pesky weight.

raccoon mana
By raccoon mana Latest Reply 2013-04-13 23:43:52 -0500
Started 2013-04-04 11:41:49 -0500

ok im on 1000 mg metformin, walk, exercise like a lunatic, and watch what i eat. but still cant lose any weight.
am i alone in this, or does anyone else have this problem? i lose a few pounds. then they come back. this has been going on for months.
my doctor even had me try juicing before i was diagnosed with type 2. i actually gained 12 pounds!
any ideas would be appreciated. cuz i want my skinny jeans back.

27 replies

raccoon mana
raccoon mana 2013-04-13 23:12:15 -0500 Report

shellbell, you just started metfomin 4 days ago. it took me a month to get my levels down. give your body time to adjust to the meds. also keep in mind stress and illness can raise your levels. the weight loss will help lower them. plus exercise after meals helps get them down. go for a walk after you eat then test. see if it helps.
on another note: HOW did you lose the weight? lol i cant seem to lose a pound. if i do 2 more come back

shellbell45 2013-04-13 21:30:27 -0500 Report

I have a question to for the ladies. Just been diagnosed. Was put on 1000 mg of Metormin. My blood sugars were around 200 or 270 without the meds, but that wasn't watching what I was eating. I have been on the meds for 4 days. BS have been around 145 to the highest of 203 the 1st night. Does it take a bit for them to get down to 120 and lower. I have been follow a pretty strict diet been eating around 1300 in calories. I have lost 27lbs in about 3 weeks. But have not got the BS under control yet. I am worried. I am suppose to send my levels into the doctor next week. I don't want to be put on insulin.

Scarlet03 2013-04-13 22:38:09 -0500 Report

Ive been a diabetic for 13 years, and was on metformin and have lost and gained weight…its and ultimate battle, when you have other issues beside diabetes. But Ive been on insulin for a year, and maintained my weight, but I still have weight to lose. I do my best to count carbohydrates with everything is eat, and I stopped counting calories a long time ago, especially being a diabetic, and if you go low or no sugar and eat more protien and veggies you'll find that your not as hungry and use less carbs…and have more engery

jayabee52 2013-04-13 22:30:39 -0500 Report

I am not a lady (my plumbing is all wrong for that) but I beleive I have something to suggest to you. I note you speak of your food intake in the form of calories. I used to think that way as well when first Dx'd (diagnosed) However once I got clued in to the carbohydrate content in foods and what that content does for BG (blood glucose) levels is when my thinking changed and I got a better handle on my BG levels. Before I needed to rely on a diabetes medication to manage my BG levels now I can contol them simply by what I eat —- and don't eat.

You can "starve" yourself and eat the wrong things and you won't see the BG levels or the weight loss you wish. It wasn't until I chose to remove all grain products from my meal plan, and eat a lot more protein that I was able to lose weight, and normalize my BG readings.

shellbell45 2013-04-13 23:08:30 -0500 Report

I realized thurs that my testing strips are dated 2010. They were having me monitor my BG back then, they were out of the Strips this week. Could that make a difference?

shellbell45 2013-04-13 23:04:17 -0500 Report

Like I said I have been on the meds now for 4 days. Wed I had 100 carbs for the day. Thurs I had 131. Friday 78 Sat 96 all those totals were for the whole day. I didn't think I was doing too bad at watching my carbs. I just thought taking the Metaformin that my levels would be normal. My husband seems to think it takes a bit. I have been eating a lot of protein from 60 to 80 grams a day. And have been eating salads, with Romaine and Spinach.

jayabee52 2013-04-13 23:27:55 -0500 Report

Your husband is probably right (can a man ever be right? LoL!).

Give it a bit of time and your body needs to acclimate to the new med and the new way of eating. If it is not much changed in a week from starting the med, then check with the Dr to see if something may be wrong.

At least you are not like some ppl who are first put on Met. As least you're not either puking your guts, or having bouts of diaharrea, like I've heard some do.

BellaJ1977 2013-04-13 22:12:16 -0500 Report

I was always thin then about a yr before I found out I was diabetic I gained 80lbs very fast. Once I was put on metformin my weight flew off. Then I changed my whole diet at the time, got my sugars under control (wish they were now), and it flew off even more. I lost 102 lbs and thankfully have kept it off and now at 5'6" I weigh 110 and now my mom says I look anorexic but I do eat. I am very happy with myself, my body and my weight for the first time in yrs and not letting anyone take that away from me. You are already doing so well with the weight. Kudos to you :). The blood sugars sometimes take a little longer. I learned sometimes if things in your diet are not working then to change things up and see what works for you. It is what I did. Good luck and huggs :).

