Losing weight

By wisc1026 Latest Reply 2009-11-15 12:32:36 -0600
Started 2009-11-13 10:27:16 -0600

I'm newly diagnosed, I am trying to lose weight. I'm doing everything the doctor & educator told me I should do. My levels are pretty consistant, no spikes as such, they are around 120 - 130's most of the time. Any suggestions for losing weight quicker. I know I can't fast or anything like that. I'm trying hard to stay away from sweets, soda, potatos & pasta, but those are all my favorite foods. Help?

17 replies

bharvey311 2009-11-15 10:55:54 -0600 Report

I am having trouble losing weight as well. My body don't want to cooperate. I feel like my diabetes has slowed my metabolism to a crawl. I am trying to change my eating habits but the problem I have is sometimes I don't eat but once a day and I know that is not good either. I have a lot to work on and getting exercise is one of them. I too have arthritis in both knees. When I sit down it is so hard for me to get up sometimes. I won't get discouraged through because I know that I am trying and every new day is another opportunity to try harder. The key is don't give up.

GiGiB 2009-11-15 12:32:36 -0600 Report

The diabetes is not slowing down your metabolism, it is the once a day eating. Your body goes into starvation mode and the metabolism slows to a crawl. Is there any way you can eat several small meals? I forget to eat and then my metab. slows down and I dont lose but gain weight. I have learned to pack small meals with me so I dont forget to eat. I hope that can help!

GiGi :0)

wisc1026 2009-11-14 22:26:28 -0600 Report

Thanks for all your comments. I know all the things you are telling me about dieting. I have mobility problems, I have artheritis in both knees & use a cane to get around. I'm in pain a lot of the time from that, so most of the time I am pushing through the pain to do what I need to do. I don't work because of the artheritis, but I do get out most days & do some walking, mostly to the car & into where ever I might be going. I'd like to walk in the stores, but I can't complete my shopping if I don't use an electric cart, so I can't get as much walking as I would like to. Again, thank you all for your replies.

Monte-mom 2009-11-14 23:22:05 -0600 Report

I had arthritis in both knees also, but had partial knee replacements in both knees three years ago. One thing I wish I would have looked into was doing strengthening exercises for the knee joint before my surgery. They might work for you and give you some relief. Post surgery, my knees are no longer a problem and I walk 40 minutes (treadmill or outdoors) or use my recumbent stationary bike (I am up to 30 minutes) 4 to 5 days per week and I do strength training 2 days per week. Hang in there and do what you can. Having been through it myself, it is admirable that you are trying to fit as much walking in as you can.

Anonymous 2009-11-14 16:12:18 -0600 Report

fast weight loss equals yo-yoing, that is your weight bouncing up and down. Yhis is EXTREMELY unhealthy. Eat a good diet, and engage in moderate exercise. The elimination of excess carbs alone will bring your weight down. Slow weight loss tends to keep the pounds off long term and is the healthiest way to go, as it doesnt stress your body. Remember you are trying to target a constant blood sugar level of just under 100 without any highs or lows, per the current recommended ideology. When you achieve this you will be at a decent level. Also something many doctors do not factor in is genetic predisposition, if your genetics say you will be heavier, you will have a more difficult time keeping the weight down, and depending on the doctors you talk to they may prefer you hit a happy medium, that doesnt include the strain of the constant loss followed by gain cycle that stresses your health even worse. The bigger picture is most important… Reduce the strain on the body, lower blood sugar and blood pressure, these two things work hand in hand against your body and are the bane of all diabetics in the end

sweething 2009-11-14 08:03:48 -0600 Report

I know it's slow losing weight, but that just means you're doing it in a safe and healthy way. Diabetics shouldn't lose weight quickly—it can mess up your whole system. A trainer at a local gym may be able to add some exercises you can do to lose weight. And congratulate yourself when you succeed! (not with food, though LOL)

London 2009-11-13 21:08:49 -0600 Report

I have cut out all sodas, snacks, basically all the junk food I would indulge in and I have lost 21 lbs in 1 month. I was a Mt. Dew drinker so I quit cold turkey and that helped alot. I also have cut down my portion size. I hope this helps. Good luck. I know you can do it.

