I have been dieting most of my adult life and I don’t think I’m alone. And my type 2 diabetes diagnosis only elevated my need to lose a few pounds. But it also gave me a whole new take on fad diets.

I’ve seen all kinds of fad diets, food crazes and downright wacky ideas for controlling weight through the years. I’ve never been tempted to try any type of pill to lose weight, but I’ve definitely been interested in different fad diets. Let’s face it: I’ve been desperate enough to try some things I knew weren’t healthy because, “Who knows?”

One diet that I’ve seen a lot of lately is called the Intermittent Fasting diet. It sounds good in theory:

  • Gives your body a chance to “reset.”
  • Apparently allows for your body to “detox.”
  • Gives you an opportunity to rethink what/how you’re eating and, hopefully, breaks your need to eat all the time.
  • Helps you lose weight.

Before my type 2 diagnosis, I would be tempted to try this approach, but today I would shy away from such an idea. Why? Because going without food when you have type 2 diabetes isn’t a good idea. Trying to regulate your blood glucose without food is nearly impossible. Our liver will assist us when it realizes that we haven’t eaten in a while by “dumping” glucose. That’s science, not speculation. Eating regularly will help to stave off glucose spikes.

Trying different diets when we don’t have diabetes is fine, but once you’ve been diagnosed with type 2 it’s important to remember your body doesn’t work the same way as someone who doesn’t have diabetes.

I’m not a doctor, dietitian or a certified diabetes educator (and you should check with those people first if you're interested in any diet). I’m a person with type 2 diabetes who has taken the time to do some research, and more importantly, pay attention to how my body deals with my diabetes. To me, the best way to lose weight with type 2 diabetes is to eat a healthy diet with regular meals and reduced portions and to add exercise.