Weight loss & Insulin

By Roxdel Latest Reply 2012-05-11 19:38:16 -0500
Started 2012-05-07 08:08:56 -0500

I have been taken off of my Metformin and am now just on Insulin. I am gaining weight now. Is it possible to lose weight while on insulin?

Tags: weight loss

12 replies

Armourer 2012-05-11 13:14:02 -0500 Report

Unfortunately weight gain from insulin is a bad side effect for many, I'm one of those. I've gained 40 pounds from insulin use in the last six years. Although portion and food isn't the problem my lack of exersize is part of the problem because of two back inujuries I can barely walk, now I'm up to a quarter mile but there's no areobic so it really is of little help. Doc put me on victoza and I lost 15 pounds but seem now to have stabalized (bummer). Do brisk walks, stop drinking diet soda (if you do), drink lots of water. I ditto what pharmicest george said. Good luck!

Roxdel 2012-05-11 19:38:16 -0500 Report

Thanks Armourer, I am trying to do more walking, and I do drink water and I'm trying to watch my portions. Glad you've lost some weight with the victoza.

Pharmacist George
Pharmacist George 2012-05-09 00:51:52 -0500 Report

Hi Roxdel,

Although one of insulin's side effects is weight gain, you can fight it off by making favorable lifestyle choices. I call it the Two Step Lifestyle Makeover where you create a deficit of about 500 calories per day. First Step, increase your daily walking to about 30 to 45 minutes a day broken down to increments of 3 to 4 minutes every waking hour which will get you to burn about 250 calories a day. Second Step, shave off about 250 to 300 calories from food or beverage by cutting back one small bag of potato chips or a loaded coffee beverage, sweet tea, milk shake or smoothie and raise your fiber intake from oats, whole grain, fruits and vegetables. Don't forget to drink 6 to 8 cups of water a day. When doing this you'll lose a couple pounds a week and most definetely offset the weight gain insulin side effect.

Roxdel 2012-05-09 07:52:52 -0500 Report

Thank you Pharmacist George, I will do that.

Pharmacist George
Pharmacist George 2012-05-09 14:24:19 -0500 Report

You are quite Welcome Roxdel. The key here is simplcity, balanced action and persistance is what people can do to be active participants in their wellbeing.

Several studies when comparing various famous diets such as Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig etc... found that the details of the diets don't matter a whole lot to a successful weight loss but they found that the most critical factors to the success of any long term sustained weight loss effort is simplicity in creating a caloric deficit like I mentioned in my post and most importantly PERSISTANCE.

Hence my famous quote: Small persistant actions can get you priceless health benefits. So that's all you have to do then build on it gradually. Hope this is helful. Take care.

jigsaw 2012-05-09 07:12:46 -0500 Report

Pharmacist George…I believe your advice is invaluable, and can be helpful to many! IMHO it cuts through much of the confusion. I hope many listen to what you have to offer. Thanks for your generosity!!!

Pharmacist George
Pharmacist George 2012-05-09 14:13:13 -0500 Report

Thanks Jigsaw I really take this to heart and I am glad to be of help to you and others. Let me know if you have any questions and I promise you that there will be a lot more to come. Thanks.

Jake Levinthal
Jake Levinthal 2012-05-08 13:37:10 -0500 Report

Its definitely possible to lose weight just have a very strict diet plan and try to exercise a bit each day. Like this you will be able to accomplish your weight goal!

ShellyLargent 2012-05-08 13:21:27 -0500 Report

Yes, you can lose weight while still on insulin. It's tougher to do, but can be done. I'm in the process of losing 50+ lbs. I eat a low carb, low calories diet. I try to use as little insulin as possible. Exercising every day helps too. I try to walk on my lunch hour, about 3 miles daily. I'm already down 20 lbs. I am working very closely with my endo on a healthy diet plan that works.

GabbyPA 2012-05-07 21:06:06 -0500 Report

Here is how it has been explained to me by my diabetes educator.

When we have insulin, it allows the glucose to enter our cells. There it is energy. If you use it up, it is good. If you don't use it up, it turns into fat. Thus we gain weight.

Since it is often a kind of sudden change, our body gets a bit out of sort. Usually getting in some extra exercise will help take care of that gain. Adjusting your diet or insulin dose may help as well. That is where you can speak with your doctor and find out what will work for you.

jigsaw 2012-05-07 08:46:18 -0500 Report

You can definitely lose weight while on insulin! When I started insulin, I gained about 13 pounds very quickly! After much frustration and attempts to lose weight, I saw my dietician. With her advice, I lost the 13 pounds that I gained, and stopped gaining weight!!! The most important thing that helped was portion control. Eventually I adjusted to the smaller portions. The old formula still works, to many calories and not enough exercise=weight gain. Insulin does make things tougher, but with a good mind set, you can definitely lose weight.