Expert-reviewed by Ashwini S.Kanade, Registered Dietician and Certified Diabetes Educator with 17 years of experience
If you’ve been living with diabetes for a while, you must have made a lot of changes to your lifestyle, aimed towards creating a healthier you. On the other hand, if you are newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you are probably rummaging through the information overload, wondering what you should follow and what you should avoid. Hoping for the best results, we end up adopting a lot of new ‘healthy’ habits to cope with a condition like diabetes, sometimes even getting rid of our old ‘bad’ habits in the process.
While not every advice works for everyone, there are generally some things which are perceived as thumb rules. But only because some things are preached unanimously, does not mean they really work. We took a look at the practices that people with diabetes follow and narrowed down a few of them which might appear to be good, but can actually harm you.
1. Extreme/Fad Dieting
You’ve probably heard that your extra kilos are contributing to your diabetes and have decided to shed it all off by going extreme. Let me stop you right there! Fad diets are inarguably a quick fix for all your weight issues. You might even be disciplined enough to add some exercise to your routine. But once you are off the diet, you are bound to fall right back into your usual routine and eventually settle into your usual weight range, if not higher.
The plainest reason that such dieting is not advisable is that it is extreme. It cannot be sustained for a long time, and definitely not for a lifetime. Furthermore, such diets also lead you to inadvertently leave out essential nutrients. This could take a serious toll on your health, and probably increase your risk of developing diabetes complications.
Instead, make small, sustainable changes in your diet. A slower but effective weight loss is what you should aim for while ensuring adequate nourishment.
2. Skipping Meals
Unintentionally or not, if you happen to skip a meal or two, you tend to discount it by convincing yourself that it means less food, which should mean less weight. That is really not how that works! Skipping meals makes you vulnerable to episodes of hypoglycaemia or hyperglycaemia. You could also experience fatigue, confusion, and even weight gain.
You certainly shouldn’t skip any meals. Take a little extra effort to ensure that. But if there happens to be a delay or if you think you might not be able to eat that day, carry a snack. Any healthy, easy-to-eat, fresh option is good for you and it is better than going hungry.
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