Frustrated by no weight loss

By Tobiwan Latest Reply 2012-03-17 17:01:54 -0500
Started 2010-08-09 09:11:00 -0500

I was diagnosed Type 2 a month ago and am on metformin and lantus. I am 6'4 and weigh 420lbs and know I have changed my diet and actually exercise but I am not losing any weight. Any ideas why? I have no doubt that I have cut my calories dramatically (you don't weight 420lbs by eating salads!) It's the most frustrating thing for me right now. Sugar is down and in an "almost there" range. I'm currently takiing metformin 1000 2x a day and 30unites Lantus nightly. Please help.

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jigsaw 2012-03-14 09:46:39 -0500 Report

I take Lantus and Met also. When I started taking Lantus, I was told by my endocrinologist that it would make weight gain a significant probability. I don't normally have a weight problem, but I did start to gain weight rapidly. I gained about 16 lbs in a matter of months. This is a common but unfortunate effect that insulin has on many. I spoke with my dietician and she altered my diet and included portion control. I have shed most of the extra weight very slowly. Proper diet as recommended by an expert with portion control worked for me. Metformin is known to curb the appetite of some, but in my case, the insulin countered that effect. Exercise, proper diet, and portion contol should definitely help. Assuming you have no thyroid problems etc, get the three items I mentioned done correctly, and you should shed some lbs. By the way, I have been a type 2 for about 18 years, been through the no med phase, then low med phase, then more med phase and now insulin + med phase. Two endocrinologists believe that my pancreas is running on reserve. I hope not. The better you manage your diabetes now, the more you slow the progression down. Good luck, I hope this helps.

lacat87 2012-03-14 11:22:37 -0500 Report

Hey where's my weight gain from Lantus?! Once again I feel cheated out on gaining weight!! will have to ask my doc about that. i take 10 units of Lantus every am. you told me you take lantus every pm. could that be the difference?

jigsaw 2012-03-14 17:53:06 -0500 Report

I don't think taking it AM or PM would make a difference with weight problems either way. Just curious, are you maintaining your weight pretty much ?

lacat87 2012-03-15 10:44:42 -0500 Report

Yes, when I am home. Every time I go away from home for a period of time, I loose weight. So when I get home, I have to start all over again with gaining weight. Started eating more protein, but so far no weight gain. So frustrating. I seem to eat more, because usually I'm eating out. More calories in and doing less than at home should mean less calories out, yes? I do get off my rountine. I try to stay on my rountine, but actions make it almost impossible to do that when I'm away. Weren't expecting such a long answer, did you?!!

jigsaw 2012-03-15 15:20:48 -0500 Report

Are you eating healthy high calorie foods ? If you consume the right amount of calories for your height & weight, that should help. Do you count calories ?

lacat87 2012-03-16 09:06:56 -0500 Report

No I only count carbs. What would you suggest for healthy high calorie foods? Like I told you before, I was told to eat more protein. I need to ask how much more. It's not I eat protein at every meal. For lunch I usually have a small package of cottage cheese ( 11 grams of protein, and 11-12 grams of greek yogurt), and 1/2 cup of milk (4 grams). With breakfast and dinner, I have 8 grams of milk with my meal.

jigsaw 2012-03-16 11:24:14 -0500 Report

Even though your doc wants you to increase your protein, I'm sure he also wants you to eat balanced meals ( include carbs, fat, protein ) and variety of food types at every meal. Of course no one can do this all the time, but you can learn to make it a part of your routine. Some sources of protein are meats, poultry, cheeses, nuts, legumes, peanut butter and even veges. If your eating good quality foods in adequate portions, then any additional complications aside, you should have some control of your weight gain. How many calories do you consume per day ? How many calories should you consume per day ? If your not sure, ask your doc. See the video on portein ( By Dr. WEIL ) that I posted under videos. It's detailed and dry, but you might get a few goo points from it.

lacat87 2012-03-16 12:28:14 -0500 Report

ok so i checked the video out and you're right…very detailed and dy and almost put me to sleep! only got about half way thru it. thanks al!

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2012-03-14 08:19:27 -0500 Report

Hello Tobiwan ! I am a Type 2 Diabetic. I don't take any medicines for it just diet and exercise. I have the same problem as you though. I gained a lot of weight this past year. I can't lose weight very well. I don't know why I gained so much weight but I need to lose 100 lbs. It's very frustrating for me because it seems no matter what I do I can't lose weight. My doctor was going to put me on Byetta but she wanted to check my A1C first to see how it was doing. She told me if it was 6.5 or over she would put me on the Byetta and it would help me to lose weight by making my body use the sugar it takes in for energy. Well when I did the A1C it came back at 6.0 . It's the only time that I was upset that it was actually normal. Also my metabolism is very, very slow and I am B12 deficient which makes me very tired and keeps my body from burning energy. I started taking B12 injections a few months ago and I am finally getting energy and have actually lost a couple of pounds this past week. I have to have the B12 injections because I have a condition called pernicious anemia. I don't absorb B12 through my stomach. It has to go directly into my blood stream. You may have a low metabolism & you may be B12 deficient. You should see what your B12 is. Good luck to you and I hope you find an answer.
Maybe you can help me somehow.

