I am 23 years old, fairly although not grossly overweight, and have a strong family history of diabetes (on both sides of the family).
I have tried going on diets in the past and failed miserably. What I am doing right now, however, is attempting to change my eating habits for the better. I used to be able to do really well with a “diet” for about a month, and then would backslide and fall off the wagon and never manage to get back on. So this time, I am attempting to phase things in slowly. On January 1, I gave up refined/processed sugar. This isn’t complete – I still eat hamburger buns, and other things with minimal amounts of sugar, but I have given up soda pop, sweet desserts, ice cream, and other foods with high processed sugar content. I have done well with this for the last four months and am embarking on phase 2, which is giving up fast food restaurants (except Subway).
I am doing all this not really to lose weight (although I expect that will be a side effect) but to avoid getting diabetes. What else should I be doing? Are there specific types of foods I should avoid, or make sure to get lots of?
I did a search on this topic but didn’t find anything; hopefully this question isn’t a repeat.