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Looking Past the Diet Buzzwords

Looking Past the Diet Buzzwords

One of the first things newly diagnosed type 2 patients hear is “You need to lose some weight.” There are so many things wrong with that advice (including that it’s so simplistic) but let’s focus on one thing: losing weight. They make it sound so easy, don’t they? “Just lose a mere 10-15 pounds. It will make a big difference!” Losing weight is anything but easy and it is even more difficult when you have type 2.

For decades, people have been desperately trying to lose weight. When you add a chronic illness to the mix that desperation can be magnified. Weight loss programs can pounce on that desperation in order to make their diet sound like “the one”. How can you look past the diet buzzwords and find what works for you? Let’s take a look at some of those words.


Kale, salmon, and avocados, among others, are foods that are often touted to be “superfoods”. Superfoods is certainly not a medical term but it is used to identify foods that are high in nutrients that are thought to help fight off disease and make you healthier. You can even buy “superfood powder” that is supposed to blast your bloodstream with fantastic, powerful nutrients! While these foods (not the powder) are certainly healthy choices, don’t buy into the idea that they are going to cure you or work in miraculous ways.

Metabolism booster

There are a myriad of pills available for purchase that tell you that just taking these pills will boost your metabolism and help you to lose weight. Speeding up your metabolism will certainly help you to lose weight, if it is done properly. Popping pills isn’t the best way to do that. Instead, try these ideas: Exercise, especially muscle-building, helps to speed up your metabolism. Drink lots of water. Green tea and omega 3 fatty acids are possibly beneficial.


If any diet or supplement tells you that you will lose weight effortlessly, run away! Losing weight is never effortless. It takes dedication and hard work. Never fall into the trap that something will make it effortless, especially if the person telling you this is trying to sell you something. There is no magic pill.

Gluten free

When the gluten free phenomenon first showed up, I hoped against hope that I could eat gluten free products and see my blood glucose stabilize and my extra weight disappear. What can I say, I was desperate. Remember what I said above about desperation? Anyway, gluten free products are a necessity for anyone who has developed Celiac’s disease or has a diagnosed sensitivity to gluten. For the rest of us it won’t make a bit of difference. Some of us avoid gluten simply by avoiding grains because they spike our blood glucose. Gluten isn’t an evil thing that is preventing you from losing weight.

The truth is, there are no diets or supplements that are going to help you magically shed pounds. You need to find a diet that you can stick with that includes whole foods that you cook yourself. Avoiding highly processed foods will benefit you the most. Stay hydrated and add exercise to your day. Those are the most important words to follow, and they don’t buzz at all.

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  • trixisue
    3 years ago

    since being diagnosed gluten intolerant in dec 2015 .. I am finding it difficult finding snacks low in carb and sugar … whenever I have to run errands I try to keep packaged snacks in car … same goes for when we travel ..

    any suggestions ?? thanks in advance …

  • Margot moderator
    3 years ago

    Thanks so much for your comment. That does sound difficult, but keeping snacks ready for when you go places seems like a really great idea! In addition to Kate’s suggestions and any that the community may have, these snack ideas are mostly gluten-free and might interest you:

    This article also has great information about nuts, which Kate mentioned:

    Thanks for sharing and being a part of the community! Hope this helps! – Margot, Team Member

  • Kate Cornell author
    3 years ago

    Thanks for your comment. Let me say up front that my only “expertise” comes from being someone who has type 2 diabetes. I’m not a CDE, doctor or nutritionist. Snacks on the road are a difficulty for sure! Most mini-marts can be described as a box of carbohydrates. I can tell you what I do. When traveling I take a small cooler and fill it with things like cheese sticks, boiled eggs, prepared veggies and sandwich fillings that I pair with homemade “bread-like” options. Nuts are a great snack, just be careful that you don’t eat too many as they pack a lot of calories. What you can do is think about the foods you like to eat at home that would be portable and stock up on those things when traveling. I hope those ideas help. Maybe one of the folks on staff who have degrees in nutrition etc can chime in!

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