JSJB 2012-03-14 03:41:35 -0500 Report

I read all the replies and can not add anything new except to be patient. Some people lose weight overnight and some have to work a little to lose it. I am a carb watcher and it helps me. I just looked at a new site called diet/ this might help you. Good Luck and keep reading DC for future help.

whitetigress 2011-02-28 12:29:37 -0600 Report

I actually gained weight on metformin. I do not eat anything deep fried anymore (trans fats) and I am dropping weight. Do you cook? I will be putting a recipe here on 2 bean chili. This one recipe helped me to normalize my numbers as well as lose weight.

Dropping weight is a combination of protein and fiber. Slowly increasing your fiber intake - up to 30g a day will help you drop weight. As you are increasing your fiber intake, make sure you are drinking enough water. Dropping weight also requires that you drink water to avoid dehydration. Increasing your intake of salads and veggies, I steam all of mine, and that will help you to drop weight.

Keep a record of what you eat. The other thing I would keep an eye on is your salt intake, table salt as well as the salt in your food. Being 420, you are probably carrying a lot of water weight. I don't eat anything that is in a can, period. Take out food is high in sodium and fat.

If you have specific questions, you are welcome to ask me. I have done a lot of studying and have a certificate in nutritional counselling. :)

WeLolli 2011-02-13 14:39:19 -0600 Report

I, too, am WAY overweight and have been trying to lose by eating 300 hundred calories every 3 hours with 2 cups of water and once a week for one meal eat what you want. ALSO - have you had your thyroid checked? Just discovered mine is part of my problem and have started meds for that. BTW - my new style of eating has helped greatly with the diabetes!

pcazi 2010-09-18 21:38:51 -0500 Report

I can only tell you that my husband had typeII, he is 5'8" and weighed 280.
When he was told he had diabetes, he got crazy, ha ha. No he didn't go on
any special diet; he did change the way he was eating on his own. He lost 70
pounds in 6 months and didn't have to take amy medicine. On the other hand
I also have diabetes and have had to go from metformin and because I haven't
changed my eating habits still have to take medicine only now I have to take
glybride/metformin. So I need some ideas as I am gaining not losing. I know it is
important to drink alot of water and fewer carbs. more vegetables.


angelalock 2010-09-19 12:44:37 -0500 Report

keeping a food journal really helps…hmmm, look at me, giving advise that i don't even take, myself. :( once upon a time, i did keep a journal and i found myself amazed at what i was putting in my mouth and how often…that little bite here and there really add up. it helped ALOT!! when i decided i wanted 'just that little' pack of crackers, i'd look and see, 'wow!! i've already eaten plenty' and when i asked myself if i was REALLY hungry or just eating out of habit or boredom, usually i could put the food back. then at the end of the day when you see how great you've done and that you're getting better and better at it you really feel a sense of achievement. i guess i've just gotten lazy about keeping track. when you start out it does seem like a hassle to stop and measure the food and track the calories and carbs, but pretty soon it's something you just do without thinking about it. man, i'm really making myself feel like a dunder head for letting myself slack off. especially because since the doc changed my med to novolin, i've gained 7 lbs.

Me2 2010-09-01 17:03:47 -0500 Report

Hello Tobiwan. I certainly understand your frustration…believe me. I WAS and I stress WAS a type 2 diabetic and was so afraid I would end up like my father who was on insulin 4 times a day (he has since passed away). Anyway, after a full year of researching some weight loss alternatives, I decided to have Lap-Band Surgery. I am 5'1" and did weigh 235 lbs. I am now 145 lbs. and guess what…4 months ago, my doctor took me off of my diabetic meds. My last A1C was 5.5…PERFECT! I am not telling you all this to brag about myself, but to let you know that my experience with the surgery has been very successful. I pray that you are successful in whatever you decide to do about your situation. Hugs…

mo91108 2010-10-12 11:49:11 -0500 Report

My cousin's wife did this surgery and lost I believe 200 pounds. It really does work. But Tobiwan, losing weight doesn't happen over night, I know it's frustrating, but just keep at it and it will definitely work. Good luck & Best wishes

- Monica

jason123 2010-09-01 17:20:51 -0500 Report

wow…are you saying you are no longer a type 2 diabetic? congrats on the A1C, 5.5 is very normal, to me at least. What is dieting like for you? do you need to eat many small meals, anything you can't eat? I see your red sox…I am a yankee, looks like we and TB ganged up on you this year! lol

