Seven Healthy Weight Loss Habits

Obesity is one of the leading risk factors for diabetes in males and females. If you’re overweight, losing weight can help prevent type 2 diabetes, and maintaining a healthy weight can also be used as a tool to control diabetes. 

Understanding when weight loss is necessary is the easy part, but figuring out the work you need to do to get there can be tricky.

Be wary of any diet or programme that is too restrictive or promises rapid weight loss. These types of methods are not healthy or sustainable. 

For lasting weight loss, you need a lifestyle change rather than a diet. Here are seven healthy weight loss habits to help you lose excess weight and keep it off for good. 

Portion control

Use the diabetes plate method to help you build balanced meals. Stay full by prioritising lean protein and adding flavor with healthy fats like nuts, seeds, and avocado. 

Eat mindfully

Turn off the T.V and put your phone down at mealtime. Mindlessly snacking and eating can lead to overeating and poor digestion.

Drink water

It’s important to drink as close to eight 8-ounce cups of water a day. You may need more water depending on your activity level or medication.

Eat your vegetables

Low-carb vegetables like green beans, mushrooms, bell peppers, and broccoli will keep you fuller longer and they’re packed with vital micronutrients. Be mindful of preparation, try steaming or lightly sauteeing in a bit of olive oil.

Keep a food journal

Track your food intake to find where you can improve your program for greater success. If you have access, try a free food journal app like Cronometer.

Get moving

Exercise is essential for maintaining a healthy weight and can benefit our bones, organs, circulatory system, and mental health. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily.

Ask for help

Your diabetes care team is here for you. Working with professionals allows you to have a customised program that fits your preferences, budget, and goals.

If you or someone you know needs help managing diabetes, talk to us: 242-327-2878.