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It is estimated that five million South Africans are pre-diabetic, a condition characterised by insulin resistance, glucose intolerance and abnormal blood sugar control. Not only is this pre-diabetic state a health risk in terms of developing Type 2 diabetes, but it can also affect one’s ability to lose weight.
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Weigh-Less Chairperson Mary Holroyd has shared five recommended ways to beat the scale and avoid ill health:
• Apply your blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure levels to your diet plan
• Discover a weight-loss formula that will cater for your individual journey to goal weight
• Stay away from ‘non-essential’ foods, which are foods with a higher GI, and therefore associated with rapid spikes in blood sugar, which may be dangerous to insulin resistant people or those at risk of developing it.
• Manage your consumption of carbohydrates the healthy way in order to balance your blood sugar levels, and improve your body’s response to insulin.
• ‘Know Your Numbers’ – A Health Tracker that assists in remaining aware of key health indicators and their associated risk of developing lifestyle diseases
Weigh-Less has launched the Best For You Plan endorsed by a registered dietician, Heidi Lobel. Designed with renewed focus on getting to goal weight the healthy way, so to limit and even prevent the development of lifestyle diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes, the plan highlights the fight against modern day disease and obesity.
It has been developed to ensure that those, who may struggle to lose weight, are able to reach goal weight and manage their consumption of carbohydrates to balance their blood sugar levels, and improve their body’s response to insulin. While it is not intended to be the champion of quick weight loss, it is instead a specialised plan that caters specifically for people who are insulin resistant, or at risk of developing insulin resistance, and is therefore at an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.