Breezey 2010-08-26 17:05:20 -0500 Report

Tobiwan. I am newly diagnosed with type 2, and also have to lose weight! I am only 5'1" and weigh 244 lbs! I was put on Metformin, 500 ext. and have learned that its not what you cant have anymore..but what you CAN have. If you focus on what you cant have, you will get very frustrated and eat more or try to starve yourself. If you do that, eat only salad etc, your body will think you are starving and will go into survival mode, and hoard calories! Trust me, i know..i have have an ongoing weight battle all my life.
I have learned to count calories, as my doc put me on a 1200 cal diet…just for now…and found out you cant just count the caloric amt. in foods..but must pay attention to the CARBOHYDRATES and FAT content of foods as well…those carbs will get you all the time! you need to re visit your dr. or a nutritionalist and find out how many carbs a meal you are allowed…another thing i do now is eat breakfast, a morning snack, lunch, an afternoon snack, supper, and an evening snack…small meals and i pick either raw veggies at night..or low cal or no fat yogert…there are all kinds of brands of this out there…i like the store we are on a limited budget..
by all means…do not give up! try not to expect too much weight loss all at once and do not get frustrated! that is your worst enemy…it took me a year once to lose a 100 lbs..but! it stayed off for a long time! recently I gained a lot of weight when i had 3 surgeries and couldnt exercise…that is also important…even if you walk down your driveway or walk or move your arms in circles or lift your legs up and down for ten minutes!
good luck to you!! you CAN do this…just dont expect it to happen over night…

Ahsoup 2010-08-25 11:39:34 -0500 Report

Hey Tobiwan and others! It is the glycemic index i am tellin ya!! Use that and the Fiber 35 diet and you will watch the pounds drift away! Cut out all processed foods as well. Those only slow you down. All natural and organic if you can find it. I was at about 300 pounds about 6 months ago. Now I am 280 and it is still coming off. Good luck to you all and God bless!

Breezey 2010-08-26 17:09:29 -0500 Report

That is excellent advice Ahsoup!! it takes time and choosing fresh or frozen veggies or fruits…if i have to rely on canned fruit, i look for fruit in its own juice. If i have to get canned veggies, i look for low salt or rinse it off after i open it…we are on a limited budget and cant always buy fresh or organic foods…so we do the best we can…
good luck to you too!! you are doing wonderfully…is that a word? lol!

KBee777 2010-08-25 07:26:01 -0500 Report

I have been diabetic probably 5 years or more. I had problems with weight gain after taking various meds. Finally, doc put me on metformin and I began eating 5 small meals a day. That is when I started to notice weight loss. Check with doc to see if lantus causes weight gain, it could very well be what is keeping the weight on. Good luck and keep thinking positive!

beadmaker 2010-08-24 20:06:00 -0500 Report

I totally understand Tobiwan. I have been diabetic for about 10 years and overweight most of my life. My doctor recently changed my meds to just taking metformin 1000 2x a day and only 10 units of Lantas at bedtime, but I think I need more because my bs readings are atleast 130 - 160 in the mornings and they used to be 100 - 70 with taking the metformin, avandia, and glyburide. He took me off the avandia because of the heart problems that could occur and the glyburide as well. He also said that the meds could be acting aganist me in losing weight. Since Feb., I have been going to Weight Watchers and have lost about 40lbs. For me I need the support. I have done this off and on most of my life and lost 80lbs. the first time I went when I was in high school. It is the healthiest meal plan and you can have anything you desire, all in moderation. That is the hardest thing for me. Learning portion control is challenging, but I know that if I own it and count it towards my points for the day I Will lose weight. I have also tried to include a little walking. I hate to sweat, but have found a walking path that is shaded and I have found I even ENJOY it! I am also considering getting a bike. Now that's a big step for me. I rode a bike while on vacation this summer and I loved it and I didn't break my neck in doing so.
The thing for me this time with Weight Watchers has been finding the right leader who motivates you as well as the members. There are about 5-6 men in the class who have lost atleast 50 lbs. All the people there have been there and know the pain that goes with being overweight. I have tried about 3 different leaders and classes and this is the right fit for me.
Don't be afraid to go, they are all there ready to help! It can atleast give you a start in you weight loss journey and there is great support there.
Good luck.:)

andes1 2010-08-23 19:36:54 -0500 Report

I have been diabetic for about 18 years and I am struggling with trying to lose weight. I know I need to walk more, but after working all day and then night school I am exhausted. I am on the insulin pump after my trying to do a diet and my sugar went to 1200 hundred they started me on a diet. My sugar went that high because I did the atkins diet and lost weight but made my sugar go Way up. So now I am 168 and need to be 130. I do have a thyroid problem and take medicine everyday for that. Please help. I have tried every diet pill you could image and don't want to do that any more. Any advice???/

