How I Reversed My Prediabetes

  1. Tracking: I tracked everything I ate faithfully for about 80 days/11 weeks total. Initially I set a target of 2000 calories and 150 grams of total carbohydrates.
  2. Nutritionist: about 6 weeks in I went to see a nutritionist. She recommended a calorie target of just 1600 a day. This seemed incredibly difficult. I was often hungry, often exceeded the limit, but I cut my daily average to within shouting distance of that target. I also continued to limit processed carbohydrates as much as feasible. And over the course of 3 weeks I lost 5 pounds. If this is the main reason my blood sugar improved, the change probably won’t stick. Only time will tell.
  3. Exercise: I recently radically simplified my exercise routine, to 100 air squats and 100 pushups every morning. Plus either: walking ~5 miles, running ~5–6 miles, or 30–45 minutes on the elliptical (when I’m in the gym I throw in a few ab moves and 2 pullups, which is my max :)). Once a week I go to yoga. I don’t take any days off.
  4. Reading: I read two really important books during this journey. One is currently on the New York Times bestseller list: Always Hungry, by David Ludwig, who researches weight control at Harvard Medical School. The other was Women, Food, and God, a self-help near-classic by Geneen Roth published in 2010.
when you limit processed carbs, it makes it easier to see your abs (if you squint).

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@npr_ed, previously @FastCompany, @NewAmerica. Author, www.anyakamenetz.net/books/ latest, 2018, The Art of Screen Time. Husband, 2 kids, Brooklyn.

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Anya Kamenetz

Anya Kamenetz

@npr_ed, previously @FastCompany, @NewAmerica. Author, www.anyakamenetz.net/books/ latest, 2018, The Art of Screen Time. Husband, 2 kids, Brooklyn.

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