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Now, here is the cure. Just follow these three simple rules. If you are taking insulin or other medications, you must coordinate this with your doctor, as dosages will need to be adjusted (downward) so that you don’t die from an overdose.
1. Absolutely no snacking between meals
This seems hard to do, but really it’s not if you know one secret: Replace snacking with something far more satisfying?—?fat. That’s right, the government is wrong to recommend a low fat diet. Fat is what makes you feel full until your next meal. Take away the fat, take away the full. Don’t go to an extreme, but do lean strongly toward a high-fat low-carb diet.
One easy way to increase your fat content and quit snacking is to begin your meal by eating an avocado. I and others I know have used this trick to easily quit snacking. Avocados protect you from one of the reasons some dietary research wrongly claims that high-fat diets are bad for you: the danger of gorging yourself on delicious, fatty foods. With plain avocados, there is little danger of gorging. Another danger is clogging your arteries and giving yourself heart disease. But it’s been amply shown that the blame for that falls squarely on trans fats, like margarine. If you see any product with the words “partially hydrogenated” or “hydrogenated” in the list of ingredients, put it back, it’s a trans fat. On the other hand, any fat that comes directly from an animal or plant is not a trans fat and can be safely consumed.
Hint: There may also be benefits to eating the avocado first, as research has shown that the fat literally coats the inside of your intestine, physically blocks other food from being absorbed, and effectively reduces the size of your meal.
Hint: Using more olive oil in your cooking can also increase healthy fat content during meals and help you eliminate snacking, just like the avocado. Butter also works, and it is very delicious, just don’t overdo it.
One way to cheat: Coffee and tea, optionally with a bit of cream?—?but never with sugar or other sweeteners?—?can be used as a snack if you are having an especially hard time lasting til your next meal.
2. Limit meal times to 1 hour or less, with at least 12 hours between the end of dinner and beginning of breakfast
You should have no more than three of these “feeding times” per day. The reason limiting the number and duration of your meal times is so important has to do with staying out of the vicious cycle of increasing insulin resistance.
Hint: If you feel like snacking, just wait a bit and make the snack part of your next meal.
Hint: You never have to count calories again. When you eat, eat until you’re full. I find myself putting down my phone and focusing on the eating. With calorie guilt gone, you can eat what you want and savor it slowly. After years of torturous calorie restriction, eating is really enjoyable again!
The above two rules are the only dietary rules you need to maintain ideal weight for the rest of your life, assuming you apply common sense and avoid extremes. The diet works by building in regular periods of insulin relief, keeping your body from becoming resistant to insulin. Following these two rules, you will maintain your weight and health by never entering the vicious cycle of increasing insulin resistance.
HOWEVER, if today you are not your ideal weight (a BMI of about 22), you are already in this vicious cycle and you need to break out of it. In order to break out and quickly get down to your ideal weight, you need one more rule, the rule of using special tricks:
3. Use additional tricks to accelerate your escape from diabetes and obesity.
Use any combination of the tricks below to accelerate your weight loss and return to good health. If you use all five wisely, you can get to your ideal weight in 6–12 months or less?—?even if that means losing 100 pounds or more. Yes, think about your weight 10, 20, 30 years ago. Another friend of mine started on this journey last year weighing 270 pounds. He’s in his mid-thirties and about to reach his college wrestling weight class of 197 pounds and just ran his fastest 2 miles ever. He got to this point by following the two rules above and just 3 of the 5 tricks below.
Trick (important): Take a swig of vinegar before every meal. This lowers your blood sugar by 30%. Most people use apple cider vinegar. If you can’t stomach it, a friend who monitors her blood sugar to control gestational diabetes tells me that 5 gherkin pickles also do the trick.
Vinegar, magical elixir of good health
Trick (important): Cut down on sweets, and if you can, cut them out entirely for a couple months. I still eat ice cream about once a week, and know people who are losing weight on this diet while eating ice cream almost every day. But this probably won’t be the case for everyone. Better to severely restrict sweets for the first few months, and then gradually reintroduce.
Trick (not as important): Exercise more. Regularly giving your muscles a workout has been shown to increase insulin sensitivity. I say exercise “more” because if you’re not getting any exercise at all, you’re not even trying and probably haven’t read this far anyway.
