Hi guys! Looking for some wisdom. Only had T1 for 3 years and since then, I litterally can't lose weight. I'm not asking for much, about 15 lbs. I've worked out, watched what I eat and still only end up losing and gaining the same 5 lbs over again. I litterally can not say no to carbs, why is this? Point I'm getting to...anyone taken appetite suppressants? I'm really the kind of person that knows that hard work pays off, do things the good ol' fashion way and you will forever reep the reward of your work. I'm looking for help and thinking this might be a good option just for a reset. Trying and failing is getting to me. Any thoughts??
Yes, it's a really bad idea! By "appetite suppressants" I assume you mean amphetamine products. There are other over the counter or over the internet type products but they don't do anything. Appetite suppressants can be addictive, will make you jittery and anxious and will interfere with your sleep, raise your blood pressure and god knows what else. Yes, they will help you lose weight, but you will gain it all back when you stop them and you risk other negative effects such as depression.
Believe me I understand what you are going through. I am slowly but surely gaining weight despite eating quite healthy; I'm significantly older than you which makes it harder. What I would suggest is a few things: If you have any degree of insulin resistance ask your doctor about possibly prescribing one of the drugs that helps with that such as Metformin. If not, consider Symlin. It didn't help me with weight loss at all but it does help many people. There is a Symlin site on here.
As for carbs, when I am able to lose weight it is entirely due to carb reduction. Why can't you say no to carbs? Because they're addictive! More so for some of us than for others. You know for yourself which foods you just can't eat in reasonable servings? The only way to eliminate the cravings is to eliminate the addiction and the only way to do that is not to "feed it". In other words cut out the foods that cause you cravings. It will not be easy but within about 30 days the cravings will disappear. Trust me. I haven't eaten sugar for 18 years and I don't miss it at all.
But what you don't want to do is make yourself feel deprived. I know that sounds contradictory, but if you feel deprived, after awhile you will give in to cravings and that is how you keep losing and gaining. Find new recipes to cook that are relatively low carb but are yummy! Spend a bit more, or take a bit more time and skip the fast food joints at lunch. Instead go to a great deli that has fresh salads. Treat yourself to a night at a nice seafood restaurant - or whatever you enjoy. Replace your old ways of soothing yourself with carbs either with different kinds of foods or treat yourself in non-food ways!
Sounds like you already know there are no easy answers, no instant answers. Appetite suppressants won't help you with your weight loss issue in the long term and could give you more problems than they solve.
You might try doing some reseach and talking to your doctor about Symlin. http://www.diabeteshealth.com/read/2007/10/12/5485/symlin-promising...
I used a prescription weight loss medication prescribed by a Dr I used to see called Apidpex. Its an older medication, and seems to have a fairly safe track record to it. But a medication can only do so much, its really the change in lifestyle that needs to take place. What ever you do, I'd recommend a physician supervised weight loss program. Bariatric programs often will help people to lose weight, even if gastric bypass isn't what you need. They really encompass healthy eating, portion sizes, exercise ALL the tools you need for ongoing weight management. I have also used Weight Watchers with really good results.
I'd avoid the over the counter weight loss medications, as MOST of them today the stuff in them that caused the weight loss has been changed, and they are really ineffective. Plus not knowing all your medical history, over the counter weight loss medication can be dangerous for people with blood pressure issues. So while I don't say NO to the idea of using medication to help initially lose some weight, you'd be much better off in the long run doing a physician supervised weight loss program. Good luck.