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The mantra ‘eat little and often’ is one that many of us have lived by over the years, thinking that it’s good for our health.
But, as I discovered, if you have type 2 diabetes or want to lose weight, this may not be helpful advice.
Food - Time - Way - Time - Hormones
I loved my food and snacked all the time, but I learned the hard way that every time I ate, digestive hormones and insulin (the hormone we produce to control sugar levels in our blood) were produced to break down the food I was eating — which meant my system never got a breather.
Instead, I was perpetually producing insulin to combat the excess sugar in my bloodstream from the high-carb food I was constantly grazing on.
Time - Sugar - Bloodstream - Problems - Vision
Over time, as I’ll explain, excess sugar built up in my bloodstream and caused terrible problems, including blurry vision, loss of feeling in my feet and arthritis.
I now know that having proper breaks between meals — also known as intermittent fasting — is accepted by many doctors as a healthier way to eat, particularly for someone like me who is trying to manage type 2 diabetes.
Years - Type - Diabetes - Condition - Britons
I weighed 16st when I was diagnosed eight years ago with type 2 diabetes, aged 59. The condition, which affects five million Britons, essentially makes it difficult for your body to process sugar.
After this, it would be another two years before I worked out that changing my diet to low carb — and crucially altering how often I ate — would transform my life.
Diet - Help - Wife - Katie - Food
The low-carb diet I adopted with the help of my wife Katie, a food writer, not only restored me to health, but also now forms the basis of the delicious recipes we have been sharing in the Daily Mail all this week, in the hope of inspiring other people to reap the same...
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