Kira_xo 2009-11-13 11:52:06 -0600 Report

Sounds like you are doing well so far. Your sugars are look good. I am with everyone else. You def need to exercise to lose weight even if its as simple as going for a long walk every night. I personally, just bought a stationary bike since it's winter and I don't want to be outside while its cold. You can always find something like that for a good price online, or even on places like craigslist!

Also I know it is hard avoiding things like pastas and potatoes. A more healthy option I recently opted for is whole grain pasta noodles. You still must only eat them in moderation, but they are healthier than regular pasta and it doesn't taste bad at all.

cussinwolf 2009-11-13 10:52:06 -0600 Report

The funny thing about the simple carbs(sweets, potato,pasta) is the more you eat the more your body will want. You feel hungry all the time. You seem to be doing something right…your BGs are fair . Not perfect but I would not mind having them LOL. I am sure your educator has drilled you on whole grains and portion control. Exercise is the key to weight loss. Ya got to move it to lose it! Walk! I have mobility issues…gained weight…developed type 2 like everyone else in the family over 55. Before the mobility issues developed I constantly walked. Swimming is great. Where I live the Y is outrageous even on the "low income" membership plan. I spent my summer swimming in the river when ever I could. Exercise is the key.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-11-13 10:49:24 -0600 Report

Don't forget that in the end, weight loss comes down to a pretty simple formula. Calories in vs. calories out. Adding extra physical activity to your routine will pay big dividends. Try to walk or jog an extra mile. Add some weight lifting or yoga or anything new to your routine.

That's my two cents.

GiGiB 2009-11-13 16:55:20 -0600 Report

Absolutely correct. As a type 1 diabetic, I have lost 40 pounds. Walking is my exercise - I walk 40 minutes a day and I keep increasing my time.


Anonymous 2009-11-14 15:59:51 -0600 Report

RE: Exercise more
In a perfect world this is true, HOWEVER when you are a diabetic, all is not perfect. This is, in the end, a metabolic disorder. Most type 2 diabetics find no issues with this, however many type 1 diabetics find this not to be true. This then leads to emotional distress and the more that people, who dont realize the bigger issues at hand, tell them to exercise more, the nore depressing it becomes. This in turn encourages a defeatist attitude in the diabetic. Add to the mix the common factor of multiple health issues that prevent proper exercise to begin with and things start to snowball.

So you NEED to be extremely careful with your advice to "exercise more". While it is the most common aid in reducing blood sugar which is the ultimate goal, it is not always the answer when you are dealing with compromised health, which in turn leads to sort term mental health issues as well.

GiGiB 2009-11-14 17:10:38 -0600 Report

Not everyone gets depressed and goes downhill. It does get frustrating at times and there are times when I get emotionally and mentally tired, but I do not give up. Pay attention to your bloodsugars - that will tell you alot! It tells me when a food trigger high bg's, it tells me when I am stressed alot etc etc. Definately consider the type of exercise and do it because you enjoy it. Nothing is worse (to me) than doing an exercise I hate - that leads to negative feelings. By the way, if I listened to everyone who told me "you can't" I would never learn and get things done. But…above all do not jepordize your health. You know what is right for you.

Kira_xo 2009-11-14 23:27:03 -0600 Report

I have to agree with GigiB. Not everyone gets depressed and goes downhill. I don't know about everyone else, but I actually got happier after I found out I had diabetes. At first I was sorta upset and kinda in shock but it was finally an answer as to what was wrong with me and I've had a much more positive attitude about getting myself in check. After I got over the initial shock I was in a more positive state of mind. I'm kinda glad my doctor told me I need to exercise more because after I work out I feel really really good about myself! While I do agree it does get frustrating at times but I know what I'm doing is what is best for me and I want to be around for my son for years and years to come…so I just push forward.

I also agree with GigiB on her other statement. Finding an exercise you enjoy doing will make it even easier because you're doing something you not only enjoy and find fun, but you're doing something that is good for your body. I personally like a lot of those work out dvds that are dance-type work outs because I love dancing. After wards I feel proud of myself for working out and I had fun at the same time.

Hinboyz3 2009-11-14 17:32:37 -0600 Report

That's right John I ride my bike daily and everyday weather permitting I ride a distance to prove to myself I can do this. I have to eat right and exercise and I a better me. More alert, and I just feel much better inside and out. And of course Im losing weight in the process. I put my stress into exercising.