Suffice it to say, we have an epidemic of diabetes in the United States.  It is estimated that 8 out of 10 either have Type 2 Diabetes or are on their way toward developing diabetes.  That is scary stuff.

So, the good news is Type 2 diabetes is curable.  Type 2 diabetes is lifestyle related.  As obesity becomes more prevalent, so does Type 2 diabetes.  Although we don’t hear much about Insulin resistance, which results in mitochondrial dysfunction, Type 2 diabetes is just one symptom of this condition.  Insulin resistance is also at the root cause of cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and other degenerative diseases.  It all starts because your body is unable to burn fat as a primary energy fuel.

What to do?  Fasting resolves Insulin Resistance, the cause of Type 2 diabetes.  Please understand that a metabolic disease such as Type 2 diabetes cannot be treated with a pill.  Type 2 diabetes is predicated on lifestyle, primarily diet.  The answer for Type 2 diabetes is to stop feeding your body sugar and burn off the sugar already in your cells, and the most effective way to do this is fasting.

Generally, people with Prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes are told to “Eat right and exercise”.  The problem is, you can’t out-exercise your mouth. The reason for this is because you not only have insulin resistance in your muscles, but in all your tissues and organs, and to eliminate the excess glucose [sugar] in your organs you need to temporarily “starve” the cells.

The problem is most people fear being hungry and avoid it like the plague.  By learning to use intermittent fasting, this makes the whole process a lot easier. From a biological standpoint, our bodies were designed for intermittent periods of fasting.

The longstanding conventional approach is telling people they need three square meals a day with snacks in between to maintain stable blood sugar and insulin levels.  The most obvious risk with spreading out your meals to morning, noon and evening is overeating.  Other less obvious risks are biological changes that result in metabolic dysfunction, subsequent weight gain, and diminished health.

The most workable suggestion is to eat breakfast or dinner, but not both.  If you have a physically taxing job, you are likely better off eating a solid breakfast and lunch, then skipping dinner.  The key to remember is to only eat within a window of 6 to 8 consecutive hours each day and avoiding food for at least 3 hours before bedtime.

Now, none of this probably applies to normal weight teens or growing children.  They likely need 3 meals a day unless they are overweight.  For kids and teens, the TYPE of food they eat would be a primary consideration.

Ideally, all of their meals would revolve around eating REAL FOOD – not processed foods, fast food and sugary snacks.  Drinking plenty of pure water and avoiding all sugary beverage is another key consideration.

Can’t handle eating intermittent fasting?  Okay, how about this – drink 500 ml [a little more than two 8-ounce glasses] of water half an hour before your meals may help boost weight loss.  Recent research suggests that obese participants who “pre-loaded” with water before each meal lost an average of nearly 9.5 pounds in three months.

This makes logical sense as thirst is often misinterpreted as hunger.  Drinking water before settling down to eat will also make you feel fuller so overall this strategy could result in eating less.

Equally important is the recommendation to EAT REAL FOOD when you do eat, meaning food in the most natural form you can find, ideally whole organic produce, and pasture-raised when it comes to meats and animal products like dairy and eggs.

To conclude, avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time.  Engage in movement throughout the day and begin incorporating some regular exercise.  Exercise will not produce significant weight loss without addressing your diet, but when done in combination it can be significantly beneficial.