Losing weight can help improve your health dramatically. It can extend your lifespan and also help your quality of life go up, instead of down.
Tanya Lynch Cooley was able to lose 60 pounds and improve her life by alleviating her diabetes symptoms. “I started this journey at 286 pounds and I am currently 226 pounds,” she wrote on the Healthy Weight Bootcamp group on Facebook. “There is no stopping me.”
When Tanya started the diet, she was concerned about her dependency on fatty foods. “I am a late night eater,” she wrote. “I am dependent on convenience foods. Everything in my life centered around eating in some fashion.” She was motivated to change her life for her own sake, and also for her family’s sake. “I am tired of watching life happen and I want to be participating again.”
The doctors worried that if Tanya did not lose weight, she would be bound to a wheelchair. “I have diabetes, high cholesterol, psoriasis, fatty liver, and high lipids due to my unhealthy lifestyle choices. It all stops now!”
The group encouraged Tanya to talk about her non-scale victories, (NSVs). One of them was that she could now sit for the camera without dealing with her lack of self-confidence. “Over 4 months ago,” she said, “you would not catch me in front of the camera. I was always the picture taker unless it was a face only shot, and that had to be taken at just the right angle. I am so happy to have found this product and have a full body, no filter picture taken that did not make me sick to my stomach.”
Tanya was also happy that she could wear normal clothes again. “It’s been 20 years since I could button and wear a pair of size 14 jeans,” she wrote to the group. “Happy dance!”
The weight also took the pain out her back. “I can get off the floor without help, put my shoes on without just sliding my foot into them. I went from close to immobile from back pain to walking 2 miles a day.
In addition, Tanya’s diabetes stopped being a problem because she dropped all the weight. “I am no longer a diabetic, not even a pre-diabetic, thanks to GBA!” she wrote.
The confidence helped her too in social situations. “I am going to my husband’s company Christmas party,” she wrote. “I have lots of confidence in my size 14.”
Type 2 diabetes can be reversible if one puts in the time and effort necessary to lose weight and fat. Extra fat in the body affects the production of insulin and makes it difficult for your body to process sugar.