Having Trouble With Weight Loss

AJH
By AJH Latest Reply 2012-04-20 18:22:15 -0500
Started 2012-03-24 11:55:04 -0500

Hi. I need some advice and help. I have Type 2 Diabetes and my doctors have been on me about losing weight. I am taking Victoza, 1 shot a day and Gluophage, 1000mg, twice a day. Have been following the food plan suggested by the Dietians. Keeping a food journal. Increased exercise to 7 days a week. Lost 10 lbs. Now, still doing the same thing but has gained 2 lbs. What is going on? I feel depressed about this weight gain and trying hard not to just start eating everything. What should I do?


40 replies

'Second Chance'
'Second Chance' 2012-04-01 16:03:49 -0500 Report

Hi AJH, how are you? I truly understand you when you're talking about your weight!! Just to let you know, stay encouraged, because it's a journey and a challenge when you have to make life changes…especially when we know it's best for us!! But, when I started my regimen in Nov. of last year, I made a committment to myself…that I was going to do the best thing for me!! So that's when I started changing my diet,the first thing…then I committed to walking everyday, for 1.0 hour, once I saw the weight coming off, I was definitely encouraged!! When I started going to the gym, I would walk 3 days a week, for an hour, and go to the gym for 3 days for 3.5 hours. I rest on Sundays, after Church. So, out of all my hard work, and still pressing my way, and most of all, I'm determined to stay focused, I've lost a healthy 22.5 lbs!! Mind you, I couldn't have done it by myself, and I give 'all the praise to GOD', first of all, and then the support my family and friends gave me!!! So AJH, all I'm trying to say is, stay encouraged, and remember, you also have a support group…your family and your friends!! And, for sure…"You can do all things through "CHRIST", who strengthens you"!!!! Hang in there, AJH, you can do it!!! :)

shortysmalls
shortysmalls 2012-04-01 22:35:02 -0500 Report

I like to walk so when I found out had type 2 diabetes my hubby took me out everyday for a walk till we walked 1.5 miles around Stanfield, Or. And I would walk on a treadmill which at times made me feel like a hamster but did lose bout 80 lbs to this point, so just keep up with the exercise. I am lucky that do have support from hubby, new friends here and family…they understand and in their ways try to help which is a good thing

'Second Chance'
'Second Chance' 2012-04-04 18:42:27 -0500 Report

Hello shortysmalls…you are really doing it, that's what it's all about!! Determination pays off, go for the 'gold'!!!

shortysmalls
shortysmalls 2012-04-05 16:49:58 -0500 Report

hey thanks… I really try but this week am MIA been sick so not doing alot on exercise and diet is way off but am ok. Resting and do what I can but still need annual blood work next month so going to see where can improve. Thanks for encouragement…

'Second Chance'
'Second Chance' 2012-04-05 17:26:13 -0500 Report

Hi there, I'm so sorry to hear that you're not feeling well…I'm praying for your recovery!!! It's not good to exercise when you're ill, it only cause your BS to drop, but make sure you eat enough food to keep from having any lows!! I'm just trying to keep you encouraged, because I know you know how to take care of yourself!! Have a wonderful week-end, and get to feeling better!! :)

shortysmalls
shortysmalls 2012-04-05 17:32:50 -0500 Report

Thanks been sick for this week and trying to rest, tough part is that hubby is sick too which makes it tough…eating is messed up but did notice that when tested BC last night before bed was 72 so will be careful

'Second Chance'
'Second Chance' 2012-04-07 15:32:38 -0500 Report

I'm sorry to hear that your husband isn't feeling well, I hope he will begin to feel better real soon!!! Yes it's hard trying to eat when you're feeling bad…so you're right, you have to be extra careful and keep an eye on your BS. Just continue being there for one another, and I know both of you will bounce right on up, and pick up where you left off!!

shortysmalls
shortysmalls 2012-04-13 18:23:38 -0500 Report

hi we are feeling better now and just trying to rest. still dealing with the craving for sweets which is weird but dont know why would crave sweets usually chocolate. what can i do to control craving but have something that wont bring up bc

'Second Chance'
'Second Chance' 2012-04-18 14:52:06 -0500 Report

Hi shortysmalls, I'm so glad to hear that you and your husband is feeling much better!!!! I've been off for a minute, trying to find employment!!!! Praise GOD…HE blessed me with a job last Wednesday, to GOD be the glory!!!!!

