Weight Loss

By adamr1989 Latest Reply 2015-01-28 06:33:26 -0600
Started 2015-01-25 08:29:39 -0600

Does anyone else have trouble losing weight with Diabetes. I am 238 lbs and need to lose weight but, can't seem to get it off with all the walking that I do at work. I work four days a week and every other weekend at a hospital as a Patient Transporter and I usually end up doing 10,000 to 14,000 steps in a 8 hour shift. So, what am I doing wrong? I don't over eat. Now, I do eat stuff that I probably shouldn't eat. Examples: Kit Kat Bars, Cakes, Pies, Donuts, cookies. But, not everyday. Maybe, once in a while.

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rhett t
rhett t 2015-01-28 06:33:26 -0600 Report

I was always told that you have to get out and walk. that at work doesn't matter gotta get the heart rate up and all that. don't walk fast enough at work. I am losing weight and going to the park and walking. so make time to get out side and walk!

wildtigger2 2015-01-26 21:52:52 -0600 Report

I work as a respiratory therapist. I'm on my feet a lot too. I just a week ago started at the gym walking tread mill and weight lifting. I also cut a lot of carbs out lost 8 lbs so far. I'm at 287 now. Its not easy as last week did 7 12 hour shifts.

lilleyheidi 2015-01-27 01:13:17 -0600 Report

your right, it's not easy, but oh so important. Glad to hear your doing such a great job taking care of yourself. Heidi

wildtigger2 2015-01-27 07:57:38 -0600 Report

My sister is named Heidi. My doc was surprised. I'm luck my wife dose massage cause my glutes are a pain in the gluts

RebDee 2015-01-26 00:53:45 -0600 Report

I certainly had trouble losing weight because I was not diligent in my diet. However, in August 2014, I had bariatric sleeve surgery and have gone from 209 to 158 lbs and working hard at diet and exercise to lose another 25 lbs. The only reason that I was able to get the BSS was because I was an insulin pump Diabetic with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, neuropathy, to name a few of my problems. Now I am no longer on any medications for the above symptoms, am diligent on my NO WHITE diet, and exercising. Today, I saw many women at a special regional meeting of my Jewish women's group who had not seen me in quite a while, and I got many compliments on my weight loss and how great I was looking. That was my payment for due diligence.

JessTheMess 2015-01-25 18:23:08 -0600 Report

I was having trouble to, but recently lost 18 pounds with doing low carb, I ea lean meats full fat diary and veggies I get my carbs from that. Sugar free jello with whip cream is my favorite dessert. I make veggie stir frys and things like that I don't crave bread or pastas. Eat a lot of eggs and spinach. It's made my blood sugar not all over the place.i know it's not an exciting diet and takes discipline , but you get the drift. You also need to eat even if it's just a handful of almonds or string cheese it keeps you going :)

Nick1962 2015-01-25 15:08:59 -0600 Report

Since everyone else chimed in on the diet part, let’s talk about those 10,000-14,000 step. I assume you’re wearing some type of tracker for those?
I had your job at one point for a while and I know it can seem like you’re getting a workout. The trouble is you’re not getting a sustained workout. I can put in 10,000 a day (on a lazy day), but 7,000 of those are spent dedicated to an hour on the treadmill walking.

Yes, you do need to change the diet, but maybe get out and walk for an hour once or twice a week. Build up to it if you have to, and maybe get up to 5x/week. Just find some time to get in some dedicated exercise.

Type1Lou 2015-01-25 11:26:40 -0600 Report

Do you know how many carbohydrate grams you eat per day? Have you set a daily carbohydrate limit for yourself? Carb awareness and control has been the key for me to maintain my weight in normal ranges and keep my BG's manageable with my HbA1c's in the 6's. Reduce the carbohydrates in your diet and you are likely to lose weight.

adamr1989 2015-01-25 14:06:45 -0600 Report

Breakfast I usually have a Quiche, glass of milk and a Paleo Muffin. So, usually the Muffin is around 25 to 45 Grams and the Milk is 30 grams. Lunch, depends. If I take my lunch I have homemade Pizza and chips with a bottle of Water. So, for two pieces of Pizza is 43 grams and the chips are 15 grams. If I buy lunch I have a Hotdog, chips, and water. Hotdog bun is 30 grams, chips are 15 grams. Then, I either have a couple Kit Kat Bars which are 27grams are a piece of Cake or Pie or large cookie which I usually say 80 or 98 grams for. Dinner is either a piece of meat or fish, Avocado and glass of Milk. So, dinner is usually around 45 grams.

