I've been struggling with losing weight since I had diabetes. Admittedly, I gained a lot of weight when I got depressed for having diabetes. However, I do enjoy sports/adventure activities but I can hardly lose weight since I need to load some carbohydrates whenever I get hypo. This kind of defeat the purpose of burning calories then.
Anyhow, would love to hear your suggestions/diet plans for type 1 diabetics =) Muchas gracias! =)
The only thing I've found that helps me to lose weight is to cut back on my carbs (stay under 100g/day) and do my best to avoid lows. In addition, upping my exercise helps as well, as this decreases my insulin needs and obviously burns calories.
It can be hard to lose weight as a T1, but not impossible. If you're logging your data, it may help to review it with your endo to figure out what is causing you to go low. If you can cut back on those lows, that should help significantly. I know this is hard. But I know when I take the time to look at my data and identify trends, I can shed a couple of pounds if I want.
Do a search on this site on "losing weight" and read and read.
Check that your basal is not set too high for normal activity. Try for 100-110 mm/dL when you haven't eaten. Around the clock.
Check out what bolus insulin you need for small numbers of grams. At any time of day your insulin:carb gram ratio can be different. But get familiar particularly with how much insulin covers 6-7-8 grams.
Once you are sure of that, you can eat small numbers of grams and give insulin to that and not go hypo.
Test before a definable amount of exercise, e.g., 15 minute walk; and test an hour later to see how far you've dropped. This can help you know how much less insulin to take at the meal before you're going to exercise. It won't be perfect, but you can lessen hypos by lower insulin.
I can lose weight simply by eating low carb at about 60-70 grams a day. Good luck!
Also do a search on the site on "eating low carb", and once you know what insulin you need for a low carb diet, low carb can help you lose weight.
Thanks Leo for providing helpful suggestions! :)
There's also a some sports group (Diabetic and into triathlon here, and cycling group etc)they will have more ideas about the weight loss thing.
Are you in Manila? There's a new group / organisation here in Manila called "Philippine Diabetic Athletes / Triabetics". You can find it on facebook. They're going to have their Annual General Assembly on Sat 23rd June. Probably in Makati, though. Not sure of time or venue yet. I intending to join. Will let you know once I know details.
Really??!!!I searched FB re. PH Diab Athletes, but didn't find it there although I googled it and found one of the organizers, Rej Santos. I messaged him in FB saying me and my friend are interested to join his group.
June 23 their GA, I would love to go but I have work. I would like to take a leave though. Anyway, let me know the details in case. Let's keep in touch via sms. I'll message you my mobile number. Thanks a bunch Sally!
Lowering carbs & therefore using less insulin is the best route I know. When I first went low carb, I lost too much weight & had to increase protein to gain. So, watching protein intake is also important. Not low protein, which is unhealthy, but making sure you're not eating more protein than needed. This is a good protein calculator http://www.phlaunt.com/lowcarb/DietMakeupCalc.php.
Of course, be sure that your insulin dose matches your food & activity level, so you're not using too much or too little that requires correcting. Easier said than done, I know.
Exercise is important for many reasons, but it's near impossible to exercise weight off by solely physical activity.
Thanks Gerri! Thanks also for the link! :)
There is also research ongoing regarding high fat diets as fuel for sports / adventure activities. You could google that too!
Sally, you're very well informed! :) Thanks for sharing!
I have to agree with everybody here. Going low carb a few months back not only helped me to lower my A1C but I also lost 10 kilos (22 lbs), actually without doing much exercise during that time. However, I think exercise is still important, but not so much for losing weight I would say.
Low carb it is! :) Thanks Till!