7. Measure Your Progress
Dr. Hyman recommends charting your progress, citing research that those who do are more successful in managing weight and blood glucose. This doesn’t mean counting calories and getting on a bathroom scale every day—that can be counter-productive.
Dr. Hyman suggests:
- Before you change anything, take baseline measurements: weight, waist circumference, body mass index (find an easy calculator here), and blood pressure (optional).
- After changing your eating and activity habits as outlined above, measure again once a week or so and keep a log of your progress. This will show you how fast and how well you’re doing. It won’t take long to see a difference. You are doing this by yourself, for yourself and measuring improvement will encourage and inspire you to keep going!
“Diabesity” doesn’t have to be a death sentence—Dr. Hyman attests to his fact. By changing the factors that got you to where you are, reversing diabetes is completely possible.