Type1Lou 2015-01-25 15:43:31 -0600 Report

So, assuming the quiche you are eating is "crustless", I've tallied around 267 grams of carb per day based upon what you've listed above. If you are truly interested in losing weight and getting better BG control, you will tally your carb count and hopefully reduce it…but that is entirely up to you. I find I can't exceed 120 grams of total carb per day but as Steve noted, he needs less than that to maintain his control.

haoleboy 2015-01-25 14:31:05 -0600 Report

I think you pretty much identified the reason you are not losing weight. Wondering how well you are managing your diabetes with that diet.
Exercise is important, but you really can't rely on it solely for weight loss.
I was able to lose 165 pounds by keeping daily carb intake to under 100 carbs per day and for the last year or so maintaining it by staying under 50 carbs per day (6'0" and 170 lbs) … so it can be done, but (at least for me) not without a lot of hard work and sacrifice … but totally worth it.


RebDee 2015-01-26 01:00:34 -0600 Report

Adam, you need more protein and less carbs to lose weight. And no candy, cookies or cakes on a regular basis (once in a great while as a treat is ok but definitely not often).

GabbyPA 2015-01-25 09:57:42 -0600 Report

I lost a lot of weight in the beginning because I changed my diet so drastically. But then it stopped and for years it just kind of hung out. Then when I started taking insulin, it started to come back and I freaked out. What I am doing now is going back to keeping a journal that counts my calories, carbs, fat and protein and that is helping me a lot. It is shocking how much we eat when we are not keeping track.

If your body is used to the amount of walking you already do, maybe doing something different will help. Like some strength training or cardio? Your body gets used to what it does and wants to maintain there because its most efficient.

Your "shouldn't" list is hard on weight and on your diabetes, so you may want to find a way to restrict or change those foods. The problem with sweets is that they make you crave more sweets and cutting back on the carb heavy sweets can take some effort, but once in place, it will help both weight and glucose.

I try to incorporate as much whole food into my diet and try to avoid the processed foods. If you don't cook, that can be a challenge, but it is worth the effort. I had gotten lazy for about 6 months and we were eating out almost every day. Now I have joined the Fit2Me website and I get recipes that I have been cooking since the first of January. I've lost 9 pounds so far and am very excited. It is a commitment, no matter the method you choose. You have to sick with it, even when it's not producing the results you want.

adamr1989 2015-01-25 10:03:21 -0600 Report

The Problem, is that most of my food is carbs and calories. I don't eat any fruits and vegetables cuz, of texture and they make me gag. I can eat some meats depending on the texture.

RebDee 2015-01-26 01:06:21 -0600 Report

Try Premier Protein Drink (chocolate or vanilla).You need protein to sustain yourself.
Try www.myfitnesspal.com to calculate each and every bite you eat.
Could you make yourself a protein shake with fruits and veggies that would not make you gag?

GabbyPA 2015-01-25 10:11:22 -0600 Report

That is a pickle for sure. Even if your veggies are cooked you wont eat them? Or have you considered maybe juicing? That way you get rid of the texture but you have the nutrients of the veggies in a drink form. I did a lot of it, and still do. I like how it makes me feel.

What texture of meat do you tolerate?

adamr1989 2015-01-25 10:39:37 -0600 Report

Even cooked. I never tried juicing them before. I can eat a burger, Pork I do ok with depending on how tough it is to chew, Hotdogs and Brats I do fine with, Steak depends on how tough it is to chew, Pulled Pork I do fine with, Fish as long as it has breading, can't eat Salmon thought because of the texture, Trout is hard too. Meatloaf I do fine with. Meatballs I do fine with. Turkey, is hard for me to chew because of the texture. Ham I do fine with.

GabbyPA 2015-01-25 12:14:14 -0600 Report

How about casseroles? Where you combine foods and they blend. If it's the texture not the taste, maybe that would work? Or soups?

It sounds like if you stick to ground meats you do okay. Everything tender or cooked to fall apart doneness. My husband has a "I don't work for my food" quirk, so things have to be off the bone, without a shell or cut with a spoon kind of meats, so I kind of understand your meaning.

We picked up a small juicer to juice. Just about $60.00 and we have had it over a year. I now have a Ninja blender and do my fruit and veggies in that, so I can keep the fiber. But a juicer is just like drinking a liquid. The pulp is almost non-existent.

If you watch the video :"Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" you will see what juicing can do. Joe (the guy in the movie) also offers a guided juice diet for diabetics. Check it out.

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