Weight Loss During Intermittent Fasting While Taking Meds for Type 2 Diabetes

By NewSong53 Latest Reply 2018-01-29 19:59:56 -0600
Started 2017-05-21 19:06:19 -0500

For those of you experienced with intermittent fasting and weight loss, I need your expert advice. I finally reached a point through intermittent fasting where I crave healthier foods, don't care for sweets and will choose cottage cheese over ice cream any day of the week. The past month I have gradually increased my workouts, doing water yoga for strength, flexibility and balance. I also lift weights (not overdoing it, but to the point where I simply can't do another rep) and I warm up with 10-20 min. doing 3mp on the treadmill with 1.0 incline. I always do the jacuzzi for 15 min. before and after pool exercises. I feel great, stronger than I have since my 40s.

Before all the working out, my morning BG reading was usually 125 - 150 WHILE TAKING 1,000MG tabs metformin 2 x day and 40 units of Levemir at bedtime (long acting insulin). One day I decided not to inject my Levemir at night and also forgot to take my metformin that morning. I had a BG of about 140 the next morning, so I decided to stop taking Levemir and just take Metformin to see what happened. I noticed absolutely no difference — maybe because I was more careful with my food because I knew I'd stopped the Levemir (or maybe the Levemir is still in my body?). I notice a very slight increase in weight loss (about 1 lb. this week). But I'm wondering if anyone here stopped taking their Metformin or halved the pills — if so, did it make any difference in your fasting BG? Did you continue to do that and did your fasting BG gradually get lower from intermittent fasting?

Other than the fact that I'm stronger and feel much better, sometimes I feel like I'm spinning my wheels with regard to weight loss and insulin resistance. I've only started this lifestyle since the beginning of April. Am I being impatient? How long did it take you? Any advice or cautions? Thanks for any input for things you put into practice and how that worked for you!!

14 replies

akshree 2018-01-29 19:59:56 -0600 Report

Fasting not only enough to control diabetes from my point of view.
It surly requires more attention.
In some countries like India, China follows natural diet plans using their ancient foods.

suecsdy 2017-07-09 08:30:21 -1000 Report

I cannot speak to the medication issue, having never used Metformin. I've been going to the gym almost a year and a half. I walk on the treadmill, then do weight training( no pool at my gym). I know I'm stronger as I have gradually increased the amount of weight I'm able to move, and it does feel good. It hasn't helped me a lick with any weight loss and I'm tired of fighting it. I continue to go to the gym because it does make me feel good and I recognize that it's good for my joints etc. I still hope (in vain, most likely) that someday the weight will start to come off. For now I'm just going to take care of the diabetes and kidneys. I tell myself if I'm meant to lose weight, it will happen, but I really don't hold out much hope anymore.

Nani914 2017-07-06 16:27:31 -0500 Report

Hello, I started reducing my medication too about two weeks ago before my third follow up. I did not have any more refills for my Metformin and Pioglitazone both are for diabetes. My numbers were averaging 89,99 highest 115 and of course I was eating everything I should and there were times when I cheated and ate a chicken burger with fries, but my fasting levels would come out to 86 or so. I advised the doctor that since my levels were low I would skip the Pio and only take one Metformin 500mg a day. He has since advised me that it's been the meds that are keeping my numbers so low, but the side effects are taking a toll on my body, but that's another subject. I just listen to my body and play it by ear, doctor is aware of my med intake. Did I make sense, if not sorry. You are doing great with the weight lifting, that is something I have been trying to keep up with. Good luck :)

CindyBro 2017-05-28 23:53:47 -1000 Report

If you are on diabetes medication, please do involve your medical practitioner in the process of trying intermittent fasting. This is important because blood sugar-lowering medication and intermittent fasting, when combined, can sometimes lead to a low blood sugar or hypoglycaemia. Your doctor must be involved, to taper down the dose the blood sugar medication, as your body get’s better at managing its own blood sugar.

GabbyPA 2017-05-22 09:35:55 -0500 Report

Doing things slowly, and one at a time like Steve says is important. That is the only way you know what is in play. I also used to do things for a month, but have found I need 3 months min to stay with one thing to give it time to take hold and often it's 6 months. You are doing great, keep it going and just take it a little at a time.

haoleboy 2017-05-22 10:59:00 -0500 Report

yes, incremental changes can really help clarify what is going on with your body.
I'm always amused when someone posts that they discovered that concentrated unicorn tear capsules have caused their A1c to drop … and then to find out they had also lost 20 pounds, started exercising daily and reduced their carb intake to 50 grams per day … but yet the are convinced it had to be those unicorn caps that Dr. Mercola sells … :)

NewSong53 2017-05-22 10:54:23 -0500 Report

Thanks, Gabby! Although sometimes it seems like months and months, it really has only been 2 or 3 (started IF 3 mos ago and stepped up the exercise 2 mos ago).

WASHED OUT 2017-05-31 15:06:33 -0500 Report

It sounds like you are doing great, my only suggestion is watch your glucose levels closely when exercising as you could go to low. Keep a few individually wrapped sugar mints in your pocket for emergency lows. I have had to use them a few times in the past to get my glucose back up. I have been lucky enough to have my body warning signs when going low, not everyone will have these warnings. I get confused and often get the shakes like the rush from a strong drink or drug sort of like the beginning of a drunk when going low. My wife has noticed it in me many times before I even realize it myself and tells me check your sugar. I recently drove on a long 13 hr trip only stopping for gas and maybe coffee but we did have snacks in the car with us. When I went low we stopped and got a sugar french vanilla cappuccino and was back for several more hours of driving before I turned the wheel over to her. I did have candy in my pocket but the cappuccino and peanut butter sandwich was what I preferred. Point is keep close watch when on insulins and doing physical activities as this drops your glucose levels. Glucose powers all the body and you can't live without it, we just don't want it to high or to low. Anything over 150 and I dose with Novolog anything under 60 and I eat or drink something to get it back up.

haoleboy 2017-05-21 19:23:00 -0500 Report

yes … you are being impatient
but … you are doing great. seriously.
I am almost 4 years into daily IF and just 3 months ago reduced Metformin 500 mg from 2x daily to once. I did see about a 10% hike in fasting numbers so I started taking berberine and that seems to be helping.
don't be too quick to make too many changes all at once. your body can often times react negatively and unexplainably to sudden and multiple changes.
your dedication to improving your health is inspiring.

❤ eat as if your life depends on it

NewSong53 2017-05-22 10:58:28 -0500 Report

Thanks, Steve — I appreciate your caution about making too many changes at once. I've always been all or nothing. Especially, with medication it's probably a good idea to proceed with caution. I'll continue the metformin and just stay off the insulin. It's hard to even take a day of rest, because I am so uncharacteristically driven — I've always struggled with inertia and want to take advantage of this drive as much as possible. Ever since last year's health scare, I just want to make the most of every moment. If only I were so driven to do housework. :0

haoleboy 2017-05-22 12:24:52 -0500 Report

you and I are much alike.
4 years ago I had a stroke and spent 3 weeks in the hospital receiving intense therapy. ever since my primary focus has been to avoid that second (usually fatal) stroke … so days off from being healthy do no happen.
one of my favorite quotes that I relate to health is from George Patton: "A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week." You just gotta be sure to give that plan enough time to work.

☮ Steve