During the course of my quest to become a healthy, thinner and better managed diabetic, I’ve tried a lot of things. Some worked, others – not so much. There is no magic bullet. I’m still a fairly active guy (and want to stay that way), so I needed things that I could incorporate into my life that I didn’t need to think about or make special provisions for. “Eating to my meter” or staying away from foods that I tested and know play havoc with my numbers was one success.
Trying to lose over 100 pounds wasn’t easy. Behaviors needed to change, and my relationship with food had to also. I drive a desk most weekdays, so I don’t need a hearty breakfast to shove a mouse around a few inches. Weekends I’m more active, so I eat more. It became a pattern I can live with – eating for fuel – and has been pretty successful for me.
This pattern of eating for fuel weekdays and splurging on the weekends isn’t new, in fact the following appears published in several places (I found it in my chiropractor’s health newsletter). Now this is the short, sweet “dumbed down” version for folks like me, but if you want the “sciency” version with all the citations it can be found here http://www.karger.com/Article/Abstract/356147 with a little longer commentary on the study here http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fulls... which is definitely worth the read.
“Weight Fluctuations & Strategies:
New research indicates it may not be a bad idea to let your eating habits relax during the weekend, so long as it’s done in moderation. In fact, long-term weight loss might be more effective if dieters focus more on stricter weekday diets and allow themselves room to cheat somewhat on the weekends - A strategy that researchers say can allow reasonable weekend splurges while not derailing one’s motivation and weight loss efforts. In this new study, the self-recorded daily weights of 80 adults were evaluated for periods up to 10 months. Data revealed that for the 18 of 80 adults who lost 3% or more of their bodyweight during the weigh-ins, there appeared to be a pattern of weight gain over the weekends and weight loss during the weekdays, with subjects weighing the most on Sunday/Mondays and weighing the least on Fridays. This pattern seemed strongest in those who either lost weight or maintained their bodyweight during the study. In those subjects who gained weight during the study, this pattern was less reflective of their weight changes. Researchers concluded that weight variations between the weekend and weekday are normal and a focus of tightening up one’s dietary habits during the weekdays and loosening them somewhat during the weekend could assist many in achieving their weight loss goals and maintaining a healthy bodyweight long-term.”
This isn’t just about weight loss, it also helps maintain healthy numbers. I have a weekly pattern, so it just made sense to feed myself the same way. Of course your mileage may vary, but the logic is there as well as the science it seems. If it isn’t something you’ve thought of, might be worth a try within reason.
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