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Are you really hungry?

Weight loss is important in preventing type 2 diabetes. “Hunger Training” may prevent diabetes by training you how to listen to your appetite – and only eat when your body needs it. It does this simply by checking your blood sugar levels, which will tell you when your body needs food.

Hunger training has been shown to help people lose weight. Hunger training also helps people eat when they are 'truly' hungry – rather than when they are bored, tired, or just because it's “breakfast time”.

Hunger training for weight loss

The purpose of this 6 month study is to learn the best way of monitoring blood sugar in Hunger Training. Participants will monitor their blood sugar before eating for one month, to help them know when their body needs food.

In the following 5 months, participants will listen to their body and only eat when they are hungry, filling out a short diary for one week every month noting how hungry they feel before eating.

There are 2 ways of monitoring blood sugar that will be trialed during the first month of this study:

  • pricking your finger and applying a drop of blood to a glucometer
  • scan a temporary sensor on your arm that automatically reads your blood sugar level

Can Hunger Training be used to prevent type 2 diabetes?

This study is important to find out which monitoring method is better for weight loss, in order to develop Hunger Training as a useful prevention strategy for type 2 diabetes, and has been approved by the Health and Disability Ethics Committee (ref 18/STH/105).

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