shortysmalls
shortysmalls 2012-04-20 18:22:15 -0500 Report

hey thats great Congrats!!! Yes Godis definately awsome. Celebrated 9 years this march with Walmart…man feel old!!! Good luck with job. But did find out today from foot dr started with diabetic nuraphty and taking gampenton for it. So will c how it goes. and yes hubby and I are doing good and getting out. Keep posted on how job is. Where ru working now? And great job with the employment!!!!Hurah

shortysmalls
shortysmalls 2012-04-01 21:36:48 -0500 Report

I lost bout 80 lbs in 7 yrs but still have another 30 to go. I have problems wiht my favorite food which is chocolate and trying to keep up my exercise routine which is walking—-my choice and safer for me. I when first diagnosed used a treadmill and was a hamster for awhile. Now I walk at WalMart or outside when weather is nice. "But weight loss is still an ongoing process for me including all the stuff that diabetes throws at me. So just take a day at a time and the weight will come off. And if it takes alittle longer, dont sweat it. It all good and good luck with it if have some to lose too

shortysmalls
shortysmalls 2012-03-30 00:24:31 -0500 Report

Just keep up what you're doing. Sometimes you can do the same thing and gain but talk with your dr. I've gained 4 lbs but know been cheating but sometimes is just water weight. I dont know and depends

AJH
AJH 2012-03-30 11:03:43 -0500 Report

Thanks. My trainer says it could be muscle weight because I am taking weight training. And not to worry or get discouraged but keeping on moving.

shortysmalls
shortysmalls 2012-03-30 17:32:46 -0500 Report

thats great to hear. keep up the good work and did lose 2 of the 4 lbs I gained but still need to lose bout 25 more lbs. So I am doing 2 @ a time and did reward myself…hubby took me shopping for some new pants and shirts. So not such a bad thing

MAYS
MAYS 2012-03-28 15:01:14 -0500 Report

Don't be depressed and don't rush it!
I do not know how long you have been on Victoza, but it has been documented in actual test to help diabetics to reduce weight over a period of time.

The best way to drop weight is to reduce the calories that sre ingested daily and by tricking your body into using those that are ingested before they can be stored as fat, if the body needs it, and uses it, it can't store it!

As long as you maintain a level supply of energy to your body on a daily basis, continue taking your medications as prescribed and perform some type of physical activity (a simple 20-30 minute walk 1 hour after lunch, and/or dinner) will do the trick!

How much do you know about human fat cells and how they operate?
(It's important to know this before you can expect any serious results)
There are six pages to the article listed below, please view them all;

http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmenta...

Or you can jump to this section which explains how the body stores fat within these fat cells,

http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmenta...

Either way, once you know how, and why the body does what it does, it's easier to get it to do this in reverse and get what it is that you desire, loss of weight!
There is a science to this, one that body builders, athletes and celebrities employ to lose weight, yet they sell us on a dream of weight loss gimmicks to make money!

Doing it by any other than the natural way that the human body does it, at the rate that it does it may be harmful to your body, or at the least will cause you to regain the weight that you have lost.

~Mays~

AJH
AJH 2012-03-30 11:09:46 -0500 Report

Thanks for with article. I read a little of it and it makes sense. Will read all of it later and follow and see what happens. Why don't the doctors explain this? It will help people to understand their your body. But, as you said, it's a matter of making money. Thanks, again.

MAYS
MAYS 2012-03-30 11:32:45 -0500 Report

Everything is now associated with the "making of money!"
Whatever makes the most money gets the attention, unfortunately.
This may interest you concerning "human fat cells" and how they operate:

Your weight is determined by the rate at which you store energy from the food that you eat, and the rate at which you use that energy. Remember that as your body breaks down fat, the number of fat cells remains the same; each fat cell simply gets smaller!

Here is a very interesting site concerning fat and how to get rid of it:

http://www.iguanadomain.com/2011/10/19/how-do...

~Mays~

shortysmalls
shortysmalls 2012-03-30 17:24:53 -0500 Report

thanks for the site. will ck out later. can use all the help and info can get. doing good lost 2 lbs cya later and have a great day

Armourer
Armourer 2012-03-26 15:09:57 -0500 Report

I'm in your same side of the track. I too take Victoza, have been for a month. Haven't lost a pound, but my BG is fantastic. Also my problem is I eat only one small meal a day, cause I don't feel like eating anything. Keep at it, exercise a little harder, decrease your portions a little. Best to you.

