Low Carb Dieting?

Jade R
By Jade R Latest Reply 2012-07-12 03:59:50 -0500
Started 2012-07-06 23:07:07 -0500

I am considering starting on the Atkin's diet and was looking for some feedback. I figured I could kill two birds with one stone: 1) More easily control my blood sugars because there are less carbohydrate variables to worry about, and 2) loose some weight. I am 19 years old and weigh 160 lbs, ideally I would like to get that down to 140. I am a Type 1 diabetic.

15 replies

Controlled 2012-07-09 20:14:16 -0500 Report

As others have mentioned, adapting the Atkins diet is probably the better idea. I am concerned about the (what I believe to be) excessive fat that is permitted and encouraged by Atikins. You can read that "Atkins weighed 258 pounds at his death, making the diet-guru clinically obese, and that he had a history of heart disease, congestive heart failure, and hypertension." I understand that people can ask questions about anything, hyperventilate on hyperbole and argue that his health condition had noting to do with his death, an alleged "fall." Nevertheless, it's kinda' interesting..no?

Lots of us here lost lots of weight based on the nutritional habits that were posted in response to you. You can too. After a few days, you actually feel good when you reduce carbs. After a little while, you lose cravings and can "control" your BG to a large degree just by closely monitoring your nutrition. That makes you feel better too.
Let us know what you decide. I hope that everything that you do works for you.

Troope 2012-07-09 16:52:44 -0500 Report

Jade, if you have an endocrinologist you see regularly about your diabetes they may have a dietitian in the office with them or set you up with one. My endo has two dietitians in his office I work with. Typically any physician referrals I need I go through my endo because I trust him.

Jade R
Jade R 2012-07-09 22:31:25 -0500 Report

Yes I've seen my dietitian but to be honest they're never really much of a help.

Armourer 2012-07-12 01:29:00 -0500 Report

Weird, I dropped my endo because he really didn' do anything, and to me it was a waist of my meager dollars. But the dietitian has been a life send, she is the one who figured I needed to add carb counting to my insulin doses'. I basically eat very little carbs, maybe 35 total carbs a day. Some days none. But I eat lots of eggs, both scrambled and hard boiled, and lots of Greek yorgut 24 grams a serving of protein, and quinoa! Add some cheese, peppers and berries and this is what I eat every day. And lots of water! Good luck!

JSJB 2012-07-12 03:59:50 -0500 Report

I'm not to the point where I need a dietition. I create my own diet and am doing ok with monitoring what I am eating. If you read you can create your own diet and save the money to by supplies.

Type1Lou 2012-07-08 16:08:57 -0500 Report

After reading Dr Richard Bernstein's "Diabetes Solution" my eyes were opened to the effect that carbs have on raising our BG's. He is a strong advocate (some might say "extreme") for eliminating carbs from a diabetic diet. A Type 1 himself, he discovered the low carb approach way back (I think in the 1970's) long before lowering carb intake was advocated for us by the mainstream diabetes educators. It's worth reading for the insight it gives. I've seriously reduced the amount of carbs I eat (although not as drastically as Dr. Bernstein advocates: I believe he runs a clinic in New York.) I currently try to eat no more than 120 grams of carb per day. I'm 5'3" and weigh 120 lbs. It works for me!

Kirla 2012-07-08 11:21:13 -0500 Report

Atkins and most low carb diets will have you greatly reduce high carb starchy foods for a limited amount of time. Most allow lots of low carb vegetables. Then over time you add back more carbs until you reach a certain level where you can stabilize your weight. At first I believe you will eat about 30-40 net carbs per day for anywhere from a couple of weeks or maybe a month or 2 at most. Then you slowly add about 5 net carbs per week until you notice your weight no longer drops but maybe will gain a pound or two and then you reduce by 5 net carbs until your weight stabilizes. What this level is, is different for all people. Some may have to stop adding at 70-80 and some can stop at 120-150. Everyone is different.

I kind of follow a modified Atkins diet and have been doing great, blood sugar wise for over 3 years now. Weight is another thing. I found you can add back more carbs for blood sugar control but be too many for weight loss.

I just don’t eat all the saturated fat that some people eat on this type of diet. I try and keep my saturated fat below 10% of my total calories per day. I found eating lots of low carb vegetables with small amounts of meat works pretty good for me. Chicken and fish is best.

My opinion is. Try it. Cutting high carb starchy foods for a limited amount of time shouldn’t hurt. If you find the diet doesn’t agree with you, you can always stop and go back to what you do now. I found that cutting back on bread, pasta and most food made with flour helped me a lot. You will never know for sure unless you try it.

Just remember that you may have to greatly reduce your insulin when reducing carbs. I never had a low but have read that they are something to avoid at all costs. If you find yourself going low a lot you may have to either cut insulin or add carbs. Atkins is a 4 phase diet. I kind of started in phase 2. No one says you have to start phase one. You can start in any phase you feel more comfortable with.

By following an Atkins type of diet I was able to reduce my A1C from 14.1 to 5.9 in less that 4 months and blood sugar went from the 300 pus range to almost normal numbers in about 4-6 weeks. Only diabetic drugs I was taking was Metformin. Was able to stop all drugs after 2 months and have been drug free for over 3 years now. I know you will not be able to stop insulin but you may be able to reduce it some.

Jan8 2012-07-08 07:28:27 -0500 Report

Carbs are very important with a diabetic diet. Adkins diet is too restricting with them.

IronOre 2012-07-10 22:42:53 -0500 Report

I agree totally. The brain feeds on carbs, and it affects other things as well.
When your BS goes low, the brain goes silly on you.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-07 19:40:36 -0500 Report

The Atkins diet can cause stress on your kidneys as well as cause diabetic comas because your carb intake is very low. I would simply cut out breads, rice, pasta, white potatoes etc. I did this and lost weight as well as gained control of my blood sugar levels. I don't do fad diets because personally, I think they are unhealthy.

jigsaw 2012-07-07 20:05:45 -0500 Report

I think your right on! I did a modified Atkins diet for 16 years. I posted quite a bit of info on my results a few times. In summation, I did maintain excellent control of my bg, but I began to develope other problems related. Currently, I do watch and limit my carbs, but I am no longer on the Atkins Diet. My current diet includes much more healthy variety, and I have much more energy as my wife will attest to. The biggest and most important change for me was learning and incorporating portion control. It has tremendous impact on my bg, and I'm sure it would help most.

Jade R
Jade R 2012-07-07 20:08:14 -0500 Report

Thanks! The diet just seems so good in theory. Training your body to use up those fat reserves and to get used to smaller portions.

Jade R
Jade R 2012-07-07 19:53:12 -0500 Report

Yeah I don't think they are the healthiest thing in the world but I don't want to make an entire life style out of it. Just temporary.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-07-07 07:26:04 -0500 Report

I have learned a lot here from everyone and going low carb is the way to go! Atkins can mean having to buy certain foods, which can be costly, like the shakes. I learned from an individual here that sometimes you eat based on what your meter tells you. If I am at a 78 BG will have a half apple and some protein. I hardly do breads, and if I do it's Natures own which one slice equals 10 carbs, I have lost 4 lbs in two wks. good luck! I am and have been on a low carb diet from the beginnning. I had a few months with a lot of lows and changes with insulin so had put on some pounds, they're almost gone!

IronOre 2012-07-07 02:59:01 -0500 Report

You probably don't have to go on the Atkins diet; basically just cut down on your starches ~ breads, pastas, corn, potatoes, stuff like that.
Several years ago I lost almost 40 lbs that way, so 20 lbs is doable for you.

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