There is a chance you may be making two common mistakes in regards to your food intake …

  • eating too quickly and
  • eating without limits.

Unless you have paid careful attention to your eating habits, you are likely guilty of these on a regular basis.

It is heartening many people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes have been able to reduce their diabetic treatments or even give them away only by watching their food intake. How quickly you eat and how much you consume are two fundamental concepts having a dramatic effect on your well-being.

When you eat too fast, there is a good chance you are going to overeat and take in too many calories. Your nervous system needs time to recognize you have had enough food, and it takes a moment for you to realize you are full consciously. This lag is something you are probably familiar with – no doubt you have had the experience of feeling lethargic after a meal. It would have taken a short time before you felt low energy or even sleepy after a large lunch or dinner.

Overeating almost always results in weight gain. The effect may be minimal, but it could also be substantial. One pound earned in a month represents no visual difference, although the same can not be said for twelve pounds in a year.

Eating slowly, on the other hand, can only serve you well and has no drawbacks. Allowing your stomach to settle and consuming solely what you need and no more is worthwhile, not to mention you can also savor the flavor of your food.

It is also wise to determine your limits, as far as portions go. Being careful with your calorie intake is of particular importance for people who are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes who are needing to lower their blood sugar levels and lose weight. Diabetics may already be familiar with dietary restriction, but it's not so much about setting harsh limits as you may think. It is more a matter of discipline – consider where your health currently stands and where you would like it to be. If you want a smaller abdominal area, better fitness and more flexibility with your diet, you will need to make some changes. Establishing a limit you will not cross can only help you in this regard.

Eating at an ideal pace and learning to manage your portions may seem like basic advice. But it is often the basics that yield the best results. We tend to look for revolutionary approaches and search for fancy techniques when the simple efforts are enough to make a difference.