Trick (not as important): Eliminate breakfast. Instead of breakfast, increase the fat, protein, and vegetables you eat at lunch and dinner. I’ve eliminated breakfast while increasing my overall daily calories from 1600 to 2500+, and still lost six pounds in the first two weeks.
Trick (most important): Go for longer periods of time without eating (yes, yes, fasting). Consume water only for days or weeks at a time. Your fat will literally dissolve away, and with it your type 2 diabetes and other ailments. The definitive book here is Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s book, Fasting and Eating for Health: A Medical Doctor’s Program for Conquering Disease. I highly recommend it; if you’re skeptical, read the 200+ testimonial comments on Amazon. I and at least 20 of my friends have tried fasts lasting days to weeks. It works, and it is amazing.
It's normal for your blood sugar level to rise after you eat, especially if you eat a meal high in refined sugar. But if your blood sugar rises more than most people's, you might have diabetes or pre-diabetes, a condition that indicates a strong risk for developing diabetes in the future. If you already have diabetes, you doctor will recommend keeping your blood sugar within a prescribed range. A glucose tolerance test, done one to three hours after you eat a high-carbohydrate meal, can check your blood sugar levels.
When you eat carbohydrates, your body breaks down the sugars they contain into glucose. Your body can't absorb most sugars without breaking them down first. Simple sugars such as refined sugar break down very quickly; you absorb them rapidly into your bloodstream, which raises your blood sugar. In healthy people, the levels don't rise very high and they drop back to normal quickly. If you have diabetes, your levels after a meal will rise higher and stay high longer than levels in other people. This occurs because your pancreas either don't release enough insulin, the hormone that helps cells absorb glucose, or because the cells don't respond properly to insulin release.
If your doctor suspects that you have abnormal glucose levels, he might suggest doing a glucose tolerance test. You are given around 75 grams of carbohydrate after fasting for 12 hours. At one- to three-hour intervals, your doctor draws blood and analyzes your glucose levels. A normal fasting glucose is 60 to 100 milligrams per deciliter; your levels should rise no higher than 200 mg/dl one hour after eating and no more than 140 mg/dl two hours after finishing the snack. Most healthy people without diabetes have two-hour readings below 120 mg/dl.
A fasting blood sugar of between 100 and 130 mg/dl indicates impaired glucose metabolism. This means that you don't process glucose normally, which puts you at higher risk for developing diabetes. Within 10 years, most people with pre-diabetes will develop diabetes unless they change their lifestyle, according to the Joslin Diabetes Center.
If you have a blood sugar level higher than 200 mg/dl two hours after consuming the 75 grams of carbohydrate, you generally have diabetes, although other conditions such as Cushing's disease, and certain medications can also cause a rise in blood sugar levels. Once you're diagnosed with diabetes, you doctor will set a target range for your blood sugar after meals. Most doctors want you to keep your blood sugar under 180 mg/dl after eating. In some cases, your doctor will set different limits based on your specific health issues.
The higher your blood sugar rises after meals and the longer it stays high, the more likely you are to develop diabetic complications such as neuropathy, diabetic retinopathy or poor circulation. High levels of circulating glucose in your blood can damage your blood vessels.
A cure is the end of a medical condition; the substance or procedure that ends the medical condition, such as a medication, a surgical operation, a change in lifestyle, or even a philosophical mindset that helps end a person's sufferings; or the state of being healed, or cured.
A remission is a temporary end to the medical signs and symptoms of an incurable disease. A disease is said to be incurable if there is always a chance of the patient-relapsing, no matter how long the patient has been in remission. An incurable disease may or may not be a terminal illness; conversely, a curable illness can still result in the patient's death.
The proportion of people with a disease that are cured by a given treatment, called the cure fraction or cure rate, is determined by comparing disease-free survival of treated people against a matched control group that never had the disease.
Another way of determining the cure fraction and/or "cure time" is by measuring when the hazard rate in a diseased group of individuals returns to the hazard rate measured in the general population.
Inherent in the idea of a cure is the permanent end to the specific instance of the disease. When a person has the common cold, and then recovers from it, the person is said to be cured, even though the person might someday catch another cold. Conversely, a person that has successfully managed a disease, such as diabetes mellitus, so that it produces no undesirable symptoms for the moment, but without actually permanently ending it, is not cured.