weight loss plan with diabetes

Pattie E.
By Pattie E. Latest Reply 2011-10-25 22:12:16 -0500
Started 2011-10-15 06:43:10 -0500

Hi, I am newly diagnosed with diabetes, and I would like to know what is a good weight loss plan to follow. I have overweight all my life and I am 57. I have been like a roller coaster with my weight but I am the heaviest I have ever been and now I have diabetes of which is contributed to my weight. I want to get the diabetes under control and lose the weight for good because physically and mentally I do not feel well. So I can use all the help I can get and any suggestions on what works for people who have diabetes and are on a weight loss plan.

23 replies

sweetbelle 2011-10-25 22:12:16 -0500 Report

Follow the diabetic diet. It's very healthy. Keep your fats and carbs to a minimum and get some exercise of some kind. I'm not just saying this to you because I have to keep convencing myself that I need to do this tool

Sweet Tammy
Sweet Tammy 2011-10-20 11:39:57 -0500 Report

High protein and low to no carbs is working for me. I stay fuller longer from the proteins and have no tummy issues, like I did with the carbs. Plus, the best part is that I have lost 15 lbs. in 3 months.

snuggles071 2011-10-19 11:09:33 -0500 Report

i was diagnosed in june 2011,went on a low carb my a1c was 10.8 now 5.8 and have lost 40 lbs i started by looking up adkins diet on line good luck

100 Acre Woods
100 Acre Woods 2011-10-20 21:26:34 -0500 Report

I saw something on line stating South Beach is better than Atkins. This is FYI only and not intended to be critical.

Mar 2 2011
An article by Abby Goodnough in the October 7 issue of the New York Times dissects the early success of the South Beach Diet, another variant of the "low carb" diet, put forth in a new book by Dr. Arthur Agatston. Like the Atkins diet, the South Beach diet promotes restricting carbohydrates in favor of protein and fat.
South Beach vs. Atkins

The South Beach diet begins very similarly to Atkins - with a 2 week initiation phase that radically restricts carbohydrates (and which, Dr. Agatston brashly asserts, should result in a 13-pound weight loss). But after this initiation phase South Beach differs from Atkins (at least the classic Atkins diet) in two significant ways: under South Beach, "good" carbohydrates are not discouraged, and "bad" fats are. (Classic Atkins doesn't like any carbs, and scooping lard from a bucket is a perfectly legitimate snacking strategy.)
South Beach relies on the glycemic index to determine good carbs from bad carbs. Essentially, the glycemic index estimates how rapidly blood glucose levels (and hence, insulin levels) rise after eating a carbohydrate. This is important since keeping insulin levels low is the central principle behind all low carbohydrate diets. (To read why, click here.) So under South Beach, bad carbs with a high glycemic index (like refined flour products, potatoes, pasta, and white rice) are forbidden, while good carbs with a low glycemic index (like whole wheat products and wild rice) are OK.

South Beach also chooses not to ignore the substantial evidence that saturated fats are bad for you. (Atkins maintains that saturated fats are fine as long as you avoid the carbs.) Thus, South Beach wants you to stay away from butter, fried foods, and sausage and instead pushes unsaturated fats like olive oil and fish.

As DrRich has pointed out in the past, scientific evidence is causing the radical low-carb proponents (as exemplified by Dr. Atkins) and the radical low-fat proponents (as exemplified by Dr. Ornish) to converge. The low-carb guys are having to admit that complex carbohydrates (i.e., the low glycemic carbs) are necessary for a healthy diet. Similarly, the low-fat guys have had to concede that certain fats are essential to good health. So, while these radicals continue to fight viciously, if you listen to what they are saying quietly in the background, they're not all that far apart. DrRich notes with interest that the South Beach diet (after the radical initial 2-week phase) lines up pretty much at the convergence point - the place where the radical low-fats and low-carbs are being dragged together, kicking and screaming all the way.

Nutritionists vs. everybody

So what are nutritionists saying about South Beach? According to the Times, they are carping. Nutritionists hate it when physicians (who, everyone knows, know nothing about nutrition) write best-seller diet books, and when those diet books fall under the category of "low-carb" (an approach that turns the exalted food pyramid on its head) they really go ballistic. So: they complain about the shortcomings of the glycemic index (pointing out that carrots really aren't that bad for you,) and about the unhealthy nature of the radical initial phase, and about the promise of losing 13 pounds during the first 2 weeks (which is indeed reminiscent of the seedier weight loss scams).
But they seem to have a hard time arguing with the later phases of South Beach - as well they might. The long-term part of the South Beach diet looks pretty healthy to me, too.

