Our expert says:
Eating Disorders Expert
Thank you for your question. I am concerned to see that you continue to feel out of control in your eating habits, despite your serious diabetic condition. Although you are likely very overweight (you haven't provided me with your height) and should be looking for a way to lose weight, you would be making a very wrong choice trying to lose weight quickly. The reaosn for this is that losing weight quickly almost always requires a very restrictive dietary intake and/or the use of diatary aids that are almost always dangerous and unsuccessful in the long-term. I suggest that you persist with a well-balanced and moderated meal plan designed by a registered dietician and accept that you should not lose more than 1 kilogram a week. Afer all, this approach will likely result in you losing 12 kilograms in three months, which is pretty good going. What's more, losing weight moderately gived you a much better chance of keeping that weight off as your metabolic rate will not be compromised. I also strongly suggest that you start keeping a food diary/journal in which you record the time you eat, your food and quantity, as well as a short description of how you are feeling emotionally. Not only has research shown that people keeping a food journal are far more successful in keeping to a diet and losing weight more successfully, but by monitoring your emotions, you will likely make a link between where you are emotionally and how that affects your food choices and eating habits. If accesable, you could also see a psychologist, who should be able to assist you in making the link between where you are emotionally and how that affects your eating habits. Try starting with the journal. Please remember to be very compliant to your insulin and never forget to keep monitoring your blod sugar levels. Poorly managed diabetes can be devastating. If you lose significant weight, you will likely resolve your diabetes, which should provide good incentive. Best of luck. Regards, Graham
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