I have never really had a body issue. I have always been curvier and have been ok with it until recently I feel like I have blown up like a balloon. I have read in some articles that it has to do with watching what you eat while on the pump because insulin promotes fat storage and you using more insulin than you need can cause this problem. I do an intense boot camp three times a week and calorie count and am still having issues getting the weight off. Any one else experience this and find something that worked??
I found something that took weight off. After I limited my carbohydrate consumption to less than 100 mg per day, I lost about 20 pounds (about 12% of my weight) in two months. When my carb count decreased, my total daily units of insulin went down by 50%.
My original intent was to increase my blood glucose control. That not only worked, but I also lost weight and dropped my blood pressure enough to discontinue my meds.
Losing weight and using insulin can be tricky but I'm very happy with the results. I never felt hungry or deprived as I dropped weight. Limiting carbs is a proven weight loss tactic but most people put the weight back on when they return to their old eating habits. I've been on this low carb regimen for six months now and don't intend to ever stop eating this way.
LOL, do you mean 100G of carbs/ day? A mg isn't very many!! I agree that carbs are thing to watch out for. It's not the pump by itself, it's what you do with it!
I agree: The three secrets to weight loss with diabetes are: low carb, low carb and low carb.
All my life I had trouble controlling my weight and the older I got the harder it got, to the point that I was as likely to lose weight as fly without an airplane. I was thin for my body type when I was diagnosed (having lost 40 much needed pounds) but maybe 5 pounds thin, not the 14 I've gained. I gained it slowly over 3 years, but the slow rise was persistent. I felt pretty hopeless about stopping the gain let alone losing. I've never been in the "eat whatever you want and bolus for it" camp (I couldn't take that risk with my stupid metabolism!). I didn't eat sugar, ate moderate low carbs and never overate. But I got really frustrated and decided to reduce my carbs still further and see what happened. I went from "under 100 carbs" to 35-65 (and now average in the 50s). It has taken awhile but I've lost 7 pounds so far. I think it's the combination of low carbs and less insulin. If it works for me, it will work for anyone!
Ha! Of course, 100 grams of carbs per day. I usually average about 50 - 75 grams per day.
Thank you Terry. This is really helpful! I might just try to go low carb (even though it will be really hard for me) Thanks for your input!
We're all different, Dkinsey, so you will have to figure out how low you will need to go on carbs. For me, "under 100 carbs a day" was causing me to gain weight. I had to go down further, but I'm older than you so maybe it will be easier for you.
Dkinsey - Going low carb is much easier than you imagine! A high fat diet satiates well.
Yep, I agree. I lost over 50 pounds after beginning the pump, because I was working on getting my A1C down, I had to "lose the carbs" and now, while I do eat carbs, I work on avoiding the rice/potato/cereal/noodle/tortilla carbs and would rather have fruit. And just cutting down the serving sizes made a huge difference. Plus I have found that hitting the treadmill or bike twice a day instead on only once makes a huge difference - even if one session is only 10 min, it seems to really add up.
I had been feeling "blown up like a balloon" for quite a while. I recently started on the low-carb Dr. Richard Berstein diet in order to better manage my blood sugars and within one week went from 139 lbs to 132 lbs, mostly water weight, but I feel much less bloated!
Congrats to both Korrie and Catherine on your weight loss! You're both on to a very useful weight loss tactic!
not to play devils advocate, but lots of low carbers who see a quick few pounds fall off, praise the high heavens that they have lost weight. But is it bodyfat? Or is their glycogen stores depleting? Is it water?
IMO, moderate the carbs for sure, as a western civilisation, we tend to overdo the carbs. But they arent thy enemy. They are just an energy source. Sit on your butt all day and feed your body an energy source which is over and above your needs, then hey presto, you tend to put on some bodyfat.
DOGS ! Get some dogs, run up and down the sandunes and you will be so wrecked you'll never want to eat again. It works. !