Autumn's Mi Mi
Autumn's Mi Mi 2011-10-17 20:45:02 -0500 Report

It is a bit difficult once you are newly diagnosed. You go on the ups and downs of what is right and what is wrong. I am slowly getting adjusted. According to my endocrinologist. He feels there is no need to go out and spend a lot of extra money on sugar free food. He says it is best to eat less. If possible cut your servings in half. You still need to watch your carbs, starches, and calories. Most of all sugar intake. Don't overload in fruit. Also the best thing is lots of green veggies but in the correct portions. And for the thing we all hate to hear is exercise. He tells me to start out 15-20 min per day. So I started out 15-20 min every other day. I worked my way up to 1/2 hr of exercise. Walking is good but include other excercises. Ihave noticed that by creating an excercise routine, I have managed to lose a few pounds. When I miss a day or two of excercise my weight will remain the same or it will go up. Don't be overwhelmed take one day at a time until you get your routine together. Make your exercise time your me time.

100 Acre Woods
100 Acre Woods 2011-10-16 16:40:20 -0500 Report

I and starting on a lowfat, low sugar, Vegan diet that my brother and his wife have been on. They both have lost weight, feel good and have great energy. I've only been on it for a bit and I am already feeling better.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-10-15 23:39:24 -0500 Report

Like you i have had a tough time of losing weight and keeping it off. I would do real good for awhile and then fall back into bad habits. About a year ago i lost sixty pounds and i just ate a few certain things and kept my options small so i would not stray, well that was ok for awhile and then i got bored. So now with the diabeties i have been doing like Kevin and Lou stated and cutting out the sugars and limit the carbs. It's hard at first to have to be so aware of what your eating, but it is better for us. It's a total life style change, but a good one. Stick to your guns and you will be able to do this. We are all hear for you! Good Luck and God Bless.

Sweet Tammy
Sweet Tammy 2011-10-20 11:42:38 -0500 Report

I end up craving the carbs, and next thing you know-here come the pounds right back!!!

Mickey/CCHT 2011-10-20 16:36:30 -0500 Report

I was told by a nurse that i work with who is also diabetic is that we crave carbs because of our bodies not being in balance. So the things we crave are whats bad for us. How's that for bloody unfair! Oh well, staying the course! Good luck to you!

Type1Lou 2011-10-15 14:32:37 -0500 Report

Like Kevin below, I believe a low-carb diet is the solution. I usually just calculate the total carb count of food rather than do "net carbs". For my 5'3" frame, I try to limit my carb intake to no more than 120 grams of carb per day. Usually, that is 30 at breakfast and 45 each for lunch and dinner. For me, it means avoiding bread, pasta, cakes, cookies, pastry, potatoes, rice and many fruit. Get into the habit of reading food labels and pay close attention to the carbs per serving and the serving size information. Keeping track of how many carbs you are now eating is a good first step. By cutting back on the carbs, the weight will come off and you may gain better control of your blood sugars. Many here at DC keep a food journal which helps keep track of what is eaten. If you are able, combine your new diet with a regular exercise routine which will also help shed those unwanted pounds. Good luck, Patti!

Pattie E.
Pattie E. 2011-10-16 13:51:44 -0500 Report

Thank-you Lou - I now have 2 battles to conquer - one is my weight and the 2nd is diabetes. And thank-you for your information

Type1Lou 2011-10-16 14:18:34 -0500 Report

Those 2 battles may be more closely linked than you realize. If you are Type 2, by taking off the excess weight, you'll be making it easier for your body to use the insulin you are still naturally producing. You have everything to gain by losing those pounds (no pun intended!). It may also halt the progression of diabetes and those nasty complications. Go for it!

Kirla 2011-10-15 10:47:02 -0500 Report

For good blood sugar control I believe following a low carb diet like Atkins or South Beach or goggle low carb diets and pick one you feel you can live with. I kind of follow Atkins myself. I just have to watch the saturated fat. I need to keep the saturated fat to less than 10% of my total diet.

I believe in drinking lots of water every day. At least 8 cups. I also try and eat several serving of low carb vegetables everyday. Will add just enough chicken, beef or fish to keep my calories above a certain level.

I no longer eat bread, pasta, potatoes and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving. I can eat several foods together as long as they are less than the 5-6 net carbs per serving each and I add some kind of protein or fat.

Good luck