AJH
AJH 2012-03-26 15:59:07 -0500 Report

My doctor says that if I don't start back to losing he will take me off of the Victoza and try something else. We'll see.

jlively1
jlively1 2012-03-26 15:02:50 -0500 Report

AJH, I hate to say this but sometimes it's just your hormones that makes your weight go up and down. You need to just stick to what you are doing, don't get discouraged, and the weight loss will follow. It just might take awhile but "just keep swimming".

jigsaw
jigsaw 2012-03-25 19:21:10 -0500 Report

The medication that you are on is known to frequently help people lose weight or at least not make it difficult. I'm sure this had much to do with your doctors choice of meds. Other then that, I agree with all that Nick1962 has already said. As a rule, and with a good diet and exercise, weight loss can be very gradual and is probably the healthiest way to do it. Also, unless they already have, it's a good idea to have your doctors check your thyroid. A simple T1 test is the usual and can expose the possibility of a sluggish metabolism caused by a thyroid problem.

Nick1962
Nick1962 2012-03-25 18:48:03 -0500 Report

In addition to following what James does ( I do similar with excellent results), I'd say stop looking at the scale. You may also be gaining muscle (which weigjhs more). VIew this as long term, not just week to week. You need that muscle to effectively exercise and burn more fat, and your weight will fluctuate.
What is a sample of the daily feeding plan your dietician recomended if I may ask.

AJH
AJH 2012-03-26 15:40:49 -0500 Report

Thanks to all for the replies and encouragement. The plan is for 1200 per day, not under because I tend to not eat all of my food; 300 calories at each meal x 3, 100 at each snack x 3. That's a lot of food for me. I thought the less you eat the more you can lose. But the dietician says it works the other way around.

Thanks again for the replies.

Nick1962
Nick1962 2012-03-26 18:34:14 -0500 Report

Ditto what James said below, and it will work out well. About a pound a week is average. I do a plan very similar to his and lost 90 lbs. in just under two years, and kept it off.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-03-26 16:03:15 -0500 Report

If you cut your calores too much your body goes into starvation mode and hangs on to every calorie it can.

I want to emphsize that calories does not = carbohydrates. When I was actively losing weight I kept my carbs very low and ate more protein! I lost 65 lbs in 1 year's time without counting ANY calories. I was just conscious of the carbs I ate.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-03-24 16:16:53 -0500 Report

Howdy JH! I have developed my own meal plan on which I have lost 65 lbs last year. If you might be interested in taking a look at it you'll find it here ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/14... Since you are on a antidiabetes medication regimen, you will, of course want to consult with your Dr before trying the meal plan. The only thing I can say is that it works for me and manages my diabetes naturally without resorting to antidiabetes meds of any kind. You may not be at that point where you can manage your diabetes as I do, but totally avoiding grain products (wheat, rice, corn, oats, barley, ect) has allowed me to lower my carb load and use my carbohdrates I do consume (veggies and fruits) to be more useful in managing my diabetes nutritionally.

AJH
AJH 2012-03-26 15:54:17 -0500 Report

I have read your meal plan and that is the way I am suppose to eat. I leave the house so early that I don't have time to cook breakfast. So, I take it with me. Usally, it it boiled eggs and strawberries. Lunch is eaten out but I do eat salad and fruit.
I don't cook dinner but still get a protein, veggies and fruit. (Maybe, I need to eat at home more ofter). I am retired but have so many outside activities that I am rarely home. This could be the problem. I am going to try your food plan (experiment) for 3 months to see how it is working. Thanks.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-03-30 11:09:00 -0500 Report

Great! I would suspect you'll like it enough to try it another 3 months after that.

I am disabled, and so medically retired, doesn't it seem that activities fill up the time we have available?

DeanaG
DeanaG 2012-03-24 13:23:44 -0500 Report

I am having the exact same problem!! ;-)

AJH
AJH 2012-03-26 15:55:47 -0500 Report

Are you going to try jaybee52 food plan? Maybe we can do this.

DeanaG
DeanaG 2012-03-27 23:57:10 -0500 Report

I have been considering giving it a try.

AJH
AJH 2012-03-28 13:54:47 -0500 Report

Ok. I am starting on this Monday. The challenge for me is giving up the bread. I love bread, but I will try this and stick to it. Good luck.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2012-03-28 14:07:30 -0500 Report

I hear you! I too love bread but have nearly given it up because of the high carbs. When I do indulge, it is one thin slice of 5-grain Italian bread. I found that reducing the carbs will help me get better BG numbers and a low-carb diet will help lose excess pounds. I am 5"3" and eat no more than 120 grams of carb per day. I do miss all those lovely pastries and cakes and cookies but have decided that my health is more important.

AJH
AJH 2012-04-01 12:24:09 -0500 Report

You are right. First I am going to give up my beloved bread and then I will try the 5-grain Italian Bread. I will miss my pound cake. But it will be worth getting healthy.

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-03-28 14:10:13 -0500 Report

My sentiments exactly, Lou. Love breads, but love health more and for me it is a choice that allows very little compromise.

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