Follow these preventative steps as recommended by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digested and Kidney Diseases.

Setting Weight Loss Goals

Your goal should be to lose at least 5 percent of your body weight within 6 months. 1 to 2 lbs a week is a good starting short-term goal.

Healthy Eating

4 Key steps to a healthy eating and weight loss plan are:

  1. Cutting your current portions of high calorie, high fat, and high sugar items.
  2. Replacing your less healthy choices with healthier items.
  3. Read food labels and select items with less trans fat, saturated fat, and added sugars.
  4. Replace sugary beverages with water

Get Active

Being physically active will help burn calories which can help with your weight loss goals. Even if you do not lose weight from being active it is still able to help prevent type 2 diabetes.

Some tips to get started:

  • Start slowly
  • Try to sit less
  • Move at work
  • Count your steps
  • Stretch
  • Have fun

Keep Track

It is proven that when people keep track of their activities and food intake they are more likely to succeed. Keep a journal of your types of activities and time spent. Create a food journal to track your meals and calories taken in.

Try this printable tracker provided by (National Institute of Diabetes and Digested and Kidney Diseases.

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