Ok I've been a Type1 for almost 25 years now and pumping over a year with a Paradigm722. I have gained weight since starting the pump and I was wondering if anyone has been able to successfully lose weight while pumping and if so, how?
Do you use the exchange system still? If so, it translates pretty easily to carb counting. 1 starch or fruit exchange = 15g of carb, 1 milk exchange = approx. 12g, etc.
The reason why carb counting is so crucial to many of us is that if you can determine your insulin to carb ratio, you can manage a fairly precise dosage to cover your meals. It's much more accurate than exchanges.
How do you cover your meals now? Is there a set amount of a fast-acting insulin you bolus at meals? Do you always eat the same amounts? Do you count total calories? Blindly estimate? How do you figure your meal boluses? That will help give us an idea as to what your first step should be.
Well I carry the updated Calorie King book like a eating out bible for one..it's not always accurate but it gives you a starting place to figure up carbs. Another way is I weighed and measured my food religiously to start with until I got better at recognizing portion size my eye. Now don't get me wrong, I still have problems sometimes figuring all of this up, especially combined meal such as pizza and spaghetti BUT using these tips gives you a good starting point.
I've managed to lose almost 100lbs on the pump, but then gained about 30 of it back. I would just eat a really low carb diet and if I was going low, I'd decrease my insulin using the temp rate. Of course, ok it with your endo first ;)
oh and I did an hour of cardio 6 days a week and 20 minutes weight training 3 times a week
I have, after a healthy weight gain (60 LBS), i started Weight Watchers and I got it all back. I do recommend WW it has been really good for me, and if you see that 60Lbs walking aorund, kick it in the butt,,, i do not want it back.
It's all about burning more calories than you eat. I wear a pump and have lost 10 lbs in the past 5 weeks by cutting back on my calories and continuing to bolus for the carbs as needed. As the weight comes off, I'm finding I have to dial back my basals a bit so I don't go low.
I understand turning back the calories but one of my big problems right now is I am trying to quit smoking (yeah I know yuck yuck) and I always seem to be HUNGRY. I try to snack on veggies etc but I still seem to crave my soy crackers and anything soothing (which usually means carbs. Add that to I have severe joint problems and going through P.T. for my rotater cuff exercising is kind of hard. What exercises would you recommend?
I've lost about 10 lbs since I've started the pump 6 or 7 weeks ago. I have to admit, I've no idea how. I dont think I'm doing anything differently.... I'm not complaining though. Since I got married almost 2 years ago, I've managed to gain about 21lbs so I'm delighted its going the other way now.
I can totally relate. Since I was diagnosed I gained twenty lbs. and then when I started pumping I gained fifteen more, as a teenage girl I am very concerned. the initial twenty was over a two and half year span, but I only started on the pump three weeks ago!
I've been T1 for about the same time..over 25 yrs. I am on the Paradigm 722 as well and have been pumping for about 3 yrs now. I was actually hoping the pump would help me lose weight however I have gained which is disappointing for sure! I heard after I got on the pump that you often gain weight the first couple yrs after starting on pump therapy because of your body adjusting to it and then you start to lose. But everyone is different. I lost some weight when I went to the DR recently but still have a lot more I want to lose myself! I've been trying to really cut back on my carbs and get more exercise!! But I do think being on an insulin pump you tend to bolus for things maybe you wouldn't have eaten previously on just shots..at least I have. I guess that's from feeling so deprived your entire life of anything really bad for you like sweets!! ;0) It makes it easy to splurge here and there more easily when you can press a button to cover it which can certainly add on the pounds too!
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