Squeak61

Q:

I lost 40 lbs on a very strict diet when first diagnosed with type 2. It seems if I don't stay that way by hardly eating anything I gain weight. I've put on 15 pounds in the last 4 months. Do you have any advice to help? I get so tired of starving!

Amy Campbell

A:

Starvation is never a good way to lose weight. One of the many downsides of very strict diets is that, while you may lose weight quickly, you tend to lose lean body mass, or muscle mass, at the same time. When you lose muscle, your metabolism slows down. This makes it harder and harder to burn off calories, even when you are eating less than you usually do. It sounds strange, but you need to eat enough in order to lose weight. I’d suggest you meet with a dietitian to work out a healthy eating plan that provides the amount of calories you need to lose weight without starving yourself. Another option is to look into a commercial weight loss program, such as Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig or Nutrisystem. They provide sensible eating plans that allow you to safely and gradually lose weight, and keep it off, too. Don’t forget the other half of the weight-loss equation, and that’s exercise. If you’re not doing at least 30 minutes of exercise (including aerobic exercise and resistance training) most days of the week, it will be difficult to lose weight and maintain that weight loss. Again, a dietitian or your doctor can work with you to develop an exercise plan that’s tailored to your needs.

April 5, 2014 at 5:55 pm