From Everyday Health, Managing Diabetes: METABOLISM and WEIGHT LOSS

By jayabee52 Latest Reply 2014-07-03 23:59:50 -0500
Started 2014-05-30 17:51:37 -0500

I received this in my Yahoo inbox this afternoon and clicked on the link. What I read there rubbed me wrong. Perhaps it was because I hadn't eaten for a while and was getting cranky, but I wanted to post this and see what YOU think of this advice from Everyday Health ~

So read it and come to your own opinion on this: What say you?

79 replies

Donnadoll 2014-06-17 10:39:15 -0500 Report

I try to eat from all food groups with less carbs. I exercise with the WII Fit program and do yoga, aerobics, stretching, and walking. You don't get bored with this program. You have to burn the calories you eat to lose weight and it all has to become your lifestyle or it doesn't work. I am T2 for 35 yrs and I take insulin.

alternative1 2014-07-03 23:59:50 -0500 Report

it isn't the carbs that you should be concerned about. it is that you aren't exercising enough to burn the calories…and detoxing enough to absorb enough nutrition in your body…

Grandmama16 2014-06-02 01:35:08 -0500 Report

Hi there…Haoleboy…congratulations on your weight loss. My hubby has put on weight since retirement in 04. His job was strenuous and he thought he'd never have a problem. It's all in his middle yet he rides our bike, no gears, and does a lot of work in the yard. His Parkinson's med makes him hungry and tho he went to therapy and classes on exercise to combat PD, he hates it. He would rather play but he is only able to golf. Used to play soccer and racquetball. He's 71. Wish there was a magic belly pill. Bye for now…M.A.

Diane Dorfman
Diane Dorfman 2014-06-01 18:45:01 -0500 Report

I found the article pretty good. I have heard all that stuff before and read the same thing in other articles. Its all how you want to take advise. I pretty much do my own thing and so far seems to be working.

Nick1962 2014-06-01 16:16:04 -0500 Report

I think James, we tend to forget that many here are more “enlightened” regarding food and nutrition than the average Joe (or Josephine) that the article seems to be written for. Had this discussion not long ago with someone wanting to lose weight, and they used “calories” in the very broad, generic sense.
While the basic statement is true, reducing calories is probably the best way to lose weight, we know that the calories we do take in matter just as much. Otherwise, I think it’s just the same info we already know in a different package.

jayabee52 2014-06-03 10:55:53 -0500 Report

This artickle IS addressed to those of us who have diabetes.

I feel that the misunderstanding and confusion between carbs and calories is to use "calories" in a broad generic sense. Plus a calorie can include fats which does not add a carb and therefore does not raise Blood Glucose.

Donnadoll 2014-06-17 10:45:48 -0500 Report

Another way for diabetics to lose weight is by counting carbs not calories. meals should be 45-60g of carbs and snacks should be 15g of carbs. Anyone try this successfully?

Nick1962 2014-06-03 11:45:06 -0500 Report

Can’t disagree that the generic term “calorie” is terribly misleading. Didn’t however see the words diabetes or diabetic anywhere which led me to believe it was intended for the general populace.

jayabee52 2014-06-03 13:45:38 -0500 Report

Nick, I checked and you are correct it is not mentioned in the article anywhere.

However it was there in the email which came into my Yahoo inbox on May 30, in the newsletter from Everyday Health "Living with Diabetes" for which I currently cannot provide a link. ,

Karen Weidner
Karen Weidner 2014-06-03 15:37:02 -0500 Report

James, I get the same emails in my inbox and even though the dont specify in the context it does say in the RE: that is living with diabetes. I agree that they are misconstruing to the PWD that its all about calories. Yes calories matter but to us PWD it is more about our CARB intake. Thats what raises my BS. I think if you are going to address PWD then you need to be specific to a diabetic not the general public.
Just my 2 cents!

Nick1962 2014-06-03 14:25:08 -0500 Report

Thought that was the case and that gets me even more disturbed. Everyday Health is such a broad, generic site that there should be some form of disclaimer. Those newly diagnosed would take such information as gospel and really have a tough time of losing weight and managing numbers.

