what are your best tips for losing a few lbs?

By tabby9146 Latest Reply 2014-11-16 17:31:20 -0600
Started 2014-11-12 08:20:34 -0600

I have recently gained weight for the first time in almost 6 years. I had lost all the weight after I was diagnosed. I need to lose about 6-7 lbs. I've had cravings that last longer than usual (used to have short spurts of that) and it is harder to control them. Despite the protein and fiber that I add every day, and drinking a good bit of water. I exercise every day. I have started increasing the amount of time I exercise but so far it has not budged. The portion sizes have increased and it is hard to decrease them most of the time. Thanks!

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NewSong53 2014-11-16 16:14:29 -0600 Report

Tabby, I feel for you . . . I kept my weight level for years and 12 lbs. recently crept up on me. What I found helpful in the past was eating smaller portions but mostly to nibble at night and nothing after 7:00. One thing that helped curb my appetite was to sip 1T apple cider vinegar (with the "mother") in an 8 oz. glass room temperature water through a straw — the straw helped keep the vinegar from eroding tooth enamel. It kept my sinuses clear and greatly curbed the craving for sweets. Plus it prevents leg cramps at night and helps with rheumatoid arthritis . . . reduces acidity in the body. (If I only practiced what I preach . . . time to get to work on that!) Good luck!

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-11-13 12:00:49 -0600 Report

Hi Tabby, I am glad you're trying to.take care of those few extra
pounds before they geet out of hand. However, loosing those few pounds will be harder than say someone who had a lot to loose. I am on a high protein, low carb diet and loose about 10 #
a montth. I too eat my big meal at lunch decent breakfast and a
small dinnet. I try to start each afternoon and evening dinner with a salad. That's the only one thing I can think of that might
help you. Good luck and may God Bless. Valentine Lady

tabby9146 2014-11-13 16:23:33 -0600 Report

thanks. you'd think by now I would be a pro at this. I am trying to reduce carbs but it is so hard. I am trying to add more protein. You are right! I think is harder sometimes to lose a few than a lot. years ago, it was not hard for me to keep losing that 35 lbs. because I had cut carbs so much, where I had never done that before and I was exercising more and had blood sugar under control after a while. I just wish these cravings would not be as strong or as frequent as they are. I have done well today, so far…and better yesterday. I can't believe I stayed at the ideal weight for a few years, because my family would not accept the way I need to eat and they wanted me to make many of the favorites the same as alwys, once I tried healthier substitutes, they would not like them. My husband brings all kinds of temptations in the house several times a week!! For the most part up until a few months ago, I could resist them, or just have a small portion of something that was really bad. I alwys keep my fruit around, and other healthy snacks, and while I eat those, I find myself eating some of theirs too.

tabby9146 2014-11-13 16:25:39 -0600 Report

I was off today so I did an hour of almost non stop exercise! I usually do a half hour sometimes more but I just worked out harder. I don't have the stamina to do higher intensity aerobics for example for more than 15 - 20 mins. the lower impact I can, it is easier. I just run out of steam and chalk that up to the diabetes. the nature of my work is such, that on the days I work (especially when it is all day) I do not have enough time to eat very well and so that would explain part of my problem, where before, for years, I did. new job.

Glucerna 2014-11-13 18:28:49 -0600 Report

What a great idea to do more exercise today! You're really determined to reach your goals. ~Lynn @Glucerna

denipink57 2014-11-13 09:20:58 -0600 Report

i have changed the way i eat. i now eat my main meal mid day instead of the typical 5-6pm. this gives me a better opportunity to work off those good foods. i am also portioning better. i get meals on wheels so everything comes in portion sizes and i am eating less. i lost 25lbs this past 3 months by adding a good exercise routine and this allows me to cut back on my insulin. win-win situation and i am very pleased.

Glucerna 2014-11-12 21:19:33 -0600 Report

Often we have cravings not because we're physically hungry, but for reasons such as seeing other people eat, associating eating with a specific activity, watching TV, or feeling stressed or bored. Michelle May's program offers ideas to dealing with cravings in her book "Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes" ~Lynn @Glucerna

Pegsy 2014-11-12 18:01:04 -0600 Report

I just say no to the simple carbs, especially sweets. If you ignore the craving it will go away in time. The first 3 days are the hardest. Then, exercise, exercise, exercise. Did I say exercise? LOL. I do strength training for at least 30 minutes, at least 3 times per week. I walk a minimum of 30 minutes, 7 days per week. Some days, when the weather allows I will walk twice a day. If the weather is bad, I use a treadmill or work out with a video such as Leslie Sansone. I know this sounds like a lot of time exercising, and it is, but that is what has allowed me to lose 93 lbs and keep it off. I hope that helps.

Type1Lou 2014-11-12 15:28:15 -0600 Report

Reduce your daily carb intake to drop some pounds. Also, if you are exercising and building up muscle, muscle weighs more than fat…could that be a factor? Are your clothes any looser even though the scale says you weigh more?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-11-12 11:24:42 -0600 Report

Since my lips do not contain a zipper, I just pay attention to the size of the portions. I eat more veggies and meat.

You can lower the portion sizes if you choose to do so. You are the one who raised them and you are the one to lower them. However, there are times when you will reach a plateau. You don't gain but you don't lose either. When that happens, I call my friend who is also my dietitian and we change foods.

I also exercise by walking. Weight loss isn't always easy but I don't stress over it.

Kats49 2014-11-12 10:23:36 -0600 Report

I learned that when I eat sweets…that's all I crave, thus I only get my sweets from natural foods like fruits of honey…figs/dates are a great way to add sweetness when you make homemade almond milk. I think it was harder to ditch sweets than salt…for me anyhow. That is my secret for losing a few more pounds. I also swim 3 days a week…last summer I swam 5 days a week for three months and man the weight melted off. I lost 73 pounds last year. I have only lost 40 pounds this year, but I am losing not gaining. I also do weight strengthening exercises 2 x a week…I have increased muscle in my arms, which continues to burn fat a couple hours after exercising. I am trying to keep out of a wheelchair, so I walk with the walker all over. Never over doing, 'cause that makes me sore for a couple of days

jayabee52 2014-11-12 10:09:40 -0600 Report

Howdy Tabby
I have found that reducing the amount of carbs I take in does it for me. I had a lot of weight loss after i gave up bread and all products made from grains. .

God's best to y9u


kimfing 2014-11-12 10:05:13 -0600 Report

I hear you about the cravings. Mine have increased. What i do to curb that is to change my activity like go for a short walk or pick up around the house or play a game. I measure out all my portion sizes and leave it at that. Maybe u r building lean muscle which will add on pounds. How do u feel u look?

elizag1 2014-11-12 10:02:56 -0600 Report

Track your food, drink 8 glasses of water or liquids, I think just decreasing calories and exercise more, that is what your doing.. good luck!

GabbyPA 2014-11-12 08:25:45 -0600 Report

For me I think the best thing is duct tape. I started to gain back weight I had kept off for years when I was put on insulin. I know it's not the insulin, but my need to up my program a bit. I am at least getting back into my jeans that I had hidden in the back of my closet.

For me really, (besides duct tape) it is just doing what is right a little at a time. Keeping on and doing the checks and balances along the way. When I try to do anything drastic or out there, it might get me started, but if I loose interest or cannot afford to keep doing what I started, it comes back.

So just keep on doing the right things. It pays off in more ways that just the scale and sometimes we have to remember that.

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