3 Secrets to Lose Weight and Cure Type 2 Diabetes

3 Secrets to Lose Weight and Cure Type 2 Diabetes – As the waistlines in America continue to grow to epidemic proportions more and more Americans are looking for the short cut to permanent weight loss. My parents turned to gastric bypass, and I am happy to report they have kept the weight, but the surgery alone did not keep their weight off. Others look for magic pills, just look at any exercise magazine they are loaded with fat burners and other unregulated supplements. Then many others turn to the diet of the month, we all have heard of them whether its a beach diet in the southern portion of the country or the famous one featuring fatty meat and no carbs by a doctor in New York. Diets have been around as long as I can remember and I am willing to bet even longer. Many times when I run into people and they learn about my weight loss they ask, “What’s your secret?”
I pull them in close and whisper in their ear, “Diet, exercise, and my family.” Having kept my weight off for almost three years I have come to realize the look of “what no secret weight loss trick?” The secret is there is no secret and if you are looking for it you are wasting energy, so get off the couch, start exercising, and eat better. If you did those three things you would lose weight. Now the weight isn’t going to drop off overnight, just like you didn’t get to this weight overnight so don’t expect to be at your goal weight tomorrow.
Here is how we apply the three secrets…
1. As much as possible eliminate these items from your diet. White flour, refined sugar, white pasta, and anything containing high fructose corn syrup. When Ivette and I started to change our diet in the fall of 2006 we quickly found out how prevalent high fructose corn syrup is. We started reading labels and I would say over 90% of the food we were eating had this crap in it soda, cereal, spaghetti sauce, and even the bread we ate. In fact at a national chain grocery store not one loaf of bread there did not have high fructose corn syrup in it, fortunately over the past 3.5 years this has changed but still you have to read the labels.
2. Exercise, really can you believe it? Diet and Exercise they go together folks. A good friend of mine in Arizona who is 5′ 7″ tall and in 2008 he weighed a 235 pounds. Last fall he came to our home in Rochester for a short visit and I commented on how he was looking better, and he confided in me that he had lost 20 pounds by simple changes to his diet. When I asked him about exercise he dismissed me. Well, I spoke with him last week and he has put the 20 pounds back on. Here’s the truth, diet without exercise will get to a weight loss plateau faster, and once that happens most will put the weight back on. This is exactly what happened to my friend, he told me he just got frustrated, gave-up, quit trying, and presto the weight is back.
3. You have to have a support network. I knew we were going to be successful losing weight as a family the day I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, because that evening when I got home from work Ivette had thrown out all of our junk food. We agreed that day our health was on the line and were going to change as a family and that is what we did. In the past we shrugged off exercise as a luxury, but we came to realize when we as individuals felt better our family was healthier for it. Not only did this support come for exercise but eating decisions, Ivette and I have empowered each other to hold the other accountable for the eating decisions we make. This is not fun all the time but I know when she does say something to me about my eating I know she does it from love and not spite or anger.
I don’t have all the gee whiz scientific facts to make this a peer reviewed article, and quite frankly that’s not my point. If you want the science behind this go to Google it’s out there. Ivette and I know when we cut out the white stuff from our diet, high fructose corn syrup, and exercise good things happen. Put that together with our internal support of each other, and our desire to be healthy for our daughters it’s a combination that can’t be beat. This may seem difficult for you to get started but I tell you, the hard part is getting started. Once you read a few labels, start walking, and gaining the support of your family and friends, after a few weeks it’s a habit and a part of your life. Give it a shot, and let me know how you do.