Grandmama16 2014-06-01 01:09:17 -0500 Report

Confusion reigns…yes to some of what all of you say and I don't even know who I'm answering. Hey, I'm old…what can I say? I take too many drugs for depression, fibro, high BP, cholesterol, anxiety but not daily, sleep apnea, Gerd, diabetes. Then there's supplements that are supposed to reduce blood sugar, help with energy etc etc. So, I'm stuck yelling at myself which is my picture tweeted by grandson. I wanted to tell elizag1 that she has a good idea about the 10 min fast walk. I'll just have to use my grandma walker…an old stroller. I put planting pots in it to make it look like I'm going somewhere to do something. My hubby can ride the bike but I can't due to balance problems. He's not losing weight either…has Parkinson's and one med makes him very hungry. I wanted to tell frog1951 that I get where she's coming from. Pain, stress, depression can sap all a persons ability to even want to exercise. I've had a lot of kids, grandkids to care for over the years and find that I just can't keep up anymore. It's hard. My husband is finally learning that weight is hard to get off and he is hating having to take meds now. You're right…the drug companies make a lot of money on treatment but that's not all bad or our type 1 grandson would be dead…he's 24 strong and healthy thru mostly exercise and loving it and sports. Somebody has to win in searching for better drugs or no one would search. Yet…I wish we all would win. Our daughter died in '06 from cancer and had 4 years of chemo etc. why didn't it work. She was healthy, active stay at home…homeschooling mom who had a garden. The world does not make sense. . Talking too much. Sorry. M.A.

4mouseketeers 2014-06-04 20:31:14 -0500 Report

I had to laugh about your putting plants into your walker so you like like you have a destination! I'm with you there on the 'old' - I am almost 67. And you are so right about the things that sap ones energy. I'm pretty sure depression does that. I hate going for walks. And cleaning the house? Hah. I tell myself I will do it tomorrow but don't. I'm sorry about losing your daughter. Chemo is an awful thing. My sister-in-law suffered a lot & the chemo & radiation only gave her a few months extra. I hope one day to be as positive & strong as so many here on DC are.

elizag1 2014-05-31 18:55:53 -0500 Report

I just try to avoid cake, candy, sweets, and go for more foods that are like beans, chicken soup with lots of white rice or white bread, I love fruit too.
I will eat a granola bar sometimes, or trail mix, peanut butter on toast, I really enjoy tortilla chips (home made) with salsa. I walk everyday…if only 10 minutes It is a fast walk.

Karen Weidner
Karen Weidner 2014-06-03 15:42:23 -0500 Report

I try all of that but I have to steer clear of Fruits also because they will instantly raise my BS. Granola bars are the same way. I did find that I am good with a variety of nuts. I try to walk as much as I can but I just had a toe amputation in March and just got clearance to start walking again now that I have new diabetic shoes with inserts. Really sucks because I love to get out and walk, especially in the evening when it starts cooling off.

Emma2412 2014-05-31 16:06:22 -0500 Report

Hi, Jayabee52 — I, for one, am tired of all of this CONSTANT advice people are so willing to give me about diabetes, exercise, food, etc., etc. I've recently started a food- combining way of eating ("Fit for Life" by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond) and have never felt better in my life. I'm also just plain walking, of course, but I don't think that has anything to do with the fact that I'm losing on this wonderful way to eat. I'm all for people doing what's best for them and being an individual. I know from experience that none of the things I've ever been told about what I should and shouldn't do work for me. They might work for someone else, but not for me. My doctor is doing the same thing, but whatever she tells me is antiquated. She told me I must be eating a lot of sugar one day. I told her that I don't eat sugar at all. But it doesn't make me any healthier by giving up sugar, baked goods, etc., etc. and it certainly doesn't lower my readings by giving up all of that. So, I'm going to continue with the food combining program and see what happens in six months. Then, I'll decide for myself if that's the way for me to go.

jayabee52 2014-05-31 17:29:19 -0500 Report

Howdy Emma
Regarding the advice you are getting from folks, is that from folks on DC, or folks in general?

