Is Weight Watchers or the South Beach a good diet plan to follow for diabetes prevention?
If your husband is overweight, losing just 10-15 pounds can help him reduce his risk for diabetes. It can also bring down blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
When it comes to weight loss, you don't have to lose it all at once. Slow, gradual weight loss is safer than dropping all of it at once. Your husband can do this by making a few small changes at a time to the way he eats. He can also start to increase his activity level. The best part is - you can do it together. Making these changes with him can offer extra support!
It is best to focus on making lasting lifestyle changes that you can stick with instead of "dieting." Often, dieting means making short-term changes to the way you eat. However, going back to old habits after losing the weight will make the pounds return.
Making lasting lifestyle changes can be challenging. It is best to set a few small goals and then add more as you go. Set a realistic achievable plan and take it slowly. You can do it! For some people, following a plan with a point system like Weight Watchers is helpful.
The South Beach Diet has several phases, with the first phase being extremely low in carbohydrates. This phase is supposed to last for about two weeks. Eventually, healthier sources of carbohydrates are added back in to the diet plan and the last phase of the diet focuses on maintenance.
Making the right food choices is important for weight loss and diabetes prevention. Ideally, you should not have to cut out entire food groups. Choosing the right foods from each group along with controlling portion sizes are key strategies for weight loss.
There are many approaches that can work for weight loss. You may have to try a few different things before finding the approach that works for you.
Some of the structured diets like Weight Watchers can help with portion control. Some people may find success by using meal replacements like a shake or bar for one or several meals each day. Others may be able to lose weight by simply switching to diet soda and cutting back on their sweet intake.
My suggestion would be to work with your husband to try making a few small lifestyle changes at a time. Find out what works for him, and make sure to choose changes that he can stick with!
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