By ashley50 Latest Reply 2014-03-17 18:24:47 -0500
Started 2014-03-11 16:55:25 -0500

I need some help! I need some ideas to help me try to loose weight! Ever since i started taking care i my diabetes, my weight just goes up! I have type 1!

18 replies

Nitabugg 2014-03-17 18:24:47 -0500 Report

hey!! I am also type 1 so i know loosing weight isnt easy! I went from a size 9 to a size 5 in a little time!! I went on a high carb vegan diet :) It is great if you can balance you blood sugar levels on it! I managed to decrease my insulin alot!! It was a plus because we saved money…Also started taking SWEET EZE! these are great for all diabetics! it is a dietary supplement formulated to help you loose weight and maintain blood sugar levels as well! let me know if you want more info on them:)

Set apart
Set apart 2014-03-13 05:56:31 -0500 Report

Hi Ashley, I am also a T1, there for a while I felt like always had to eat, because I was dropping. My Diabetic Educator, said I was having to feed my insulin. In six months I've been able to cut down my long lasting insulin 10 units, and have lost 8 pounds. I did with with HER GUIDANCE, so please don't do anything on your own. As you cut a down what you eat, your body requires less insulin, and it also depends on how active you are. I am also on a very strict diet, I eat well, but I hardly ever eat out, my breakfast might be a cup of oikos plain yogurt with a little bit of flavored stevia drops and a boiled egg, no yolk. I eat a lot of veggies with hummus, jerky, dinner is usually salad and a lean portion of protein. Every morning includes a 40 minute cardio workout. I am 5'3" at 120 lbs with last A1c 6.3. You can do it, good luck!

harry1 2014-03-13 04:44:38 -0500 Report

Don't do what I did I stopped taking my insulin. I went from 290 lbs to 219 lbs in 3 months it cost me. My wife had to rush me to the hospital in January they kept me for 4 days in the wacko ward. They said that I tried to kill myself by not taking my insulin. Since I've been out and taking my insulin I'm putting the weight back on I asked my doctor about this she said that taking the insulin its changing the sugar into fat. She wants me to start walking when this weather breaks and watch what I eat. Trust me don't stop your insulin. You don't want to go in the wacko ward its like jail I was stripped search they force your meds on you I could not even go pee without a nurse checking to see where I was and at night every 15 minutes a nurse would come into the room and flash a light into my eyes…it six.

LucreciaS 2014-03-12 20:47:34 -0500 Report

Ashley, I am also type 1 and I struggle with my weight everyday. Besides, I gained 70 pounds when I was pregnant with the twins, and I am still trying to loose baby weight. About a year ago, I joined this group is called my fitness pal, I am not sure if you heard about them or not. They have an android app and or you can just join and log in from your computer. Their website is free, is at … they help you keep tracking of what you eat, your calories, your excersice, everything, and depending on your needs they help you to create the right profile for you. Check them, they work great for me so far. You are welcome to look for me and add me as a friend, then we can be weight loss buddies and encourage each other :) Good luck!

Nana D76
Nana D76 2014-03-12 11:04:48 -0500 Report

Don't compare your self to others either..I kept thinking I was doing horrible . My friend same height as me but different body frame weighs 15 less than me but we both wear the same size clothing …at first my Dr. Instructed me to loose more weight then went…well I think you great where you are. I like type1lou below am 5'3" but weight 140. Lost 53 two yrs. Size 4 but weigh a lot more…so see don't's about how you feel… Not passing out and being healthy enough to watch your friends and family as you grow older from the bleachers instead of the wheel chair if possible.

Nana D76
Nana D76 2014-03-12 10:54:29 -0500 Report

I can say… 1. As much how much you eat as well as what you eat. Portion size and not skipping mid day are very important. 2. You have to work at it..did you buy the book that has allll the foods carb. Content in it. It has fast food as well. 3. Don't go all bat crazy with exercise until your body adjusts to change of foods. Remember it is going to try to keep what you put on as long as it can. 4. Lists, lists list… Read the boxes ,bags and pay close attention to the carb. Content and serving size ..if you read it and go… Wt that's not worth the serving size…you guessed it find will do fine…don't give up…

LucreciaS 2014-03-12 20:48:58 -0500 Report

Portion is very important, I agree with Nana here, plates are so huge now days, may be try to use a smaller plate, or a desert plate instead of a regular one can help. Good luck!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-03-11 19:57:04 -0500 Report

I started out measuring and weighing everything. I stuck to the serving sizes/portion control. Then I started walking. Helped me a lot.

mjhorgan 2014-03-11 19:02:28 -0500 Report

This is a hard one. Insulin makes you put on weight, insulin allows the carbs to cause fat cells. However, Insulin is a VERY good thing as we all know. The key is to reduce the amount of insulin you need. To do that you need to increase activity, do something active everyday. A walk, exercise, something to just to move around, next is to reduce the carbs you eat, once you can do those things then the amount of insulin you need will be reduce. Now this is the hard part, this all need to happen at the same time. If you increase exercise and reduce carbs but still take the same amount of insulin then you risk going low. Good luck I struggle with this same problem. Sometimes I over correct with insulin then I end up having carbs I don't really want or need.

ashley50 2014-03-11 18:08:17 -0500 Report

Well i try not to over indulge james. But sometimes it happens? I am pretty good with my carb counting, but there are times when i over so my insulin or not enough. I am trying to cut out all fast foods? Hoping that will help.

LucreciaS 2014-03-12 20:51:05 -0500 Report

Cutting down on fast food is great, even subway sandwiches have a ton of calories and carbohydrates, some of them look healthy but their calories are off the charts. Cutting down on sodas help too, since I started drinking water instead of soda I don't feel bloated any more and is great to help you loose weight. If you can't drink it plain, may be flavored can help. :) Just an idea, hugs!

jigsaw 2014-03-11 17:59:35 -0500 Report

I'm not sure what methods you have taken, but here's my boring, but effective take on the matter. Utilize portion control and count calories! Exercise aerobically! I do a minimum of 1/2 hour walk almost everyday, and it really helps.
Take in the right amount of calories for your build, and no more! Maybe even less while you are losing weight.

Sorry, but I know of no magical formula that works. One other thing, get your mind set on succeeding! Don't try, just do it! If you just try, you leave room for failure, but if you just do it, you can't fail. Think about how great you will feel! You can do it, because there is nothing stopping you but yourself!

Type1Lou 2014-03-11 17:25:30 -0500 Report

My advice would be to cut down on the carbs you are eating. By reducing the carbs, you should drop those excess pounds. I'm 5"3" tall and have kept my weight around 120 lbs by limiting my carbs to no more than 120 grams per day. My last A1c was 6.7. Find out first, how many carbs per day you are eating now and then cut back. It works for me!

jayabee52 2014-03-11 17:24:54 -0500 Report

Howdy Ash!
Since you are T1D you are using insulin to manage your diabetes. Do you follow the practice of injecting extra insulin when you overindulge in carbohydrates?

As you know, insulin acts like a key opening the lock of a cell wall to allow the glucose into the cell to provide fuel for operation.

If there is excess fuel available, the insulin opens the fat cells and allows the excess glucose to be stored there for later use. Of course if one continues to over eat there continues to be excess glucose which is shunted to fat cells, and fat builds up.

So please describe what you eat, and in what amounts so perhaps we can get a handle on what tweaks may need to be made to your meal plans

God's best