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Try eating for you blood type/ go to a herb shop and get a eat right for your blood type book and start from there. If you are a type O blood the adkins diet can work but if you are the AB, B, A… it wont because type O's are meat eaters not the rest of the blood types. Also, before you start anything read the whole book and get back to me. I have all of the books if you have a specific question… no I am not a doctor or a nurse; I am just another single parent worried about wherther or not I will be still here for my 7 year daughter in the next few years or die of the illnesses I have developed over the years. I have for the past two years done an extreme amount of research trying to add a few years my body so it dont wear out too soon because I am obese and have several system problems and depression nearly made me give up ever having a life til I snapped out of it…

Mair 2010-08-22 20:28:07 -0500 Report

You will be fine, have faith as it takes time. I have been diabetic for five years now. I am so thankful for all the insite on this board and hope to learn alot and offer much. I am new here as well and the people seem wonderful.


kathy41 2010-09-09 18:50:04 -0500 Report

Tobiwan: My name is Kathy and im new here also and im also overweight. Please give yourself time to loose the weight set youself small weight loss
goals to start out with. for example a pound here or there for a while then graduaally increase and do plently of walking, its the best excercise for you.

RAYT721 2010-08-19 20:16:08 -0500 Report

Tobiwan: it's been 10 days since your original post and was just wondering how things are going for you??? Surely 10 days isn't really enough time to see any remarkable changes but how about the attitude/frustration??? You doing okay? Let us know if you need to chat.

angelalock 2010-08-20 12:29:58 -0500 Report

i'm with ray…how are you doing, tobiwan? i know how frightening and frustrating a new diagnosis of diabetes can be, but believe me, once you get it under control, you'll feel much better. not just physically but mentally and emotionally. you can certainly live a very happy and full life as a diabetic. we're all rooting for you and you have many willing friends to lean on.

zeeborock 2010-08-17 23:51:50 -0500 Report

It's never good news to hear that you are a diabetic I was diagnosed about 12 years ago I'm currently on lantus and novalog. I had an episode where I almost lost my right foot that was a turning point for me. The reason I was a diabetic to start off with was because I was overweight. I ran into a lady friend a few years ago told me that she had lost over 100 pounds and I was so curious as to how she lost this weight. (She's had it off for four years now) She proceeded to tell me that all she did was watch her portion size and serving size and to never deprive yourself of your craving and I said that it. That was it she said.
At first I did not believe her but it was always stuck in the back of my mind and so a year went by and I tried med fast which worked but I always seem to gain it back but when my foot incident happen that’s when I decided to take action. I was determined to get off insulin and any medication that I was currently taking, and I was very focused and this is what I did and still doing it today in. My starting weight was 252, my insulin was 100 units of lantus and about 30 to 40 units of humalog daily. Now for year or so off the on I would lose 10 pounds 15 pounds but never any more. But this time I took a different approach I remember what she told me about serving size and portion size. So what I did was to make a list of vegetables, fruits, grains, meat’s and their calorie count saturated fats anything to do with that particular food I made a list of all these foods I made list of my daily intake I am currently on a 1600 calorie or less. I don't eat junk food and I don’t buy fast. But if I do happen to crave it I will eat some but I always stay within the stratus jacket of my diet plan. No matter what.
I've never deprive myself of anything that I crave why because I found that if do I only end up eating twice as much and their go’s yo-yo syndrome. I am currently down to 199 my goal is to be 170 my insulin intake is 0-15-25 units per day and novalog as needed my doctor has got me on a slow reduction plan. I should be off insulin completely within the next 15 pounds. On this diet plan I lose a pound a week sometimes more and then sometimes not any for a while my last weight delay was three weeks long and I remembered my friend telling me that this would happen but she told me to hang in there and that you would finally drop and sure enough it did. I should hit my goal March 2011
If you would like to know more of what I’m doing and still doing e-mail me… I will gladly share this with you. If this works for me it can work for you. I recommend this plan to any type 2 diabetic person that has been diagnosed because of overweight gain.

angelalock 2010-08-18 10:43:19 -0500 Report

congrats, zeeborock!!! keep on keeping on. you're doing a great job. much better than myself, but i only have slow metabolism and myself to blame.

judyowe 2010-08-17 00:08:20 -0500 Report

I have been a diabetic most of my life. The last 5 years I have struggled with the medication and weight loss. I have been on Metphormin, Actos and Glipzide and allergic to all three, so now I am on Insulin, Novilin N. I have a terrible time losing weight. The doctor recently told me that my thyroid took a major dive on me and that could be one of the reasons that I am not losing weight. Well I have been on the thyroid meds for 3 months now and have not seen any weight loss. I know that I need to exercise more, but at least I stopped gaining. I have a neighbor who is also a diabetic and walks and walks and walks, every day and sometimes 2-3 times a day. Over the last 2 years, his has lost almost a 100 lbs.

