If you are cutting back on calories because you are looking to lose weight and reverse your Type 2 diabetes, you may be left feeling hungry. You’ve undoubtedly discovered there are both upsides and downsides to hunger…
Without an appetite for food, you would probably forget to eat or lack the initiative to sustain yourself with nutrients, which are essential to your health. Also, eating is usually a pleasurable activity, so you will rarely find yourself complaining about it.
On the other hand, there are several downsides to hunger; some of which are harmful to your health. Overeating for instance which leads to weight gain results from an uncontrolled appetite. And in the absence of discretion, your hunger will likely lead you to eat foods you should be avoiding, which is often the case for those who are trying to control their blood sugar, lose weight and treat Type 2 diabetes.
It is what it is. You can’t control the existence of hunger, nor should you attempt to do so. It would clearly be an exercise in futility. With that in mind, instead of focusing your efforts on avoiding hunger, you should direct your attention to controlling hunger. If you’re able to tame your hunger so it no longer impairs your weight loss progress or damages your health, you’ll be ahead of the curve. Most people submit to their hunger, which often results in ill consequences in the long run. If you care about your health and well-being, you’ll need to learn how to control your hunger effectively.
It’s a guarantee you will be hungry more frequently than you would like when you are looking to lose weight. It’s also assured you will have hunger pangs throughout the day to remind you your body wants to be fed. But, and this is significant, your body wanting to be fed does not necessarily mean your body needs to be fed. At least on some occasions.
Your appetite does not care about your weight loss intentions, least of all your Type 2 diabetes treatment plan. So, if you listen to your body’s desires all the time, you will just be overeating which is clearly to be avoided.
Whenever you feel hunger pangs, take a moment to think if eating at that point is a genuine necessity. If you just ate lunch at 12 pm and you feel the urge to eat something at 3 pm, it’s obvious your appetite is not acting out of necessity. In other words, you can wait until dinner for your next meal.
Practice resisting your hunger pangs; it’s critical to reversing Type 2 diabetes. The more you do, the more discipline you will develop. It’s not easy, but it’s also not difficult to make yourself wait a few hours for your next meal.
Anupam Ghose, a physician by training, was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) in 2017. After the diagnosis of T2DM, he followed a low carbohydrate high fat diet and reversed his T2DM within a year. Now he has one main goal in life and that is to make people understand that the conventional method of treating T2DM is not beneficial. Type 2 diabetes is reversible and the best way to reverse T2DM is through diet and lifestyle modifications. He now decided to help people with type 2 diabetes by offering online coaching to reverse their diabetes.