Another word for cutting calories is “dieting.” If you’ve been used to eating high calorie, pleasurable foods, learning to make healthier choices from lower fat, higher fiber, whole grain and lower sugar foods will feel like a “DIET” to your body.
Because you’ll be consuming fewer calories also, and hopefully exercising more, the thought is you’ll lose inches as you build muscle and lose fat. Even this change in your body affects the hunger signals in our gut and our brain. People with metabolic syndrome have a faulty appetite suppressing hormone called leptin, which is supposed to blunt the dopamine response that tells us we’ve “just got to have those delicious goodies we see on Instagram, whatever they are, maybe two of each!”
Yep, this is why all my trips out of West Helena all went past the little doughnut shop. I never bought the “little doughnuts,” but stuck with the giant bear claws and the cinnamon twists, along with the large coffee. I always found the good bake shop in every town where I served the church. This is how I gained 5 pounds a year for 20 years in ministry. I did lose 40 of it along the way, but gained it back, and have lost it again. I still have 60 pounds to go. At my age, I’ll be glad to lose half of that, and then work on the other half for my next goal.
Metabolic syndrome or prediabetes has to be treated just like diabetes with regard to diet and exercise. I count my carbohydrates, so I’ve had to cut these back over the last 10 years as my insulin resistance has increased (I start gaining weight, so I switch the carbs to protein). I try to exercise 4 or 5 times a week. I’d do better if I did this every day, but I admit to enjoying reading and sitting more.
So, you can see even after all these years, even I can almost toss my new year’s resolutions into the trash can! & only on the second day! That’s what I get for wandering into Instagram #foodporn & #instayum & #nomnom #densofdecadence. It’s hard to #helpothers when your own #bloodsugar is dropping. #spicedapple #pomegranateseeds #yum #food #foodpics #healthysnack