I have type 2, and was diagnosed 5/24 with a A1c of 7.4. I immediately went on a crash caloric counting diet, and now about 10 weeks later, I have lost 5" of belly fat, 20 lbs. My blood sugar is staying fairly good, mornings maybe 115, most times after eating 2 hours maybe about 110-130 +/- It seems to be working good so far but my weight loss and inches lost have stopped. I do walk and do stairs daily until I'm too tired. If I start counting carbs now versus calories would that be right?
First of all, congratulations on all the changes you have made! It’s not easy to lose 5 inches of belly fat this quickly and it sounds like your blood glucose levels have really improved. The question now is where do you go from here? Is it more important for you to count carbs or count calories at this point? The answer is probably that doing a little bit of both makes sense. In counting your calories, your portion sizes have gone down and the amount of carbohydrates you are eating has also come down. By controlling calories, carbohydrates end up also being controlled. However, this “diet” you are on may be a little bit too severe to stay on for the rest of your life, so now is probably time to learn how to count your carbs. Carbohydrate counting is not a “diet” per se; it’s more about eating in a well-balanced, consistent way. To learn about carb counting, find a local dietitian who understands diabetes. Keep food logs for 3 to 4 days and take them with you when you see the dietitian. He or she will look at these records and create an individualized meal plan just for you, taking into account your weight loss goals, age, gender, level of physical activity and blood glucose control and daily caloric needs.