We are coming to that time of year when many of us will be making New Year resolutions. I don’t do resolutions but I have decided on a few goals for 2016. One of them is to get rid of that spare 15 pounds that plagued me all last year.
I have realized that there a variety of factors that have gone into my weight gain–change in activity levels as well as…cough…cough…age. I therefore decided to look outside the box for some new weight loss tips.
After almost 16 years of having diabetes in the house, I have a pretty good idea of nutrition. While I no longer have a massive driveway to clear of snow each winter, I make sure that I use the treadmill we have on a regular basis with a decent intensity. As I said, that has not been enough so I have purchased a few books to look for other theories and alternatives.
For some reason I chose Dr. Phil’s 20/20 diet book to read. I won’t say if its good or bad because after almost 100 pages, I still have no real idea as to what his diet and exercise plan will entail. What did strike me was repeated reference to what it won’t entail….
“juggle Tupperware containers all day with “mini-meals” that you weighed and calculated, you might as well quit your day job, because your diet becomes practically a full-time job!” (from The 20/20 Diet by Dr. Phil McGraw)
He talks about how unrealistic and unsustainable it is for a person to count calories every day at every single meal. As I was reading along, I also saw that he mentions that he has insulin resistance and diabetes. I then began to laugh a little.
While I agree fully that counting every single calorie and weighing every single morsel of food is a challenge, it’s not an option for a person living with Type 1 diabetes. Well it is but the alternative of not doing it is lethal.
I was reminded of this again after a recent visit with my son. He sat on the couch with a bag of chocolate covered jube-jubes. He was eating candy after candy, enjoying the super sweet taste and giving us a review of each morsel. I was reminded how easy it is for the average person to simply mindlessly eat. In my son’s case, he had to count every single candy that entered his mouth. He then had to multiply it by the carbohydrates in each candy. Finally he would input it in his pump to have the proper amount of insulin delivered to his body.