You will often see us use the phrase, “Your diabetes may vary” or just YDMV. So, we can tell you what WE would do, but that may or may not be the right solution for you.
Although exercise is beneficial for many reasons, I don’t think it’s a major player in weight loss. Nor do I think semi-fasting is a good strategy either. My primary reference on this is Dr. Richard Bernstein — his book, “Diabetes Solution” and his tele-seminars.
In the past four months, I’ve lost about 15 pounds and gotten my A1c down to 6.6 That doesn’t put me in the winner’s circle or even get me a bronze medal, but it’s about the best I’ve done in a very long time. While I did work at using the treadmill for part of that time, I think what really made the difference was reducing the carbs. I eat no bread, pasta, rice, etc. The only carbs I get are from either vegetables or sauces, salad dressings, etc. And even then I’m careful about the carb counts. I’m not trying to get to the point of being in ketosis, but I have tried some of the "fat bombs’’ that some following that diet use. And even that didn’t do much to my weight. I have not really restricted my calorie intake and I have not felt hungry.
I have always done many blood sugar tests both when I was working and now in retirement, so that’s never been a challenge for me. If I think I might go high in the night, I’ll take an extra shot and then set the alarm to wake me to do a check at 3 am or so.