angelalock 2010-08-16 12:59:20 -0500 Report

i am on a plethora of meds. i just switched from novolog and lantus to novolin n and novolin r. i also take metformin and glimeperide. i have actually GAINED 10 pounds since the switch. i would ask the doc about the side effects of what you are on. many meds actually cause weight gain…you'd think they could find something that doesn't do that being as how many diabetics are already overweight. i have a really hard time losing weight, too. i did lose 55 pounds about 6 years ago, but somehow came to a dead stop, even though i didn't change the way i had been eating while losing the weight. for about 2 years my levels were out of control. i'm talking more than 500 most of the time. leave it to me to lose not one pound. i know other diabetics, incuding my husband, and have always heard that when you get out of control like that you want to eat and eat but you lose weight like crazy. not me. my husband looked sick he lost so much weight. good luck in continuing your diet and i hope you begin to lose the weight soon.

MHernandez99 2010-08-14 17:35:35 -0500 Report

I started to use metformin recently, I am on the heavy side, and am not noticing any sudden changes. Hopefully this will change over time. Thanks, Maria. 2010-08-14 15:27:49 -0500 Report

To Tobiwan: I'm in there with you Tobiwan. I was just diagnosed 2 weeks ago and am now taking metformin too. I take 250mg. at bedtime and I have to go back to the clinic next week to have my blood rechecked. I'm a woman who is 5'4" and weighs 193 lbs. Too much! So, like you, diet is my main concern, seeing as I have a horrible sweet tooth. But like me, we have to hang in there, follow our diets, exercise,(which I can't do right now because I just had surgery on one of my feet:osteoarthritis). I seem to be getting really bad headaches after I take my medication. Do you? Just wondering. Get back to me on that. I'm a Christian so if you don't mind I'll pray for you too. Every little bit helps! Just remember, there are many people on your side and I'm one of them. God's blessings.
Diane Vestin small

angelalock 2010-08-16 13:02:15 -0500 Report

donich, i haven't noticed headaches but mine causes alot of nausea. which isn't the best thing when you know you need to eat so you don't bottom out but just the thought of food makes the nausea worse.

Emma2412 2010-08-14 09:45:46 -0500 Report

Try the South Beach Diet which has worked for me in a very positive way. You can either go online and join or just buy the book at Amazon where you can always get a reduced price. It's a wonderful diet for us diabetics. I find myself staying more or less in the first phase of the diet (which cuts out all that Eliason1 has said here, anyway). It only takes about 2-3 days for a person to get over the desire to have those items and once you're beyond that time, then you'll start to feel better and you'll start to lose. One loses the belly fat first, which is a wonderful way to get very excited about the diet. The South Beach Diet was put together by a cardiologist who wanted a better life for his patients. It worked for them, as it will for you. Good luck. Let us know how you make out with your diet in the weeks and months to come. . 2010-08-14 08:14:57 -0500 Report

Cut these tihngs out of your diet entirely—only six things: Bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, pizza and sweets. It's not as hard as it seems. You can still have fruit, beans, meats and vegetables. Challenge yourself to do it for one week and see what happens. You will be surprised!

ccthatsme 2010-08-15 11:27:55 -0500 Report

Great thinking Eliason! These things are my down fall , also. Never thought of just cutting them out completely! I have children at home and they love these foods, but if just say NO to them for myself, it might work.

Meg60 2010-08-17 09:37:29 -0500 Report

Hi, thanks for the information, the only challenge I will have is not eating pasta, but I can do it.

RAYT721 2010-08-22 20:41:35 -0500 Report

It's really not a matter of what you CAN"T have but what you CAN have. Check out dreamfields (low carb) pasta options but pay attention to serving sizes. You can have pizza (try low carb tortillas instead of Pizza Hut Fat Lovers version). You can have sweets but they don't have to be made with 100% sugar. Learn to swap and you won't have to learn to go without. I spend a lot of time reading food labels, comparing, swapping and learning to live with food instead of living without it. Knowledge is power!

