weight loss

By lilleyheidi Latest Reply 2014-10-28 22:59:13 -0500
Started 2014-10-09 05:40:22 -0500

Hi, I'm Heidi. I'm 54 this month, and been not dealing with my type 2 diabetes since diagnosis in 2010. This summer I had a close friend pass away from non diabetic related kidney failure which prompted me to take all steps necessary to take care of my diabetes so hopefully I can prevent any kidney problems or other diabetic health problems. I've started taking my insulin (levimere 50units twice daily) and glipizide (10mg twice daily) as directed, and following a low cal (1000-1200 cal daily) and low carb (about 100 carbs/day). My A1c moved from 12 to 9.8 in the first month, and it is almost the 3 month mark now, and i'm sure it will be MUCH lower now as my daily bg numbers range from 70-140.
I have limited exercise, as I have had several knee surgeries, but I still try to get out a few times a week and walk for 15-20 minutes until the pain gets to a point where I can't tolerate walking any longer and I do try to do some YouTube chair exercises a few times a week.
My Question… after doing all of this for three months, why am I only losing on average 1/2 to one pound per week, on a good week? I know I should be eating a minimum of 1200 calories a day or the body can go into starvation mode, but I've spoken with both my doctor and a dietician and they are both agreeable with me being on between 1-1200 cals a day as long as it is balanced and not for more than six months. I'm doing all I can to lose weight, I've got over 150lbs to lose, and so far have only lost about 15.
thanks in advance.

18 replies

TsalagiLenape 2014-10-28 22:59:13 -0500 Report

Question if you please? How or what helped you to do this lost weight? I would greatly appreciate it very much. Hugs :)

Nick1962 2014-10-13 14:41:11 -0500 Report

A pound a week is actually most people who have successfully lost weight claim their rate to be. I’ve lost 120 now but it took me just under 2 years to lose the bulk of that (no pun intended). The last 10 pounds were a brutal fight and continue to be if I don’t watch things.
The pain for me at first was brutal too. Of course weighing in at close to 300 lbs. and dragging that around would do it, but bear in mind that workout the extra weight gives you is just that – a workout –and the more you can work out with those weights, the better, so try to build tolerance – it pays in the long run.
I’m limited also due to surgeries, but found out that much of the pain was due to inflammation from foods, and as my diet changed, the pain subsided (but it took more than 3 months).
Above all, for me it was really more of a mind game than anything else. The first 20 pounds were not easy, but once I saw that come off, I knew I could take off more and committed myself to the big picture and it became almost fun. Like James mentioned too, I focused more on carbs than calories.

lilleyheidi 2014-10-14 03:03:29 -0500 Report

hi Nick, very inspiring. I'm definitely not in this short term, I'm in this long term.
Although iI'm watching the calories, I'm more concerned about carbs, and watching and paying close attention to them, because although I want to lose weight to look good and stuff, I want to lose the weight more to keep my blood sugars under control.
I'm really impressed with your story. thanks for the inspiration.

Glucerna 2014-10-13 17:26:53 -0500 Report

What an inspiring story Nick! You didn't let limitations stop you from weight loss and you sound really positive about the process. Good for you! ~Lynn @Glucerna

Nick1962 2014-10-13 18:00:44 -0500 Report

Well, like has been mentioned, I tried not to get caught up in the "quick fix" timeframes so many see on TV. I've been overweight/obese all my life and really wasn't expecting anything beyond a few pounds. But when 20 became 30, and 30 became 50, I was just so stoked and full of energy you couldn't stop me.
Heidi seems to be on the right track, just needs to get over that first hump and look to the long term future.

Glucerna 2014-10-14 17:25:55 -0500 Report

I heard someone today say that one of the most important qualities to have in weight loss is 'grit'. I take that to mean that someone with grit figures out ways around obstacles and sticks with their goals even when it's difficult. I think you have grit, Nick! ~Lynn @Glucerna

Sharkey233 2014-10-12 22:12:24 -0500 Report

Rapid weight loss is not recommended. Losing a lot of weight in a short period of time can have dire consequences for your health. Not to mention the dreaded Yo-Yo dieting - and this will happen if you lose weight too rapidly.
Do it the right way. Stop eating junk food, eat a healthy balanced diet. Exercise. Plenty of cardio work, light weights, high reps. And don't just follow this regime for a week, give up and wonder why you're not losing weight. It will happen with dedication and motivation.

lilleyheidi 2014-10-13 03:19:58 -0500 Report

Thanks Sharkey, i've definitely stopped the junk food, have not had refined sugar in over 3 months, with the exception of one small ice cream which even that i didn't finish. I'm working with a dietician to "tweak" my eating plan to get my carbs lower and make things a bit healthier, but am doing pretty well on eating healthy. I've been doing this for over 3 months now, and don't look at this as a "diet" i look at this as a way of life for me, taking control of my life and my diabetes. I have over 100 lbs to lose to get to my desired weight and sometimes I get a bit frustrated (as has been stated in other posts we get fixated by TV ideals) that I'm not losing as fast as I wish I was.
Thanks :)

