Improving your pre diabetes diet and improving your psychological relationship to food will benefit you and the entire family.
When obese people lose weight with psychological therapy, their family members have improved eating habits as well. This leads to a healthier family in general. A new study looked at the role of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in the management of obesity, and how this may impact one’s family. This therapy focuses on changing an individual’s thoughts, beliefs and attitudes regarding food and eating.
The researchers surveyed family members of 149 obese patients going through a CBT program. They measured the changes in body weight, lifestyle habits, and stage of change toward physical activity in the family members of these149 participants. After 6 months of counseling, the study found that family members — mainly spouses and adult children — showed some changes for the better as well.
Following CBT of an obese family member, other family members significantly reduced their average daily calories and the reported body weight decreased on average by 2.2 lbs. (1 kg).
They analyzed food choices and found a reduced calories from:
- main courses with cheese or fat meat
- refined carbohydrates
- breakfast biscuits
- nonalcoholic beverages (fruit juices and carbonated drinks)
Fruit consumption was increased.
There was also a shift in attitude toward exercising. Body mass index changes of family members and CBT subjects were most significantly correlated between spouses.
One needs to be aware of too much fruit in the diabetes diet and for the management of prediabetes metabolic syndrome. It is generally better to eat more vegetables than fruit for diabetes and metabolic syndrome management. Fruit following exercise is better as its sugar is more likely to be metabolized and can be helpful in replenishing glycogen levels.
If you have an issue with being overweight or obese, be the leader of the family. Improve your diet, get some exercise and lose the unhealthy body weight. Change your attitude toward food. If you need some counseling for this, speak to a professional. Set the example of improved health to benefit your relatives as well as yourself!