I am glad you found something which works for you and you have your life going in a good direction for you.

stonehedge 2014-05-31 15:22:58 -0500 Report

Bla bla bla. Let's not get into a pissing game here boys. I will say this you take care of your self. No one else is. But as my old daddy always said. In argument nobody wins.

rcmodelr 2014-05-31 14:55:49 -0500 Report

I want to find a Doctor that has enough experience he can honestly say he has it "mastered" instead of still having to admit that he's "Still practicing."

jayabee52 2014-06-03 10:48:06 -0500 Report

LoL. I'd stay away from that Dr. Think the Drs have a "god complex" now when they're just practicing, just think of how insufferable they'd be when the thought they had it mastered! LoL!

Grandmama16 2014-05-31 14:29:10 -0500 Report

Ok…so if we increase exercise, but not aerobic because that doesn't last, and thereby increase metabolism, we will lose weight and be able to take in more calories But if we stop, due to illness, injury or whatever, it all goes back to pre exercise levels. That is NOT encouraging. I've always said that except for unusual cases, those who go on Biggest Loser, end up gaining at least part of it back. It's not a good program. Grand daughter is a college educated Trainer and exercises a lot and likes protein drinks…eating well but little…but I know if she had to stop, her muscle which is considerable would turn to fat. I don't mean literally. She has always been small but her muscle has made her bigger…tho she isn't training for muscle bulges. It just happens because she is always training others. I'm curious to test her BG. Diabetes does not run in my family but does in my husbands, so why do I have it? Type 2. Grandson has type 1 from Menengitis at 17 but doing well at 24. He's very active but his grandma isn't. I'd like to go back to sleep right now. :) M.A.

haoleboy 2014-05-31 15:06:48 -0500 Report

Guess I am unusual … weight loss to date 170 pounds … my issue has not been putting it back on but to stop losing. Due to issues from a stroke last year and neuropathy that makes walking for any distance difficult, my exercise level is really not what it used to be, although I do get aerobic (walking/calisthenics) and anaerobic exercise (weight/resistance training) daily.
I'm fairly certain that some where on my journey from 325 pounds to 155 my metabolism changed … I guarantee you that my diet changed radically.
At 60 years old I am in the best shape of my life … well … other than the diabetes and the hemiparesis from the stoke.


Type1Lou 2014-05-31 16:55:53 -0500 Report

Kudos Steve! I am not far from 65 years old and, other than the diabetes, feel I am in better shape than I was 40 years ago. (I've had diabetes for 38 years) I'm definitely eating better now with healthier food choices and lower carbs. I weigh what I did at age 21. I still need to exercise more but just signed up at a local healthclub…no more using the Florida heat as an excuse to not exercise!

haoleboy 2014-05-31 13:57:01 -0500 Report

Maybe this will sit better with you James …


jayabee52 2014-05-31 17:25:48 -0500 Report

Thanks Steve. I don't have a problem with that article. What I objected to in the arficle I posted was their insistence on the reducing of calories as the way to lose weight. I wrote a reply to the article saying that rather than paying attention to calories, the focus should be on carbohydrates. Calories may include lipids (at 9 gms per calorie) whereas the reduction in carbs was more telling and brought more reduction of weight than just focusing on calories alone.

I went back and checked the replies and my reply didn't get past the moderators. OH well.

Glucerna 2014-06-01 15:06:02 -0500 Report

I think it varies from person to person, James. I've worked with people with Type 1 who had excellent control of carbohydrate but didn't lose weight until they also started paying attention to calorie intake. And I've worked with people who did the opposite: counted calories without losing weight until they paid attention to carbohydrate. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Tammy Sexton
Tammy Sexton 2014-06-01 09:17:57 -0500 Report

From my understanding it is a combination of both; calories and carbs. I definitely watch my carbs alot more than the calories, but I also look at the amount of fiber, salt, etc. when I'm reading a label. I'm on a 45 carb per three meals a day and a 15 carb snack before bed. That is ALL I worry about. I don't count the calories.

