I am new here today. I am a 43-year-old type 1, have had it for 22 years. I am on an insulin pump and have great control. But my problem is like many other type 1s, I cannot lose any weight no matter how hard I try. I know this is long,please bear with me.
My entire life before and after diagnosis I was thin, very thin. Back then in 1990 when dx'd, I was taught exchanges for my meal plan and have honestly always done that and eaten pretty much what I wanted with no problems with weight gain or blood sugars - I've always maintained excellent control. I did not start the pump until I got pregnant at 36 yrs old and I was never taught carb counting. I was thin until I went on Lantus at about age 32 and then gained about 12 lbs but still was slim around 137 lbs at 5'6" (which I thought that was fat! ha!). During pregnancy, I gained a TON of weight and have never been able to shed it all, 6 years later. I need to lose about 16 lbs. to get back to 137 lbs. just to feel Ok about myself. For 6 years since having my only child, I've tried everything to lose weight - Nutrisystem, Weight Watchers, boot camps, counting calories, etc. etc. The most I've lost is about 6 lbs on Nutrisystem in 1 month and then it came right back after I stopped that program and ate normal food. I am frustrated and depressed and feel very badly about myself. I don't want to be super skinny, I am realistic, I just want to be a good healthy weight for my height and at 155 lbs now I am not. I sure can maintain a weight though, I stay about the same.
I have talked over and over with my endo about this and he's not really much help - just tells me it's "calories in/calories burned" to lose, but I've done that and it does not work for me. I've researched some about doing low-carb and am ready to try it but I wanted to hear others' experiences about it. I have a call into the endo to get set up with a nutritionist to help me, but in the meantime, I'd like to get started ASAP as it's summer and again, I am still too big. I want to lose even just 5 lbs and I'd be happy at this point but need to lose 16 eventually.
How many grams of carbs a day should I stick to to lose weight? I can't go no-carb, I love carbs and I get really hungry without them - I tried Atkins and last about 2 days. Something has to work at some point right? I want to know the best formula for losing with what other type 1s have had success with - how many carbs per day, what types, how much protein,etc? If I do this, what can I expect to lose per week and how long should it take? What have been others' experiences?
I have recently started exercising again doing Zumba 2x per week and walking 3 other days.
I am motivated, I just want something that will finally work for me.I refuse to believe type 1s cannot ever lose weight and I have to be this way forever! I am sorry this is so long, I am just sad and frustrated. Any help and advice would be very appreciated!
Oh and just fyi...I never did go to the nutritionist. I just used everyone's suggestions and read about carb counting and devised a plan that worked for me. It will be interesting to see what my endo says in Aug. when I go again and I'll be lighter!
Way to go Tikicristi! Thanks for sharing your success with us! I like it when people come back with updates, particularly a successful one like yours!
Like I said, the nutritionist was pretty much useless, although she did get the I:C ratio pretty much spot on so I suppose I can thank her for that. But as you said earlier, your endo wasn't much support as far as losing weight goes, but carb counting will probably go hand in hand with an improved A1C as well so the endo should be happy about that, not that that really matters anyway, it's really how you feel, not what some doctor feels that counts.
I have found since getting my blood sugar more in control when I do go high I feel just awful so it is incentive for keeping it in range.
Congrats, Tikicristi! Keep up the good work! It is amazing, isn't it, that we can cut carbs and eat less and soon we lose the urge for all the junk and feel much better in addition to losing weight!
I've been frustrated too, because I don't overeat, don't eat much processed food and have slowly but surely been gaining a few pounds each year - a total of 14 since diagnosis. I have a hard time losing weight but I lowered my carbs last week from "under 100" to 39-59 and it is starting to work so I'm ecstatic. Your success helps me too!
Good for you, congrats, keep at it. It's a lot of work, but the payoff as you can attest is really worth it.