Type 1 Diabetes And Weight Loss

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Managing Type 1 Diabetes

*People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week. Kelly lost 104 lb on a prior Weight Watchers program and SmartPoints®. “When negative thoughts creep up, I shoo them away. I say, ‘Kelly, look how far you’ve come.’” In Kelly’s words: Over the years, my weight fluctuated. I tried every fad diet and even took pills to lose weight, but nothing worked for long. I was also diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in the eighth grade so that was a challenge to manage, too. Then, when I was in my 20s, just six months after I had my second child, my husband left me. It was a traumatic experience. There I was, a stay-at-home mom with two children. I got a job as a bartender to get by. My life was in turmoil, and eating well was the last thing on my mind. I turned to food to cope. Picking up the pieces Slowly, I started to get my life together. My mom moved to Illinois to help me with the kids, and I started searching for a more stable job for the good of my family and me. I found an entry-level position at a local hospital. Then I decided to pursue a master’s degree in public health. After I finished my degree, I was offered a job in Tucson, AZ, so the Continue reading >>

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  1. erinjane2378

    Best way to lose weight as a T1?

    Hi everyone,
    Wondering if anyone can give me any advice on the best way to lose weight as a T1? I gained almost 10 pounds after going on insulin recently and am having a really difficult time getting it off. I walk about 5 miles a day / 5x a week and lift weights 3x/wk, so I don't think exercise is the problem. I've been told that it is difficult for T1 diabetics to lose weight, but would like to hear your thoughts and experiences.

  2. l0vaduck

    After years of struggling, over the past 16 months I've lost just over 5 stone (70lbs).
    The only way that's worked for me was to cut down severely on carbs which meant I could reduce my insulin doses.
    Obviously I also eat fairly healthily anyway, but I don't avoid fats - as a vegetarian I eat quite a lot of nuts and some full fat cheese.
    I set a target of how much insulin per meal, and kept my carbs within that limit. Eventually I found that I was able to reduce my background insulin as well. Steadily as the weight came off my ratios also went down (I must have been very insulin resistant).
    16 months ago I was on about 24 units of long acting insulin, and a total of at least 60 units of fast acting per day. Nowadays I take 8 units of long acting, and totals of between 24 and 30 of fast acting - but I vary this much more than I used to because I don't automatically eat lots of carbs with each meal, which I used to think was essential. Even though the carbs I was eating before were healthy: wholemeal - I was eating far too much of them.

  3. Tiger Lily

    i agree with lovaduck....... reduce the carbs and reduce the insulin....... keep the bg in a good range
    this will also impact your basal insulin when you lose weight, so that needs to be adjusted too
    i have 70 lbs to lose :-(

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