandchildren with whom she enjoys spending as much time as possible. Karin was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 11 years ago and has faced many challenges with the disease. If you would like to contact her, please do so at: firstname.lastname@example.org.