When you have diabetes, you have probably read in many places and have heard from your doctor how beneficial it is to lose weight. But that doesn’t make it any easier to do. It is difficult to do, but everyone is right; you will reap many benefits from losing weight, including managing your diabetes and blood glucose levels. If you are already motivated to lose weight and don’t know where to begin, make an appointment with your doctor or diabetes educator. They can provide you with information on a healthy eating plan and approve the type of exercises you should begin with. Getting the okay from your doctor before starting any physical routine is a good idea, so you do not over-do it at the beginning creating more harm than good. If you have tried to lose weight before and know that it is a hard road, you may find the motivation you need through a support group. Having a network to back you up when you are having a hard day or the commitment of meeting someone at the gym can get you through the rough patches ahead.
As you reach certain milestones in your weight loss journey, set reward points for yourself as motivation. You may decide to reward yourself when you lose 10 pounds, or it might be going for a walk five times in one week – whatever you need help with. Your reward can be anything that will make you work harder – renting a movie, a new pair of shoes – make it memorable. As you continue to lose weight and become more active, keep a careful eye on your blood sugars and insulin requirements. You may find that you require less insulin as you drop the pounds. Please keep in contact with your doctor and update him on your progress.