Belly Fat and Type 2 Diabetes -- Questions for Weight Loss

By NewSong53 Latest Reply 2017-10-05 19:07:21 -0500
Started 2017-10-05 15:05:13 -0500

Okay, I am fed up with being fat around the middle and pretty normal everywhere else. I have looked through old medical records and I seem to keep losing and gaining the same 10 pounds! I am eating more complex carbs, recently gave up all sweeteners in my coffee and other foods. I gave up bread and crackers for WASA crackers.

I want to "get 'er done" and start eating 1 meal per day, drinking more water, stop eating precooked meat that I just steam or thaw (more work for me) and get away from quinoa mixes and frozen veggies. It's just such a huge struggle to gain/lose, back & forth. I'm thinking of talking to my doctor about lowering my insulin because of things I've read on that. I mean, 45 u is a lot, but it keeps my BG normal, or nearly normal. But when I started taking it I just started gaining weight again. I never have the problem of going too low — only too high. I don't want to starve and if I could lose weight quickly, it would be worth the struggle if I could be pretty sure it would be over with within 4 or 5 months (I have 50 lbs to lose). I know a lot of you have lost weight within a year or less. Any advice?

4 replies

haoleboy 2017-10-05 18:54:18 -0500 Report

impossible to target weight loss
for me the belly is the last to go (and first to come back).
insulin could be making your challenge greater.
given that you're not prone to hypos my "not a medical professional advice" is a quote from George Patton, "A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week."
In other words … GO FOR IT!

NewSong53 2017-10-05 19:07:21 -0500 Report

Love the quote! I am so inclined to eliminate my insulin on days when I do a 24 hour fast, and resume it as needed when I'm doing an 18 hour fast. And resist temptation by leaving my apartment during the daytime — lots of things to do around here.

suecsdy 2017-10-05 17:05:48 -0500 Report

I've been fighting this battle ever since dx. I need to lose 50-60 pounds. My gastoenterologist has prescribed me some phentermine…just a low dose to start. I just took the first dose today. Between that and the endocrinologist I'll be seeing soon, maybe I can generate some loss. I've really gotten used to less bread…don't have much in the house anymore and I've tried to embrace the low carb lifestyle with a good measure of success, but weight loss still eludes me. I use Bydureon now and while it's great in the diabetes arena, it didn't generate any weight loss for me. Of course, taking care of the diabetes is paramount, but is it to much to ask for a little weight loss in return? Big sigh. I did ask the Dr about using Orbera (gastric balloon, temporary, only in for 6 mos) with gastritis. He said I could still try it (if I can ever afford it). Good luck!

NewSong53 2017-10-05 18:16:54 -0500 Report

Thanks — it feels better just knowing someone else understands the frustration, despite all our efforts. I was going to lower my dose of Citalopram because it was making me jumpy. I've been on diet pills before and they wreck me, but I was taking a higher dose, I'm sure. I'm going to go back to the 20 mg Citalopram, despite the short term memory loss. Maybe by this time next year I'll be at my goal weight. I'm very sensitive about the short term memory thing. It's just something I worry about a lot, especially living alone (and after my experience with rehab last year — I never want to be stuck in any type of nursing facility — praying to go quietly in my sleep when it's my turn). If my numbers start to drop I'll lower my insulin, but keep the focus on BG control. Good luck with the phentermine — I'd be up all night scrubbing everything if I was on that!! And I hope you're able to get the gastric balloon. It will probably be much easier to maintain a lower weight when you get there and have more control over your BG. Guess I should be grateful to have the insulin as it has my numbers under control. Thanks again!