bgmullins 2010-08-25 09:12:18 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed in 2002 after noticing I was slowly gaining weight and feeling tired and listless. I had all the diabetic warning signs so my doctor sent me for a GTT. Sure enough, diabetes. At that time, I weighed 223 and I am 5'2". Needless to say, I developed knee pain, ankle pain and a shortness of breath when I exerted myself in any way. My doctor also sent me to the American Diabetic Association nutrition classes. The classes were invaluable and the nutritionist and diatetiician suggested I go on the 1200 calorie a day plan. I received a list of food and their meal plan book. I was skeptical but decided I would do anything to avoid taking insulin. I lost 100 pounds in one year eating healthy and measuring all my food intake. I was required to add at least 45 grams of carbs at each meal. I could feel my clothes getting looser as the months passed. I have gain back about 40 pounds which is something I never wanted to do but with the lifestyle everyone leads, it is difficult to go home and cook a decent meal and stick with the plan every night. I am 90% sedentary due to my job and I am just exhausted when I get home from work all I want to do is rest so my exercise has suffered tremendously. I was just recently diagnosed with high cholesterol and my doctor added Zocor to my med regimen. I took it for 6 weeks and had a major reaction where my joints and muscles ached so bad I could barely get around. I was told to stop the meds immediately due to a possible lasting effect of the medication. I admit, my numbers went down to normal but at a price. I am now on Lipitor which doesn't act as fast but will still control my cholestrol. I can't afford to go out and buy new clothes so I have decided to go back to the ADA for some more classes. They are experts and the information is so worth going. Good luck to everyone!

Hinboyz3 2010-08-14 08:11:03 -0500 Report

Dont worry I felt the sameway when I started to exercise and changed my diet too. It felt like I had made no head way. But from the time I was diagnosed to my first return visit to the doctors, I felt as though I had not loss a pound. But when I got onto the scale and was told I had actually loss 13lbs and didn't know it, well that was my beginning. I can tell now with all the hard work of fitting in exercise and good nutrition that Im on the right track. Im still loosing but most of all I feel good now health wise. So don't worrie too much cause once you start loosing its no turning back, you'll be so happy. So please keep up the good work of exercising and eating right, and soon it will happen.

Mama Dee
Mama Dee 2010-08-13 22:55:11 -0500 Report

Happy day Tobiwan,

Be patient some folks builds muscle before they lose weight which means you are toning. Keep the changes that you have made stay prayed up. God is w/u in this situation He is not looking @ the situation He is looking @ how u react to it. Stay focused it will happen in time, the slower u lose the weight the more chance you have 2 keep it off. I will b standing on the wall 4 you concerning this journey.

Working 4 Jesus, & Loving it,
Mama Dee

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baby girl 32 2010-08-12 12:35:06 -0500 Report

I weighed over 500 pounds last year and lost most of my weight why I was in the hospital. Now I walk where ever I go and I eat 6 small meals or light snacks daily and have managed to keep the weight off. Im almost under 300 pounds so im doing good.

SUNNYSAL45 2010-08-16 12:22:29 -0500 Report

You are not doing good. You are doing GREAT Baby Girl.. Keep up the good work and give me some more of your tips please…

angelalock 2010-08-16 13:05:35 -0500 Report

go baby girl, go baby girl!!!!! that is great!!!! keep on keeping on until you reach that weight you're aiming for.

KittyPaws10 2010-08-25 09:41:22 -0500 Report

Baby GIrl…YOU GO WOMANNNN…that is awesome. Stick to it and you will lose the rest of the weight. Just think of all the cute clothes you will be able to get into when you get to where you want to be…HOW FUN !!!

bace 2010-08-11 15:42:43 -0500 Report

weight loss = biggest battle!! my doctor told me in the beginning…your body has been 'sick' for some time now. so it will need some time to 'get better'. now you need to keep up the hard work, exercise, diet modifications, take the meds. as your body adjusts to getting better and working with you and your meds, your hard work will start to show. i still have issues with this myself, but that's what he told me…and i trust him on that. i just don't seem to be too good at keeping up with my end of the bargain (exercising, food, etc.) but i am trying :) good luck to you too! ( p.s. i take the same meds)

eddieann 2010-08-11 11:50:42 -0500 Report

Tobiwan, I am having some problems with loss too, it seems after I got older (55) its harder to lose. I have been eating alot better recently , I found a weight loss class on the internet. It's, she has lost over 200 pounds and she has classes on Thursday nights. It's 14.95 a month, which is alot cheaper than WW, she lost her weight through WW, so she still counts points. It is chalk full of motivation. You can go back through all of her meetings that she has had. Tons of recipes. It is great. Give it a try, the first month is free. Good luck and God bless you.

Lakeland 2010-08-10 22:03:48 -0500 Report

My health coach told me that there are 3500 calories in a pound. So the sooner I cut 3500 calories I'll lose 1 pound. there was a article posted on Yahoo that some salads are loaded with calories. So try dressings on the side.

Cutting the calories can also be done by exercising,The one thing great about your weight is, when you exercise you'll burn more calories, I lost 30 pounds & now I have to do more just to maintain.

Watching portion sizes are very important, read the lables, on days I blow it, t's usually I had something that a portion size is 2 & I eat the whole box.

Choose things with High fiber they make the body work harder to break the food down so you stay feeling more full longer & If you like carrots or something they are a great snack, you can eat a good amount and get the fiber you need.

I hope something I posted helps.

