Counting carbs and sugar

By Dixiemom Latest Reply 2011-09-25 18:15:49 -0500
Started 2011-09-23 20:32:11 -0500

Since I have lost 4 inches in height as I have gotten older I also have acquired a large abdomen. It doesn't help when my weight is between 163 and 168. So I have decided to finally do something about it. I have a book written by Jorge Cruise called The Belly Fat Cure. The gist of the book is count carbs and sugar , small portions, and he also gives the values for most foods including fast food and an area for eating out. Since I cannot do strenous exercise I thought I would try this for something difdferent. How do you cope with this kind of problem?

11 replies

Type1Lou 2011-09-24 10:23:25 -0500 Report

Our aging bodies do sabotage us! I have found that the lower the carbs I eat, the better my BG. I try to limit my carbs to 30g for breakfast and 45g each for lunch and dinner. I try not to snack unless I'm treating a low BG. If you restrict your carbs, you'll drop excess weight. It's SO hard to find the right balance…especially if that "balance" seems to continually change.

Dixiemom 2011-09-24 15:44:19 -0500 Report

On this plan right now it's a 15/6 ratio. 15 gms. of sugar and 6 servings of carbs/day. I nhave gone over a couple times but I have lost 5 lbs. this week.I don't usually snack between meals so I found it hard to do nthe 6 meals/day. I don't eat if I'm not hungry. I hope to reach my short term goal by Thanksgiving.

jayabee52 2011-09-23 23:56:05 -0500 Report

Wow Dixie, that is quite some loss of height!

I have burning neuorathy in my legs from knees down to toes and it hurts to stand and walk. I do stand and walk but I don't do it as much as I would like or should do. I also have kidneys who are taking a dive, so as a result I don't have a lot of stamina at all. That affects my exercise too.

However I had discovered my pancreas is putting out enough insulin, that I can manage my BG levels in the normal range without diabetes meds if I eat a low carb high protein meal plan. It is working for me! I have maintained a normal BG level most of the time, and my last A1c is 5.5 in May. What is more I have lost about 50 lbs since I started this little experement in Feb 2011.

Dixiemom 2011-09-24 15:38:10 -0500 Report

Hey Jay, This diet is basically low carb hi protein and lots of veggies. I wish could walk but this neuropathy doesn't lend itself to that activity. I am on Cymbalta for the burning and so far it is helping. I also take an electrolyte called Pelleteir made by Crayhon Labs. This helps with that also and with the restless leg. This getting old really sucks. Never was sick in my younger days, guess we make up for it as we get older.

jayabee52 2011-09-24 18:23:03 -0500 Report

Agreed that getting old really sucks, but it beats the alternative! Yep my youth was pretty healthy too. You know what they say "youth is wasted on the young! LoL

MEGriff1950 2011-09-23 23:26:21 -0500 Report

I just follow the meal plan the dietician made for me at a diabetes education class. It was designed for a sedentary lifestyle. In 3 months I have lost 19 pounds. Really I worry more about keeping my diabetes in control then weight loss. Dixie Mom, have you tried water arobics, they are low impact and a great form of exercise. Years ago when I started walking to exercise I was so proud when I made it to the end of 3 blocks. I walked every day to try to increase that. Within 3 months I would walk 5 miles a day and work 10 hour shifts at a labor intensive job but on week end days I usually walked 7 to 8 miles. Your dr should be able to refer you to a physical therapist who can help set you up with an exercise program that will work for you. Exercise does not have to be strenous. I can no longer exercise because of my partial disability, I really miss it and know if I could do more that the pounds would come off faster.

Dixiemom 2011-09-24 15:32:32 -0500 Report

Because of the neuropathy , no balance and fear of falling, i only walk in the house. It takes one minute for me to walk the length of my living room ,kitchen and complete a circle through dining rm. and family room. I walk like a snail.That's why nI have to do something. The book is the belly fat cure. So far I've lost 5 lbs. I'm happy about that and my BS isn't off the charts. I have tried water aerobics but can't do nthat anymore because of my balance. If I could sit down maybe I could do them. I do use my pool in the summertime when it's just me and hubby. He won't let me go in alone anymore. I have a stationary bike that I should be riding but don't. I really have to get committed to to doing something.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-24 16:12:54 -0500 Report

Oh Dixie I will come and join you in your pool. We will have to time our falling though it would not work if we both drown at the same time. My dr told me that while sitting to do ankle exercises. Point your toes toward your body then away, and also left and right as much as possible. He explained that your heart does not pump the blood that far and your feet and legs need this to help pump the blood. Another one I did after breaking an ankle was writting the alphabet with my feet. Both of these will work many muscles in the legs and anything we can do will help.
Now what time is our pool party?

Dixiemom 2011-09-25 17:34:07 -0500 Report

Wish we lived close, we could get into some serious trouble(fun). Besides the neuropathy I have foot drop on both feet. The left foot is unable to point back, up , just down and I have to help it. The right isn't too bad but it too needs help. Forgot all about doing the alphabet with feet. I do pasive and resistive exercises when I think about it, but I am consistant with doing exercises when we do long road trips.