Like I said yesterday, I’ve dedicated my life to helping people lose weight. But please… don’t call me a “weight loss doctor.” Because my goal isn’t to make you skinny. It’s to make you healthy—pure and simple.
And it just so happens that keeping your weight in check is one of the most effective ways to do just that. Which really means that all doctors should be “weight loss doctors.” (Though I certainly don’t need to tell you how deficient the mainstream medical profession is in this department.)
It’s a shame. Because if more people really understood the power of even small (but consistent) lifestyle changes, we’d have a whole lot less chronic disease to deal with. And as one new study so clearly shows, way fewer diagnoses of diabetes, in particular…
Ten percent is all it takes
I tell you all the time how weight loss can reverse type 2 diabetes. And now, studies show that intensive dieting can lead 90 percent of recently diagnosed diabetics (and half of those with longstanding diabetes) into complete remission within a couple short months.
But here’s the message you don’t always hear: It doesn’t take a huge weight loss to conquer diabetes. In fact, all it takes is losing just ten percent of your body weight within the first five years of diagnosis!
At least, that’s what researchers at the University of Cambridge found. They analyzed data from a cohort of nearly 900 newly diagnosed diabetics between 40- and 69-years old. And they noted that by the five-year follow up, 30 percent of these patients were in remission.
But the newly diagnosed diabetics who lost ten percent or more of their body weight in that time frame more than doubled their odds of remission, compared to those who merely maintained.
For a 250-pound person, that would mean losing just 25 pounds—a very realistic and achievable goal for just about anyone.
Achieving weight loss for life
Of course, you knew I was going to take issue with something here. And in this case, it’s the claim that you can beat diabetes without “intensive lifestyle interventions.”
Because no, crazy crash diets aren’t necessary to manage diabetes. But I can’t imagine a more “intensive” lifestyle intervention than changing the way that you eat and move every day for the rest of your life.
And make no mistake… if you want to keep the weight off—and keep chronic disease at bay—that’s exactly what you have to do.
Anybody can follow a grueling diet and drop a ton of weight. But lasting change requires dedication and consistency. Otherwise you risk boomeranging right back where you started… or worse.
I designed my most recent book, The A-List Diet, with exactly this kind of long-term sustainability in mind. (So if you haven’t ordered your copy yet, what are you waiting for?) At the end of the day, there’s more to stopping the yo-yo than knowing what to eat.
In fact, I dedicated an entire article to the dangers of weight cycling—including how to break the cycle for good—in the November 2017 issue of my monthly newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives (“The deadly consequences of yo-yo dieting”).
Subscribers have access that that issue and a whole lot more in my archives. So if you haven’t already, as always, consider signing up today.
P.S. If you’ve recently been handed a type 2 diabetes diagnosis, and you’re unsure where to turn in order to get your weight on track, I have good news for you. I’ve developed the Metabolic Repair Protocol—a drug-free plan for preventing and reversing type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, and metabolic syndrome. This innovative learning tool incorporates decades of science-backed research into easy-to-follow lifestyle, dietary, and supplement recommendations, and the interactive format allows you to work at your own pace, and ask questions along the way. To learn more, or sign up today, click here!
“Type 2 diabetes remission possible with ‘achievable’ weight loss.” Science Daily, 09/30/2019. (sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190930114752.htm)