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Type 2 Diabetes - Are You Hungry, or Eating Out of Habit?

Type 2 Diabetes - Are You Hungry, or Eating Out of Habit?

Type 2 Diabetes - Are You Hungry, or Eating Out of Habit?
By Beverleigh H Piepers

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 56% of Americans between the ages of 20 and 74 are overweight, and 30% of that figure are obese. Unfortunately, it has become the norm to be an overweight adult. This is mainly due to a physically inactive lifestyle and overeating. When people with Type 2 diabetes are looked at as a group, more than 80% are overweight. With just a little weight loss blood sugar levels may drop significantly.

Weight loss is not an easy thing considering our sedentary lifestyles but physical inactivity is easily fixed. Just stop making excuses, and start moving. If consistency is where you have fallen down, there are ways to develop a routine you are likely to keep. But it will be all for nothing if your motivation is not strong enough, to begin with.

Addressing overeating is simple in theory, but often tricky in practice. Unlike physical inactivity, there are many reasons why you may be overeating. On the surface, these reasons could include...

  • a poor diet or lifestyle, and/or
  • bad habits where a lack of instruction may be a factor.

Do not make things harder for yourself. You need to understand the reasons why your health is as it is. Talk to your doctor, and go over all the details regarding your weight, your blood sugar levels, and your overall health.

After a brief analysis or reflection, you will likely find the main reason you are overeating is due to a lack of appetite control. This is where you eat when you are not actually hungry, often out of habit.

The habit could be due to a combination of things. You might be eating because you have not had something to eat for a couple of hours. You may be used to several small meals, which contrary to popular opinion, is inferior to eating fewer, more satisfying portions. You might be eating because you are bored.

Essentially, if you are eating when you are not hungry, it is almost always going to cause you to overeat. It is your total consumption at the end of the day that matters. This is why it is better to eat two complete meals each day, with one smaller meal in between. If this seems hard to do, it could be because you have not tried to make the most out of your meals. If you have...

  • whole-grain carbs as your staples, for example, brown rice and pasta,
  • sweet potatoes, and
  • plenty of vegetables,

you are not going to be hungry as often. Overweight people often eat more of certain types of foods than the ones they need to maintain a normal weight. These include white rice, bread, and other refined carbs which digest very quickly.

If you do not feel the urge to eat due to hunger then you would be eating out of habit. And that would be a pattern to break if you are to take control of your weight.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.

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 isn't in the endless volumes of available information but in yourself.

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