Glucerna 2014-05-31 11:50:33 -0500 Report

Thanks for posting this article, and it really struck a nerve with people with all the discussion. If losing weight were easy, we wouldn't even be talking about this, would we? If there was one 'right' way to lose weight, everyone would do it and again, we wouldn't need to discuss it. I think that in weight loss, like so many things, there are numerous individual differences that mean we need to individualize any approach to each person to find what works best for them. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Tammy Sexton
Tammy Sexton 2014-05-31 11:25:11 -0500 Report

Yes, when we were younger our metabolism, some of us, was working like it was supposed to. Getting older makes it more difficult. I have T2, but have struggled with my weight my entire life. I have been on countless diet and exercise programs, which worked until I got pregnant and gained back 100 lbs. because of Gestational Diabetes. I was diagnosed with T2 in 2005 and was in denial for a long many years.

I know that I need to "exercise" and "eat right", but I'm older and more tired than I used to be. After my last pregnancy I lost more than just motivation to lose weight; I lost the drive that I used to have.

The point is; you do what is best for you. Our doctors are there to help us. Articles like this just frustrate me and leave me feeling overwhelmed. It is not my job to interpret medical articles.

So, in keeping it simple, I watch my carb intake, think about exercising, and take one day at a time. This diabetes that I have is here for the rest of my life. My newest doctor, I changed until I found one that worked with me not against me, told me that I could lose 80 or 100 lbs., but that I probably always have been and always will be Diabetic. This was a real eyeopener for me and I am no longer in denial and am working really hard to maintain.

The following is what I, personally, know to be true for ME:

1. Eating multiple SMALL meals a day will help to keep the metabolism consistent.
2. Burn calories by exercising.
3. Stay away from high carb food like pasta, bread, and rice. Eat more protein.
4. Muscle does weigh more than fats. Look to lose inches.
5. Drink lots of water and stay away from "diet" soda, tea, etc.
6. Take my medicine and follow my doctor's instructions for carbs per meal.
7. They key is not to "diet", but to learn to eat healthy. Diets are only proven to work for a short period of time.

I've gone from having blood sugars in the 400 and 600 range to down to between 100 and 200. I know this stuff works, I just have to be willing to do what is required to maintain.

Type1Lou 2014-05-31 16:42:45 -0500 Report

I love your approach. We can't change the fact that we are diabetics but we can change our behaviors in an attempt to better manage our condition. Getting angry about diabetes or doctors is not productive and may actually cause our BG to rise because of stress that is self-imposed. I'd rather expend my energy on the things that I CAN change. Whether I choose to make those hard decisions is only up to me. Congratulations on your great results.

Tammy Sexton
Tammy Sexton 2014-06-01 09:13:52 -0500 Report

Thank you! It's been a long road, but there is still more to come and I understand that now. I'm NOT going to wake up tomorrow and be a non-diabetic.

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2014-05-31 11:07:14 -0500 Report

What exactly rubbed you the wrong way? Exercising or diet? This is what I read pretty much daily and it has always worked for me so I guess I must have missed something here. The fact that I should be eating more salmon and less ice cream rubs me the wrong way. Please explain. I tried to Like your post, but it didn't register and I must tell you that definitely rubs me the wrong way.

jayabee52 2014-06-01 23:17:42 -0500 Report

it was their insistence on cutting calories as the way to create fat loss and I was thinking a better way was to focus on cutting Carbs.

I told them so in their comment section but what I wrote didn't get past the moderators. Maybe I was too hard on them. Maybe I hadn't eaten for too long and I was cranky (I am better now)

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2014-06-03 06:13:25 -0500 Report

I am guessing it was a glitch Yes; and before Diabetes cutting out carbs worked for me, but now I need a certain amount of carbs and all veggies are my favorite, but I have craved all carbs since I have become diabetic. At one time I was anorexic and not eating anything but green beans for years turned to hyperglycemic and then diabetes. I have always had eating disorders and now I struggle with getting enough sleep and lowering carb consumption. I did eat properly for a few years before becoming diabetic with a balance of protein and veggies with a small amount of fruit and exercised like a mad woman and did feel my best then. Moderation is what I strive for as too much one way or the other sends me into over focused.

Jan8 2014-05-31 10:20:23 -0500 Report

I think this article makes good sound sense. It's something I learned long ago in nursing school.

