This involves eating for shorter periods of the day, for example eating for 8 hours and fasting for 16 hours. During the time of fasting, you only drink no calorie fluids. If you have been overweight for a longtime or your diabetes is more severe it may take longer to notice results.
Always consult your doctor first before trying intermittent fasting especially diabetics on medication.
The following groups should avoid intermittent fasting, people who are pregnant or breastfeeding, people taking certain medications, and people with a history of eating disorders.
You can do intermittent fasting for one day a week or every day, it is best to start slowly and build up as you tolerate it.
You may decide to eat at 10am and have your last meal at 6 pm. Gradually increase the fasting window. For this too be successful you need to eat less, it doesn’t work to eat the same amount of food that you do now over a longer period.
You will continue to eat the same diabetic foods that is low in carbohydrate and higher in protein and fat and food that is less refined. You will need to cut out the snack foods.
If you are taking medications monitor your blood sugars carefully. Monitor your blood pressure also especially if on blood pressure medications as this may drop when you lose weight. Check when the best time is to take your medication if it is to be taken with meals.
Fasting gives your body time to burn up the excess stores of sugar. You will lose weight and then your blood sugars will improve. Medication requirements are going to change. Other benefits may include lowering your blood pressure, repairing damaged cells, and protecting your brain health.
A lot of people have been able to use intermittent fasting to successfully reverse their type two diabetes!