Glucerna 2014-10-09 18:22:46 -0500 Report

I think we expect rapid weight loss because we see so many people on TV losing weight quickly. In reality, losing weight steadily and slowly will get you to where you want to be, and many people find that a slower rate of weight loss makes it easier to maintain lost weight. You're making important changes to your food choices and exercise and diabetes management is improving tremendously. You're doing great! ~Lynn @Glucerna

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-10-09 12:58:31 -0500 Report

I don't think anyone can tell you why you are not losing weight. Each person loses weight differently.

I lost 25lbs the first month I was diagnosed. I changed everything. I bake broil or grill everything except eggs. My doctor put me on a 1200 calorie diet, I reduced it to 1000. I generally eat between 850-950 calories per day. I can have 60 carbs per meal, I reduced that to about 40 per meal. I do not eat a lot of canned veggies. I do not eat any prepared meals so frozen dinners, Hamburger Helper or anything prepared in a box or frozen is not in my meal plan.

My neighbor across the street is in her 60's now she has had both knees replaced. She told me her doctor told her if she didn't lose weight she would end up in a wheel chair. When she had her first replacement she weight 275. She lost some weight and had the second replacement. Today she walks her dogs, weighs about 125 and looks great. She bought a Wii and started exercising. She said it the pain in her knees were bad but she worked through it. She went on You Tube and found exercises she could do when she was tired and exercised every day. She changed her entire meal plan and still keeps up with it. She is a cancer survivor and was pre-diabetic.

My A1C was 6.5 it went up to 6.9 because I got sick for a few months and now I am getting it down even lower. I take Metformin once a day. I refuse to get to the point i will need to take any form of insulin.

If I were you I would talk to a registered dietitian to see if she can help you plan better meals. Talk to your doctor about the medications you are taking. Sometimes they can be a hindrance to weight loss. Finally, stop dealing with your diabetes and take control of it. Once you do that you will find that you have once less thing to deal with. Thankfully, I control my diabetes, it does not control me and I have diabetes, it does not have me.

jayabee52 2014-10-09 11:23:37 -0500 Report

Howdy Heidi
It is my belief that folks who focus on calories as a way to lose weight, really miss the way to lose weight. I focused on changing up my eating plan by going low carb and high protein. I discontinued eating most simple carbohydrates by cutting out bread and other grain based products. I avoid starches but I do eat about 40 carb grams per meal by eating more complex carbs like veggies and mostly berry fruits. I have been using this meal plan for 3 yrs and within 5 months lost 65 lbs. Could have lost more but I was beginning to look gaunt, and wanted to have a little "extra" so if I got really sick I'd have it to call on. So to stop the weight loss I did increase my fat intake.

I also had maintained a BG (blood glucose) level in the 80 to 130 mg/dl range and achieved an A1c of 5.5. all without the use of injected insulin or other diabetes meds

I have written up that meal plan as a discussion and will share should you ask.

God's best to you and yours


lilleyheidi 2014-10-10 00:02:43 -0500 Report

James, i'd love to take a look at your food plan, thanks so much :)

Type1Lou 2014-10-09 10:22:36 -0500 Report

Congratulations for taking control of your diabetes. You did not get where you are overnight so, it will take time and patience to get where you want to be, weight-wise. Rather than tracking per week progress, you may want to track it per month, initially. If you want to realize greater losses, then you must reduce your carbohydrate allowance. Will you feel hungry? No doubt you will because of what you had been doing prior to taking control. I've been following a low-carb diet for at least 10 years now and have been able to maintain my weight around 120 lbs. My daily carb limit is 120 total carb grams per day. I don't pay attention to the calories but did get curious and calculated that I do eat around 1200 calories per day. I've never been advised that this is "starvation mode," and plan to continue doing what I'm doing because it works. If i start to gain weight, I'll reduce my daily carbs until I'm back where I want to be. Keeping a food log might also help keep you on track. I am now 65 years old. What I did find was that as I aged, I needed less food than before to maintain my body weight (bummer). Our individual energy/calorie requirements will vary based on gender, age, height and activity level.

rolly123 2014-10-09 09:19:16 -0500 Report

Welcome aboard! Keep up the good work! This will start work better like loosing weight I'm trying lose also and days I don't loose and weeks I do! When not loosing look at my diary and found out not drinking lots water or to many snack! How much water u drink and r u snacker without realizing it u might be putting more carb calorie u think! Do u keep food diary if not u might want start ! Hope things work out !