To really kick your type 2 diabetes reversal into gear, time restricted eating/feeding (TRF) AKA intermittent fasting can be a real ally. I wrote about the benefits in a previous post about why you should be doing TRF.
The reason TRF is so powerful is that it leads to results without you having to think too hard about it. Here are 3 unexpected benefits:
- Weight Loss
True, a lot of people embark on the TRF journey because they are interested in losing weight. You’ll find the weight is lost in an unorthodox way. TRF in and of itself doesn’t lead to weigh loss, but rather you lose weight because you tend to consume fewer calories. The thing is, you’re not even thinking about it.
Conventional calorie restriction requires that you count calories in your meals, portion control, watch what you eat, etc. TRF doesn’t require that you limit how much you eat but rather WHEN you eat. Thus, in a shorter window of eating time within the day, you tend to eat less, cut calories effortlessly, and lose weight. Of course, if your goal is to reverse your pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes, you must also be mindful of WHAT you eat as well.
When you set your designated feeding window, you’re giving yourself a rule to follow, whether you realize it or not. Rules guide our behavior in a powerful way; use them to your advantage!
TRF allows you to expect to eat during a specified time of the day and outside that time you are expecting not to eat. This gives your brain freedom to think about other things. Your day isn’t governed by your cravings and thinking about when the next meal will be. It’s a very useful constraint. It’s like the court and net in tennis. They provide constraints so that there is order in the game. Without it, there is no guidance for the ball’s trajectory. It goes wherever it wants and the game is no fun because you’re at the mercy of the ball. TRF is the court and net, and the ball is your appetite.
3. Taste Perception
I may be a little long-winded here, but this is an important part. Have you ever heard someone say something to the effect of, “Don’t worry so much about eating healthy. Life is too short. I enjoy eating too much” or “I can’t imagine going without [insert junk food].” The reality is that thinking can end up killing people all because they were– to be frank– too stubborn and lazy to change their ways!
Are we really “enjoying” life by being at the mercy of junk and artificially sweetened food? Hell no. It’s all fun and games until you get the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes from your doctor. That’s when we have to ask ourselves, “Was it really worth it?” “Were we truly living it up?” It’s sounds absurd, honestly. Here’s why:
I’ve worked with people that had a similar mentality and after just 8 weeks, they had the opposite mentality: “I don’t even like the taste of soda anymore; it’s too sweet.”
It’s hard to see how your life is absolutely unimproved by consuming junk food because the insidious veil of pleasure is over your eyes. It would be such a shame to keep that veil on for 10, 20, or 30 years only to succumb to the consequences of your misguided taste buds. TRF “resets” your taste buds in a way that allows you to experience real flavor. The foods you thought tasted good may not anymore, and it’ll likely be for the better if you’re struggling with type 2 diabetes.
What unexpected benefits have you’ve experienced with TRF or intermittent fasting? If you’re struggling with your pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes and interested in what reversal would look like for you, reach out to me through my contact page.