Weight Loss

By genniedevera Latest Reply 2012-09-19 14:54:11 -0500
Started 2012-09-11 05:42:22 -0500

Ever since I've been diagnosed T2 on May, I've been exercising, eating healthy and in moderation. My problem is I keep losing weight. How do I maintain my weight and not lose anymore? I'm 5'1" tall and I now weigh 111, I was 127. I was advised my weight is good, I'm afraid my weight will keep dropping and be underweight. Please help! Do I need to stop exercising? Or just eat more?

12 replies

awakening2health 2012-09-19 14:54:11 -0500 Report

Weight loss is generally good for diabetics to be sure, but really - ideally - you want to lose FAT and GAIN MUSCLE. The only way to gain muscle is exercise - mainly weight lifting. There is no need to hit heavy weights, but going to a gym and get really fit, will improve if not cure your diabetes, and you will feel terrific!

MAYS 2012-09-14 08:13:50 -0500 Report

Remember, our bodies need all the help that we can give it, so don't be alarmed at your weight loss, as long as it is within reason, you are helping your body by doing manually what it should be doing automatically, and that is a good thing!
Talk to your doctor (s) about any concerns that you may have about losing weight.

genniedevera 2012-09-12 06:31:23 -0500 Report

If my BS is high just right before bedtime, should I still drink the protein shake?

MAYS 2012-09-13 10:05:07 -0500 Report

Yes, it will prevent your body from feeding upon itself, you can try consuming half of it if it will make you feel better about doing so.

Lizardfan 2012-09-11 16:01:24 -0500 Report

My endo says that for women the weight guide for 5'1" you should weigh 104lbs. You get 100lbs for 5' and 4 additional pounds for each inch over 5'. If you are happy with your weight now I would discuss it with your doctor. I attend weight watchers and they have you add foods when you reach your goal weight and begin maintenance. Try adding a few servings daily of different foods and see where you end up on gaining or stopping the slide. I would not stop exercising, we need that to stay healthy. Good luck!

genniedevera 2012-09-11 06:41:55 -0500 Report

Thanks Mays! I bought some glucerna protein shakes… should I drink that 2 hours after dinner just right before I go to bed?

MAYS 2012-09-11 08:14:08 -0500 Report

Just before you go to bed would be fine, stir in a teaspoon of protein or whey powder if you like, i used to add a tablespoon of Old Fashioned Oats to my protein drinks, whatever you decide don't stop working out just feed your body so that it doesn't begin (or continue) feeding off of itself!

These may interest you:

Avoiding a Catabolic State

Some simple measures can be taken to avoid a catabolic state. A protein drink can be beneficial after a round of rigorous training. Intake of carbohydrates and proteins about one or two hours before and after a workout will work wonders for your body, and keep you from feeling lethargic. Nowadays, there are a number of protein drinks that have been proven to be effective in helping people avoid a catabolic state. These drinks contain essential as well as non-essential amino acids, such as Gamma Amino Butyric Acid, or GABA, which is responsible for secreting growth hormones that repair muscles in the body.

Vitamin C is vital for strengthening your immune system, and it contributes significantly to the maintenance of an anabolic state. Therefore, consuming foods or beverages that contain vitamin C (such as orange juice) before training can help stave off a catabolic state.




MAYS 2012-09-11 06:34:41 -0500 Report

Here is the biggest problem that most diabetics have…Ask your doctor are you losing weight in the form of "body fat" or are you losing "muscle mass"?
The reason for the question is this (i experienced it personally and until it was explained to me by my physical therapist, it was somewhat frightening) when the human body begins to starve (as in diabetes) it may resort to breaking down muscle tissue to feed itself proteins which it gets from breaking down muscle mass!

This in turn helps the body to generate the energy necessary to carry out the additional life saving, survival functions such as producing additional fluids to help remove the excess glucose in the blood, which it will also do by removing some water from muscle tissue, the blood stream, internal organs and from the waste contents of the large intestine (ever wonder why diabetics are so constipated?) even the consumption of high fiber foods and supplements cannot help but so much when the body is in the mode of operation.

The best remedy for this is to provide your body with a source of protein "after hours" that will slow down this process, which is known as "Catabolism" a little exercise weekly and the consumption of either a cup of yogurt, cottage cheese, or a whey (or) casein protein drink before going to bed should help, your body will concentrate and feed on this source of protein instead of on your muscle tissue!

(This brings back memories of my athletic days in the weight room)

So don't stop exercising, supplement it with what I just mentioned and in about 6-8 weeks you will see a major difference, and feel it as well!


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