I'm back again.

By Brandijean21 Latest Reply 2013-08-26 19:23:49 -0500
Started 2013-08-19 15:59:04 -0500

I'm back once again. I've missed everyone. Just wanted to let you all know that I've had a rough time with my diabetes. I've gained weight which I hate. My medication hasn't been working well and my A1c isn't very good. Anybody have any advice on weight loss? I've cut back on a lot and started using sensa with my mom but it doesn't seem to be working. Any advice would be helpful! You guys always know how to put a smile on my face with your advice. Some amazing people on here :)

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Bun10 2013-08-26 19:23:49 -0500 Report

Carbs! Know which ones are good carbs and which ones go right into your system immediately. Try to eat whatever you would stick between two pieces of bread, without that bread. Avoid white bread, white potatoes, and white rice. Divide your plate. 1/4 for 4-6 oz of protein (the size of a deck of cards) 1/4 of GOOD starch (sweet potato the size of a computer mouse, brown rice, Quinoa (also a protein). Never eat any bread or flour that refers to the flour as enriched. That word means the sheath has been stripped of all the good "stuff". 1/2 of your plate can be cooked veggies and/or salad. The darker the green the better. But remember you want fiber like squash. If you haven't tried spaghetti squash with a little butter or spaghetti sauce, give it a try. Be adventurous. Try veggies you've never tried before. Listen to Nick. Portion control is a BIG part of losing weight. Ride a bike, start walking. I lost 50 lbs this way. Watch your salt intake. It makes you retain water. Drink lots of water or ice tea. Don't drink your calories. Good luck!

Nick1962 2013-08-21 08:36:58 -0500 Report

Good to see you again Brandijean.
As far as weight loss goes, the only real effective way is to take in just slightly less calories than you burn. You’d be surprised just how little you need to keep going during the day. Now your needs will be far different than your mother’s because of age and activity level, so here’s a handy calorie calculator to figure out at least a ball park number for the both of you. http://www.calculator.net/calorie-calculator....

How you get those calories is important too. Sure you could get them just eating butter by the stick, but that’s not real nutrition. Things I would think important for you and your mother would be calcium, potassium and vitamin D – and obviously protein. Also remember, fat is necessary to a diet also, so eating lean meats is a good idea, but there’s really no need to strip your chicken naked of its skin unless you plan on eating chicken every day.
That help any?