Help needed with weight loss.

By sweetslover Latest Reply 2014-12-24 19:31:42 -0600
Started 2014-12-12 21:13:45 -0600

During my first 5 weeks after being diagnosed with T2 I lost 10 pounds. The last few weeks I just don't seem to be able to get the scale moving in the right direction. I only drink water. I follow a very low carb diet and am careful about calories. I exercise on average 5 times a week for at least 50 minutes each day. I know I am starting to develop some nice muscles, which I know weighs heavier than fat, but I need to lose another 10 pounds. This is very discouraging. Help?

Tags: weight loss

25 replies

meetooz 2014-12-21 17:33:04 -0600 Report

I lost a total of 40 pounds in the last year. I work out 4 times a week for 90 minutes, usually running and swimming. Once I went to a dietitian, he advised to take detox and exercise, which I did. You should not in any case to starve, it will not help you. You need a sport and proper nutrition

sweetslover 2014-12-21 19:08:37 -0600 Report

Thank you for your comment. I am working on both the nutritional aspect and the exercise. I do believe I was not eating enough. Because of back problems, I am limited to activity in the pool, but I am gradually increasing what I can do there.

meetooz 2014-12-23 23:48:18 -0600 Report

What exercise do you do?

sweetslover 2014-12-24 09:12:19 -0600 Report

Because of back problems, I am limited to the pool. I go 5 times a week for 1 hour each and do water walking and extensive leg exercises. I am just beginning to add a few swimming laps to my workout when my back allows it.

debcox 2014-12-13 23:32:11 -0600 Report

I've had the same issue. I was diagnosed in May and have had difficulty losing weight or so I thought. I keep a journal on my diet and exercise and think that I should have lost lots more. Looking back over the past year, I have lost 52 lbs and lots of inches while toning. My doctor says that it is difficult but not impossible to lose while taking insulin (I take Lantus). I keep plugging away and try not to get discouraged.

jayabee52 2014-12-24 19:31:42 -0600 Report

Howdy Deb.
I have seen (on DC) people on insulin complain about getting fatter. Often it is due to eating too many carbs and then covering the excess carbs by injecting more insulin. Doing that opens the cells and the excess carbs are stored in the fat cells as fat. Better to reduce the number of carbs than to cover for the carbs. If the carbs are lowered they don't need covering and won't be converted to fat.

Just an observation from a former NPH insulin user. I lost 65 lbs when I stopped my twice daily NPH injections and adopted a high protein, low carb meal plan. Best thing I ever did in managing my T 2..

Glucerna 2014-12-15 20:44:57 -0600 Report

Losing 52 pounds in the past year is fantastic! It sounds like keeping a journal has been a really helpful tool for you. ~Lynn @Glucerna

debcox 2014-12-15 22:37:24 -0600 Report

Thank you, it has been a great tool. Especially being able to look and see my food intake versus my exercise. Also, at one time I was thinking that I should be able to decrease my meds again and what was taking so long. It turns out that I was right on track. My journal keeps things in perspective :-)

Glucerna 2014-12-16 13:43:33 -0600 Report

I like the way the journal helps you see your success. All too often we lose sight of how much we're achieving, and the journal is a good reminder of your progress. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Glucerna 2014-12-13 17:41:41 -0600 Report

Sometimes changing up your exercise program can be helpful, because our body gets used to the same exercise over time. It's fantastic that you're making such good progress! ~Lynn @Glucerna

GabbyPA 2014-12-13 09:26:38 -0600 Report

Those last few pounds are always the hardest and the best thing is just to hang in there do the right things (like you are doing) and feel good about how you feel. Don't let a number rule your life.

sweetslover 2014-12-14 17:58:23 -0600 Report

I really need to learn some patience. I know I am doing what I need to be doing, but I want to see immediate results. :)

GabbyPA 2014-12-15 17:19:06 -0600 Report

That is a product of our culture, unfortunately. LOL
It took time to put it will take time to take it off.

jayabee52 2014-12-16 07:32:26 -0600 Report

A Willy Wonka reference, Gabby? As I recall the Umpa-loompa were workers in the factory and that quote was from one of the kids touring the factory.

lilleyheidi 2014-12-13 02:04:01 -0600 Report

I know this is going to sound easier said than done, but try not to get discouraged. You've done great losing the ten pounds and increasing your activity level. Keep at it. It will come off, the last ten pounds is always the hardest. You'll do it. HUGS, Heidi

RebDee 2014-12-12 22:01:33 -0600 Report

Hi Sweetslover. Since trying to lose weight and having my bariatric sleeve surgery, I have lost about 45 pounds but the scale moves very slowly. I don't eat anything white. I try to eat mostly protein. I don't eat salads as lettuce has no nutritional value. I exercise. But I can't get rid of my belly (OK, so maybe I have gone from 9 months pregnant look to only 5 months pregnant but I don't want to look pregnant at all. I can now wear clothes that wouldn't even button to wrap around me (from 3x to L (about 4 actual sizes) but I am now on a plateau and I hate that. Hopefully next week I will be donw another 2-3 pounds. Don't worry, if it can happen to me it can happen to you. The weight will come off while you are not looking but you will feel better. You are doing it the right way.

Pegsy 2014-12-12 21:32:43 -0600 Report

Please don't be discouraged. Muscle does weight more than fat and you need to build up muscle in order burn the fat that's on your body. Be patient and keep at it. Your efforts will pay off. I lost over 80 lbs and it took about 2 years. I felt it best to take it slow and steady. Sometimes the medication we are on can cause problems when we are trying to lose weight. Also sometimes we restrict our diet so much that our body goes into what I call starvation mode. If you don't eat enough, your body will hang on to everything. Sometimes the secret to weight loss is to actually eat more food while remembering to keep your food choices as healthy as possible. Consider how you feel and how your clothes are fitting. You may even gain weight at first but your clothing fits looser because you've gained muscle and it takes up less space than fat.

debcox 2014-12-13 23:37:14 -0600 Report

Pegsy, I've done the same thing regarding restricting my diet too much and exercising a lot. One weekend, I decreased my exercise a bit because I fell and could not ride or walk for 3 days. At the same time, it was my grandsons birthday so I had a nice dinner and a piece of cake. I was kind of freaking out about weighing myself on Monday but got on the scale and found out that I had lost 4 lbs. My first reaction was anger :-) but then I realized that there is a balance needed and so I've worked on increasing my food a bit and my plateau was over.