Tobiwan 2010-08-10 22:30:05 -0500 Report

Here's the thing…I weighed 475 about 18 months ago when I had a spinal injury that required emergency surgery to try and avoid permanent nerve damage. The surgery corrected the issue but not in time to avoid all the damage. I changed my diet at that time and have lost 55lbs. I've lost it slowly to make sure I kept it off this time. I've lost weight numerous times before but lost it quickly then gained it back. I have kept very close control over my diet since then. This is why I'm puzzled. I have reduced my calories a bit more while managing the amount of carbs but the weight loss has just stopped about 2 days after starting insulin injections.

Lakeland 2010-08-15 14:09:08 -0500 Report

I'm not on insulin so I can't comment but if your still in pain
I just went to a seminar on spinal stimulation, if you've ever tried A TENS unit, this is something they temporarily put on the outside of your spine to see how effective it is & if it works they permanantly put it in.

I suffer from chronic pain & I've gotten worse this past week, I can't walk really well & I can't bend over to pick up anything off of the floor. it's tough to get the exercise when you can't move,

best wishes

angelalock 2010-08-16 13:32:01 -0500 Report

i know how hard it is to lose weight when you have a physical handicap, especially the back. i have severe degenerative disc disease, myself. i also have had two scopes on my right knee and a lateral release because my kneecaps are not centered but 'float' and are off to the outside of my legs. i also had a bad accident as a teen. i was hit by a boat and the propellor nearly severed my left leg. this resulted in alot of permanent damage, the worst being a 'dropped foot'. i have to lift my leg pretty high for my foot to clear the floor and i have to swing it out just a bit. over the years this has caused more damage to my back and my hips are really bad. what i'm getting at with all this is it is very hard to exercise when you have a handicap. i cannot run or even walk fast enough to call it exercise. i've tried exercise videos…even trying richard simmons since his are more low impact. i can't do half the exercises because i cannot jump, skip or bounce. the only exercise my doc advises is water therapy. which would be great if they had a class in the evening when i am finished working for the day. maybe you have just reached a plateau and shortly will begin losing again. and it's awesome you've lost 55 pounds already!! good luck!!

KittyPaws10 2010-08-25 09:49:58 -0500 Report

Angel, I have the dropped foot problem too. It is a pain in the rump to deal with. I also have severe degenerative disc disease. Mainly due to ruptured discs, but also due to sciatic nerve damage. Ask your doctor about Lyrica if you dont already take it. It is amazing. Then after you get that to working in your system try the water aerobics again. I go to the YMCA. YES the classes are in the early AM…Like 8AM…UGH… But they are well worth it…Good LUck !!

angelalock 2010-08-25 10:48:20 -0500 Report

thanks, kitty. i've never taken lyrica but i think i may ask the doc at my next visit. i'd even be willing to take on 8am classes. unfortunately, (will i shouldn't say that) i am a daycare provider and my day begins at 7 and ends between 5:30 and 6. there are so many errands and such i just can't do because they are closed when my day begins and closed when it ends. thank goodness my doc is open on sat. do you ever wear a brace on your leg? i didn't wear one for 13 years, then i seemed to be tripping more often, so i finally swallowed my pride and had a brace made. you know how irritating it is to not be able to wear certain shoes (heels, especially!!!). i used to skate, but that's impossible now, too. BUT…about 5 years ago, 20 years after the accident, i taught myself how to walk in flip flops, again!!!!! love it, love it. i have flip flops for every occasion!! lol. it may be 20 degrees outside, but you'll find me in my flip flops. people can't understand the challenges we face and how great a small victory like wearing flip flops can be.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-08-29 03:27:58 -0500 Report

Congrats on wearing flip flops. Small victories are amazing. My husband has a dropped foot with some nerve damage. Days he walks better are a celebration. We found a local hotel that charged $2 to swim in their indoor pool for water therapy. Most of the time we were the only people using the pool. I worked nights and we would go after I got off at 6 AM.

angelalock 2010-08-30 19:47:21 -0500 Report

now, that is an idea i have never considered. lol. we do have two local indoor pools and even though i won't be with an instructor…anything is better than nothing. is your husband able to swim? i used to be a water bug, but after the accident my leg is sorta hard to control in the water, so i can only swim a short (very short) distance.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-08-31 10:19:37 -0500 Report

Got the idea from a friend with fibromyalgia. My husband comes from a long line of water avoiders. Most of them are non swimmers - him included. I finally gave up the battle to continue his hydro therapy. However he gets some therapy through photography. He is able to walk and move his back a little better since he has been concentrating on taking pictures. It has only been about 3 years since his disc herniated.

