Sunshine Coast Exercise Physiology Diabetes Advice
Diabetes is the fastest growing lifestyle disease in Australia. As an Exercise Physiologist I am passionate about helping you maintain a healthy weight range and find a lifestyle that you will enjoy for optimal health.
Weight Loss and Controlling Blood Sugar
If you’re a diabetic and are obese or considered clinically overweight, you can improve your health and the management of your diabetes by losing weight. It may seem like an overwhelming goal if you have tried previously to lose weight and have failed. However, there are steps you can take to help you reach your goals.
The first step to losing weight is to set a short-term goal for yourself. You can do this on your own own but research has shown using a team approach is more successful. A team of health professionals such as your doctor, dietician and exercise physiologist will work together to help you achieve your goals.
To begin your weight loss journey set a goal of losing between 0.5 and 1 kg per week. To achieve this adopt a healthy eating plan of a variety of fresh foods, avoid processed foods and drink plenty of water. Team this up with 30 to 60 minutes of brisk exercise 3 to 4 times a week and slowly increase duration and intensity as your fitness increases (and it will)!
Getting your body mobile will increase your metabolism and that will assist in losing fat too. Not only will increased metabolism help in fat loss, it will additionally help in controlling blood glucose levels as your body will process food more efficiently.
When you lose weight as a diabetic you are helping your body by lessening your insulin needs. Fat loss will additionally assist you in keeping your blood glucose levels under control. Diet and exercise go hand-in-hand with fat loss.
It takes time and persistence but the benefits you will derive as a diabetic will start right away and as you reach your goal weight you will gain greater control of your blood sugars.