GabbyPA 2013-04-07 14:49:35 -0500 Report

I am the same way. I lost a lot of weight at first, over 60 pounds then it stopped. I am glad it didn't come back, but I couldn't get it going again. What I did when I was most successful was to not focus on my weight but my glucose numbers. The harder I worked to get them down, the better I did with my weight. I have lost 17 more pounds and I hope to keep it going.

For me, I just can't focus on my weight...go figure. LOL

raccoon mana
raccoon mana 2013-04-05 19:20:41 -0500 Report

nutritionist and dietcian both have said 1200 is ok fot calories. and have gone over a diet plan, put me on multivitamins, etc. plus my doctor and endcrinologist have okee the calorie intake. i can go up to 1300 on active days though

Chopstix 2013-04-06 14:51:10 -0500 Report

Did they check to see wheather or not your body had low levels of chromium and/or magnesium? They have known since the late 1950's that people whose bodies have low levels or chromium and/or magnesium get high blood pressure and/or diabetes. Apple cider vinegar may help also. I put 1 teaspoon in my cup of green tea. I take magnesium every day along with one aspirin also. I had a heart attack 18 Feb 2013 and my BG was 224 while I was in the hospital. It is back down to around 110 now without taking my Metformin. Doc says alright just keep an eye on BG. I also watch what I eat and walk about 25 minutes just about every day. Oh, by the way, I used to weigh in about 250 pounds. This morning I weighed 198. Flaxseed oil helped with my first 20 pound loss. My taste in foods changed-didn't want fried. Was not as hungry and my knees felt better. It was nice to go by the donuts and not hear my name or go Church's Chicken and don't drool! Now a days I can go all day with a few cups of green tea with apple cider vinegar and not be too hungry. When I want coffee I use stevia. By the way, I'm an over-the-road truck driver and a lot of people were surprised when I started slimming. All the best to you…

raccoon mana
raccoon mana 2013-04-06 14:54:14 -0500 Report

thank you for the ideas. doesnt apple cider vinegar have a strong taste though? cuz just the smell of vinegar turns my stomache.

Chopstix 2013-04-06 17:10:45 -0500 Report

Yes, it does. The unfiltered kind is not as strong. WalMart recently started carrying the Heinz Unfiltered along with the distilled(stronger tasting) one. Try a teaspoon in an 8 oz glass of water with a squeez of lemon or lime juice and a little honey. Start with about 1/4 glass of warm water to desolve the honey. That is one of my summer drinks.

jayabee52 2013-04-06 23:02:41 -0500 Report

should you follow Chopstix's recommendation, please also rinse your mouth out so to avoid the acid in the vinegar and in the limon or lime juice from softening the enamel on your teeth.

Gwen214 2013-04-06 07:24:41 -0500 Report

I was told differently that 1200 is not safe. I decided to do a 1200 cal and nutritionist told me that's starvation mode, especially if exercising. To jump to at least 1400. I've been told Byron than one nutritionist. I always get a 2nd opinion. So, clueless, sorry didn't help.

Gwen214 2013-04-05 18:02:54 -0500 Report

Have you talked to a nutritionist? 1200 is pretty low especially when you're exercising. Eating healthy is a huge part of losing the weight, and to me it looks like you should, But I'm not a professional. So, I think may be you should talk to a nutritionist to make sure you're making healthy choices. Also, tell s/he exactly your exercise and meal plan.

Gwen214 2013-04-04 19:28:31 -0500 Report

How's your meal plan?

raccoon mana
raccoon mana 2013-04-04 19:38:19 -0500 Report

low carbs, low fats. due to severe food allergies i am
limited to what fruits, veggies and fish i can eat. well actually no fish, but can eat shrimp. go figure. im on a 1200 calorie max per day diet.
have cut out all sugars, breads,etc
i think part of it is the women in my family all get fluffy when we hit the big M. so some is genetics. stupid ancestors. lol

jayabee52 2013-04-05 20:10:44 -0500 Report

Well perhaps not so stupid RM, after all they got together to produce YOU! That took some moxy to live long enough!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-04 13:09:52 -0500 Report

Weight loss is not an easy task. Frustration can set it. You have to persevere. I gain five pounds and lose ten then think about what I am eating.

Start over. Get a new meal plan, and exercise as you are doing. Sometimes we have to change what we eat. I was put on a 1200 calorie diet. I can live on 1000 just fine. It upset my doctor but I told him I have done it before. Counting the carbs and the calories can be time consuming but it helps a lot. Good luck.