Harley480 2010-08-10 15:58:15 -0500 Report

like Julie said…Weight Watchers helps and might just be the key your looking for…I heard it said many times over the years I have used them and they show evidence that it is the best eating plan for being healthy…I said eating plan and I meant just that…we need to re-learn how to eat..not only for weight loss but for our health. Weight Watchers teaches you to eat healthy and get satisfyed with you meals (if you follow their plan to the letter)..cutting corners just makes you lose ground with the plan but I personally have gone from 420 pounds to 207 in 18 months…I've since gained back alot of it (I've been recently diagnosed with the big "D"…but I have been laid up and inactive for several years due to surgeries (6) on my left arm…long story) but the point is it works and I can be a testament to it…I am planning to use it again…I have known about my diabetes for 4 days now..and this is scary and all new to me…it also explains alot…why I am always tired and sluggish when I was full of energy in the past…Hope any of this banter helps.

KittyPaws10 2010-08-25 09:54:07 -0500 Report

Harley, Hang in there…being Diabetic isnt as bad as it sounds. Just remember, Moderration, medication and exercise will make it all happen. Once it all comes together all the sluggish and tired will vanish…Good Luck…

theladyiscrazy 2010-08-10 13:38:58 -0500 Report

It is also frustrating when you plateau for a couple of months, but as others have said, it is a time for your body to make major adjustments. Plus, meds can affect things, along with stress, etc. I don't know about you but I found the adjustments at the beginning really stressful as you find out more and more. Maybe not stress stressful but frustrating stressful.

Tobiwan 2010-08-10 22:33:21 -0500 Report

I'm sure you're on the right track and thank you. It's been less than a month since all of this started and I need to make sure I destress

RAYT721 2010-08-10 13:12:32 -0500 Report

As with anything what works for one person won't work for another. Your question on weight loss is a common question here on DC and other support boards also. Unfortunately there is no one answer that is going to work as our bodies are all different. You may wish to search the archives for key words like weight and see what questions and answers other members have given and received.

With that said I can tell you what's worked for me. First of all I need to say that I am not on diabetes medication if that matters.

Perhaps the key tip I can give is about learning portion control and reading labels both on recipes and food labels. Journaling is also a great thing to get into as it helps you track things you should track and helps you build your own cookbook and menu plans of what works and what doesn't for your weight and glucose reading losses.

Starvation is not an answer. Many people feel if they just forgo breakfasts they will reduce calories. That's true but they are reducing the wrong calories. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for your glucose, metabolism and energy so don't cut back there.

Water!!! Water will help fill you up, not out. Water (especially tap over bottled) has good things to offer your body, your skin, etc. Don't be afraid to tap the tap.

Exercise helps and it doesn't have to be lengthy workouts at the gym. Touch your toes. Touch someone else's toes. Vacuum the floor. Pull weeds. Something is better than nothing because nothing does nothing. Go for a walk. You don't have to run a marathon to burn calories and see results. Find a friend, a dog or an Ipod and just go out enjoying the sun, the shade, the rain or whatever weather you're given. All successful journeys begin with a single step.

Swap! Try this over that and see what you think… brown rice over white rice, olive oil over shortening, and low fat dairy over high fat options.

Many of us are behind you 100% including myself. If I can help at all, drop a line and invite me to your friend's list. I may not have the answers but I have genuine concern for you. We're in it to win it!!! Just being here shows you've taken a step on the right path. Let's walk it together!!!

Julie63 2010-08-10 04:00:54 -0500 Report

Hi all! My brother & I joined Weight Watchers and it really helped. There are usually a few people there with Diabetes. They talk a lot about PORTION control, and if you are very heavy, chances are that like many of us, you don't really understand what a standard portion looks like. I was shocked when I found out that a portion of most cereals is 3/4 cup, and when you pour that in your bowl - it's kind of sad. It looks like maybe 1/2 or even 1/3 of what I used to eat.

They also talk about TRACKING what you eat. The first week, if you will just write down everything you eat - that will be a good start. Then later, you can look up the calories (on line or buy a little calorie book), and find out how many calories you are eating in a typical day.

And like bettymachete said - having a weight loss buddy is a really big help. I didn't really know anyone in my neighborhood, so Weight Watchers helped with that, since you have a whole room full of people to cheer you on.

Other quick ideas: don't DRINK any calories. save your calories for food, it will fill you up more. cut out almost all beverages with calories. no more soda, limit juice (juice has the same calories as Coca-Cola!) and switch to non-fat milk.
cut way back or eliminate butter, oil, mayonnaise, cheese…

Eat lean meats - I live on broiled chicken. And most vegetables are ok calorie-wise, but as a Diabetic watch out for the carbs in the starchy ones. I avoid corn & potatoes, but eat a lot of green vegetables. Salads are great - but if you pile on the bleu cheese or ranch dressing, you might as well have a cheeseburger! if you use a low-calorie, low-fat or low-carb dressing, that can be a good choice.

Just keep up your efforts, don't get discouraged! The weight will come off!