Type1Lou 2014-05-31 09:29:13 -0500 Report

Other than the statement "While muscle and fat weigh exactly the same on the scale, …", I found the article informative. Saying that muscle and fat weigh the same is like saying a pound of feathers and a pound of lead weigh the same…ignoring the issue of volume. Other issues can also affect metabolic rate. My doctor recently reduced my thyroid medication from 137mcg to 125mcg. In the several weeks since then, I've encountered lower blood sugars and have adjusted both my insulin sensitivity factor and my carb to insulin ratios to avoid hypoglycemic episodes…so, hormones also affect metabolism and were not mentioned in the article.

ICDA250 2014-05-31 09:22:17 -0500 Report

"Exercise and diet boost your resting metabolic rate"… this sentence is contradicted just a little bit later in the article when the author indicates the body can change to starvation type mode when skipping meals or following certain diets in which the body attempts to retain all caloric input as a survival mechanism. Another source of confusion arises because some diets and some foods such as high quality lean proteins do affect basal metabolism but not all diets will affect your metabolism the same.
Infections, fevers, trauma and a number of other factors can affect resting metabolic rate as can conditions such as cancer induced Cachexia.

jigsaw 2014-05-31 06:44:14 -0500 Report

It seems to make sense to me. It doesn't address illness, various conditions and meds, that can also come into play with weight mgmt., but that's another area anyway.

I'm not sure what it was that rubbed you the wrong way. Did I miss something? I am curious to know your thoughts. Obviously, weight mgmt can be a very complex subject.

Pin Cushion
Pin Cushion 2014-05-31 04:56:44 -0500 Report

I would say that when you take fast acting insulin you should space your meals 3 to 4 hours apart that is how long the insulin will stay in your system. So you will not be taking insulin to cover carbs and adding to however much insulin is still in your system from the last shot.

Pin Cushion
Pin Cushion 2014-05-31 04:40:17 -0500 Report

A few years ago I went thru a period (about six months) when I was exercising - strength training and aerobic. My waistline got smaller but I did not lose any weight. I told my doctor I had tightened my belt three holes but I had not lost any weight. He said muscle weighs more than fat. Unfortunately I developed a pain in my shoulder and quit exercising. Now my stomach is fat again.

rcmodelr 2014-05-31 01:03:42 -0500 Report

I'd probably be the wrong person to ask…

From what I've read here and elsewhere, it seems most with Diabetes are trying to LOSE weight…

As long as I can remember though, I have been trying to GAIN weight!!!

And when I became unemployed in 2012, my lack of income forced me to reduce meal sizes and frequency so my weight started to drop…

Then when I got a new job for six months last year, my weight almost stabilized back near but slightly over what I weighed as a FRESHMAN in High School…

But when I got laid off the Friday after Christmas, I was unable to find another job or any income until the end of April 2014 and due to that period of absolutely no income, I lost another 8 lbs…

When I was a Freshman in High School, I weighed almost exactly 160 lbs and maintained that weight until diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes 6 years later, by which time I had lost about 45 lbs over 2 months so at diagnosis, my weight was < 115 lbs!!!

Since then, my weight slowly rose to a high of close to my Doctor's desired weight for me of 180 by April 2012…

But last time I stepped on the scale, it was saying I'm now back down to around 150 lbs even though I haven't tried to cut calories or anything and never really noticed any meal size reductions…

As a Freshman in High School, I wore size 32 x 32 Wrangler Jeans and depending on brand, either Medium or Large T-shirts…

As of TODAY, I STILL wear size 32 x 32 Wrangler Jeans, and still wear T-shirts ranging from Medium to Large depending on brand… ONLY change in clothing size I've had since 8th grade or barely after has been my SHOE size, and for that, the show size number has remained steady between 11 & 13 depending on brand, but back then I could comfortably wear standard size shoes but now for most brands I need width of "Wide," "Extra Wide," or "EE" and still depending on brand, the shoe number size ends up being for some brands an 11 1/2 of "EE" width, while the next brand of shoe, I can wear the "Wide" or "Extra Wide" size but need the size number as high as 13.

