Of all the things that predict success in dealing with Type 2 diabetes, losing excess weight is among the most important. The biggest danger to trying something new is not that it might not work: instead, it is you will not give enough time to find out for sure. Many ideas when applied will pay off, and some will not. But how are you to know if you are not consistent in your execution?
Don’t be guilty of expecting too much too quickly. Often you must wait to see a difference. In fact, you can expect your results to be minor, even after a few weeks. It is over the long-term where the effects of the change become more pronounced. When it comes to body weight, for instance, it is not until you have been at it for at least a few weeks that other people may begin to notice. It is at this stage where your motivation may receive a boost.
But you will not get there if you do not keep at it. As a baseline, give it a month.
Let us say you have decided not to eat any food or snack after 6 pm. You think it will help you reduce your overall food intake to manage your calories and bring about weight loss. Or, you have decided to focus on taking in most of your calories during the day. Try it out. But give it a month before you stop. You need time to see if it genuinely works for you.
You have decided to exercise first thing in the morning, as part of a new commitment to a healthier lifestyle. Evenings are not suitable for you, as time seems to be short then. But in the mornings, you can wake up earlier to fit a workout in three times a week. Give it a month. This may be tough in the beginning, but you need time to adjust.
You have decided to pick up resistance training because your doctor said it would…
- lower your blood sugar and HbA1c,
- strengthen your bones,
- improve your posture, and
- boost your weight loss efforts.
Or you would like to improve your physique, which is fair enough. Lifting weights entail a steep learning curve, but once you overcome it, you will not struggle with it again. Get an instructor to help you get started. But, no matter what, it is to your benefit to keep going for at least a month.
You have decided to cut snacking from your diet. Do it for a minimum of four weeks before you change your mind. The same principle applies to…
- counting calories,
- cooking most of your meals,
- eating a low-carb diet,
- taking up a sport,
or anything else you would like to try for your health. Give it a month, and check out the difference it makes in your results and learning what works and what doesn’t work for your body.