Low Carbing, Stamina, and Weight Loss

By Richard157 Latest Reply 2012-02-21 09:20:04 -0600
Started 2012-02-20 11:38:33 -0600

I am seeing more and more T1's using a low carb diet, and eating less than 100 carbs per day. I needed to lose weight in the very early part of this century and gradually lowered my carb intake from the high 100s to 100 per day. I did not have the energy to do my exercises and home repairs. Taking a one hour walk was a chore. I raised my carb intake to 130 per day and rested while exercising. I adjusted well and lost weight too. I think some of us will have more difficulty with a LC diet. My age may have something to do with that. I do eat some protein and fat, but not very large amounts.

I am a T1 and have insulin resistance (IR). I started taking Metformin early last year, for my IR. Now I weigh 17 pounds less than before starting Met. I was not trying to lose weight, so it must be the Met that caused it. My weight is now only 6 pounds above my ideal weight. That is great, but I was losing 1-2 pounds per week for awhile. I thought I might eventually drop below my ideal weight, so I raised my carb intake to 150-160 per day. My weight stabilized, and I am no longer losing weight. I'm not gaining either. Very little fluctuation. That many carbs would have caused a lot of weight gain before Met. My IR and the Met seems to be a very important factor in the mix.

Now I can take long walks, climb ladders and paint my house, and work out at the gym without any problem. My stamina has greatly increased. The gym workouts and higher carb intake seem to be responsible for that. LC dieting does not work for me at this stage of my life. We are all different!

3 replies

Type1Lou 2012-02-21 09:20:04 -0600 Report

You are so very right Richard. There are so many individual factors to consider in dealing with our diabetes. I have had Type 1 for 36 years now. Unlike you, I am insulin sensitive…not a bad thing. I find I can get by with 120 carbs per day and keep my A1c in the low 6"s. I started on my pump last August and found that my daily insulin average decreased from 21 to 25 units per day to 16 to 18 units per day. You are an inspiration to us all!

JSJB 2012-02-21 04:13:59 -0600 Report

You can not go on a diet and expect results overnight. For you 130 carbs is helping for me 60 carbs is enough but it all depends what types of carbs you are eating. I also take one day and enjoy all kinds of food.

Young1s 2012-02-20 16:08:29 -0600 Report

Yes we are Richard. Glad you've figured out the right combination of diet, meds and exercise that's works well for you. You continue to be an inspiration to us all.