alternative1 2014-05-30 23:33:16 -0500 Report

you have to exercise, otherwise your body won't use the glucose to give you the energy you need to sustain the day. and sleep better.

robertoj 2014-05-30 22:26:46 -0500 Report

I agree with what they say. It was easy when I was young. It's much harder now. When I was young I went to school, participated in sports and worked. I burned a lot of calories and ate six small meals a day. Back then food was fuel and my body seemed to know what, when and how much to eat. I was diagnosed hypoglycemic so carbs were a must.

teacherspet 2014-05-30 21:47:43 -0500 Report

Weeel, as much as I want to say, bunko, this has proven true in my case. First I have lost over 80 lbs and it was with the "less in/more out" idea. On days or weeks that I don't follow some kind of exercise routine, rarely aerobic because of my disability, I don't loose anything or very little. During those times I put the two together, eating and exercise, I can lose more depending on what I eat. Since I follow a low carb, higer protein way of eating…this follows the article, I do lose more and build more muscle than fat. I have the last 20 lbs to lose, and we'll see. Plus my numbers are better also.

lightofmysoul40 2014-05-30 21:06:05 -0500 Report

it is the same thing i've been hearing for years. you have to burn more calories than you take in or you won't ever lose weight. makes sense to me

frog1951 2014-05-30 20:37:06 -0500 Report

I get tired of the same of story - diet and exercise - I can't exercise - I have pain from neuropathy and fibromylgia - back and shoulder surgery - they can't seem to ease the pain - I have gained since I was put on insulin in 1981 - you can blame me but I am sick of the blame game - I exercised heavily until I had my first surgery in 2009 (open heart) - the weight was because of a HORMONE CALLED INSULIN - I have always had a major issue with my weight - I have went on 800 calorie diet (by the doctor) and gained weight - diabetes treatments have changed hundreds of times since I was diagnosed in 1981 - I am 62 will be 63 in November - I have heard the same old blame game - the same rules do not always work for every single person but they hurt some people that work real hard and they can't get things under control regardless of what they do. I am sick and tired of the BLAME GAME when the medical profession cannot find out what the problem is - when researchers and medical professionals are too lazy or stupid to find the answers all they know to do is to blame the patient - I am tired of it - Metformin gives me the runs - I have to take massive amounts of insulin - when I do that I gain and then my needs increase - I take in less than 2000 calories a day. Do you want me to go to 1500 or less - that is basically starving myself - which is saying you guys have no clue on how to do anything for metabolism problems. So go ahead and blame because that is all you know - blame blame blame - since you cannot find cures - cure is not a word in the research or medical field - only treatments - paid for by pharmaceutical companies and others making trillions off of chronic diseases like diabetes.

Type1Lou 2014-05-31 09:38:33 -0500 Report

Rather than counting calories, have you counted the carbohydrates that you are consuming. For me, reducing the number of carbs I eat per day has given me greater control. I have no idea how many calories per day I eat. I am a 5"3", 64 year old female and try to eat no more than 120 grams of carb per day. It has allowed me to maintain my weight at 120 pounds. Cutting back on the carbs is not easy but I find the results well worth it.

haoleboy 2014-05-30 20:41:21 -0500 Report

Hi frog … if you haven't already you should watch this:

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2014-05-31 11:32:54 -0500 Report

Wow! I sure hope he lives long enough to make a big difference as he sure seems like someone who has the interest to do that. Thank you so much for including this.

frog1951 2014-05-30 21:06:07 -0500 Report

thanks - I am going to discuss this with my endo - he will probably laugh at me

frog1951 2014-05-30 21:14:04 -0500 Report

That was good but really did not say anything except that the medical field could be wrong which is what I am saying - when I follow it up - he just has a diet for losing weight so he has not gone any further and has digressed back into the blame game - bought off by the pharmaceutical companies is my guess

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2014-05-31 11:39:52 -0500 Report

Well, he is right not all calories are created equal. I could eat 5 heads of lettuce and not gain weight, but if I ate 5 loaves of bread I would. I believe that is common sense. This one reminded me of watching a program on PBS that asks for contributions to allow them to go on to ask for more contributions.

elizag1 2014-05-30 20:21:05 -0500 Report

I like the post…I know not eating makes you ill. I used to do that and, I cannot lose weight because of the thyroid but, I walk everyday anyway and, I just hope to
lose more soon…Never give up.

frog1951 2014-05-30 20:53:08 -0500 Report

I also have a thyroid issue - I take .150 mcg of Levothroxin everyday which is a high dose. I have tried everything - I am going to watch to movie above - I think it is going down the way that I am thinking but the medical profession does not believe it.

haoleboy 2014-05-30 18:39:25 -0500 Report

I was convinced that this was absolutely true until I watched Dr. Peter Attia's TED talk now I'm thinking it maybe a whole lot more nuanced than I thought.

simonizer77 2014-05-30 18:32:13 -0500 Report

There are two sides. It's metabolism or calories. Well factually it's both. My brother has a super fast metabolism and eats like a horse with no exercise. He's a rail. I have a slow metabolism, eat fairly healthy and get exercise and I'm obese. Metabolism is a factor unless you're ignorant. The main reason to eat breakfast is to kick start your metabolism to get you going.

GabbyPA 2014-05-30 18:19:19 -0500 Report

I see a lot of truth in that from my life. When I exercise more, my body does more for me in the weight loss part, as long as I don't eat stupid foods that sabotage my work. I know when I exercise at night it does more for my sugar levels then it does when I exercise in the morning, so I try to do both.

Dark Sonja
Dark Sonja 2014-06-04 15:44:18 -0500 Report

Does exercising in the evening help with high sugars in the morning? We both still have higher sugars first thing in the morning and I always thought that was when they should be lower.

GabbyPA 2014-06-05 06:29:08 -0500 Report

Evening exercise helps me with my high AM numbers, specially if I do cardio exercise at night.

frog1951 2014-05-30 20:55:29 -0500 Report

I can't exercise and eating less does nothing - I watch what I eat and still nothing - I have pain issues that limit my exercise - I try to do some yard work but that usually puts me in the bed for days which does not help - I am destined to die early - I am 62 - I believe that is what the elites wants - kill us off an have more for themselves - Steve Jobs missed - it got him first

Pegsy 2014-05-30 20:28:12 -0500 Report

Thanks for sharing that, Gabby. i tend to exercise in the morning and find that it doesn't do as much as I hoped. I think I'll try evening exercise for a while and see if there is a difference.

hamhock62 2014-05-30 18:10:49 -0500 Report

I wish it were that simple. I think that metabolism changes from day to day and maybe even from minute to minute. I know that my body will process things differently no matter what I eat. The best we can hope for is that by monitoring our diet we can achieve some stability. But even a tightly controlled diet can send me off track depending on my emotions and what is happening around me and maybe even the weather and how I hold my mouth.
I clicked on the breast cancer triggers site and ended up watching what looked like an infomercial but not to the end. I've had breast cancer twice and know a lot about it and don't think anyone has all the answers. I'll pass on Everyday Health - thank you very much.

frog1951 2014-05-30 22:22:43 -0500 Report

stress, pain, literally anything can cause you bs to fluctuate but doctor will only say that food is the only thing that can change you bs - that is BS - I have been a Type 2 for 30+ years and have been in good and bad shape - I am here to tell you that I was in good shape and had bad things happen and watched my bs go to over 400 - no FOOD involved - they have no clue and don't want to as long as they can BLAME

jerrymc 2014-05-30 20:01:16 -0500 Report

i try to work out with weights and some cardio 3 times a week. it has trimmed me up a lot helps my b .s

frog1951 2014-05-30 21:04:08 -0500 Report

wish I could - I was working out on weights and doing cardio and my bs was still over 300 - I tore my rotator and then found out that my facet joints were disintegrating - had to have a metal cage around my l4,l5 and my rotator cuff still not better

frog1951 2014-05-30 22:24:52 -0500 Report

btw - I am 62 and have lots of heath issues caused by the diabetes that the doctors and researchers won't even try to figures out so they can drive high end cars and live in expensive houses - paid off but corporations that make trillions from a money making disease (trillions at least) - no cure with greed involved