what are the guidelines for a type 2 diabetic to lose weight

I have type 2 diabetes and its all so overwhelming learning of the disease. When I spoke to my doctor he shared for me to not set my hopes to high with my ambitions to lose weight as the diabetes can work against you. He sure burst my bubble let me tell ya.

But determined as I am I am dieting and exercising and to date have lost 11 lbs. since beginning the end of Jan. I just want to know I am getting in the right amount of carbs, fats and protein on my 1,500 calorie diet? If any of you can help me with this I certainly appreciate you more than you know.

I have the patience and determination to do the work, I just need to know I am on the right track

Thanks, Debbie:smile:

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  • happygirl518
    happygirl518 Posts: 270 Member
    I have type 2 diabetes and its all so overwhelming learning of the disease. When I spoke to my doctor he shared for me to not set my hopes to high with my ambitions to lose weight as the diabetes can work against you. He sure burst my bubble let me tell ya.

    But determined as I am I am dieting and exercising and to date have lost 11 lbs. since beginning the end of Jan. I just want to know I am getting in the right amount of carbs, fats and protein on my 1,500 calorie diet? If any of you can help me with this I certainly appreciate you more than you know.

    I have the patience and determination to do the work, I just need to know I am on the right track

    Thanks, Debbie:smile:
  • songbyrdsweet
    songbyrdsweet Posts: 5,691 Member
    Fortunately, exercise and proper diet can improve your insulin sensitivity. Right now your cells don't react to the insulin you're producing, but exercising and keeping your sugar under control by sticking with low-gi, complex carbohydrates and enough protein and fat--that can make your cells react properly to the insulin.

    MFP sets you up with 60% carbohydrates, 15% protein, and 25% fat. Those are all within the RDA. If you are feeling unsatisfied, make sure you're eating enough fiber (21-25g/day). And if that doesn't keep you feeling full, you can increase your fats up to 30% and proteins up to 20% (protein can go higher, but I don't really recommend that for a diabetic). Obviously, if you increase those things, you decrease the carbohydrates slightly as well. The key to keeping your sugar under control is to monitor it consistently (especially before/after exercise) and pay attention to what foods change it, and how much. Combine your carbohydrates with fat and protein to keep your blood sugar stable, and eat smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day.

    I hope that helps! :flowerforyou:
  • I had type 2 diabetes. Though a lot of workouts and watching what I ate and how much I ate really helped. I beat in a year. I still have to prick myself 3 days a week, but it always run between 90-110. You can beat it, have faith in yourself.
  • ivykivy
    ivykivy Posts: 2,970 Member
    According to a article I read in nutrition and metabolism it seem a low carb ketogenic diet, like Atkins, worked best to lower weight and get off diabetes meds in that particular study.

    Here's the link http://www.nutritionandmetabolism.com/content/5/1/36.
  • MTGirl
    MTGirl Posts: 1,490 Member
    I have Type 2 diabetes also. Exercise does wonders for my blood sugars! I however, have to be extremely careful with my carb intake. Otherwise I would have to at least double my medication - and I'm trying to wean myself off Metformin. My max is 500 in the am and 1000 in the pm, but if I work out in the am I only take 500 in the pm. 1 pill is 500 mg. And on that dose I can't have more than 30 grams of carb in a meal without being high right now. As of this last couple of weeks or so, I am tolerating carbs like oatmeal at breakfast and beans without being out of range - if I don't go too overboard.

    Really, for me, it was a matter of testing a lot and paying attention to what I was eating and how it effected me. Like for cereals - I used to be able to eat Grape Nuts and stay in range, but Shredded Wheat would knock me out way high - there's less carbs in Shredded Wheat than Grape Nuts. So our bodies respond differently sometimes to certain foods! I don't eat cereal in the a.m. anymore unless it's oatmeal. :smile: Oatmeal or eggs, that's my choices right now!

    If you are having trouble with the cost of self-testing - WalMart has a neat little testing kit called Side Kick. It is a little round meter with 50 test strips inside of it and it sells here for just under $20. It is cheaper than even using Reli On strips and meter. The only thing you have to get separately is the lancets and the "finger poker thingy" :laugh: that the lancets go in - why can't I remember what it is called?? But, for me personally the key was frequent testing and seeing how certain foods made me react and seeing what exercise helped and what didn't - weight training does amazing, but not really until later in the day so I try to do cardio and strengthening both when I can haul my hiney up and do it!

    I know, I know, long winded today. Hope there was something in there that may have helped you!! congratulations on your weight loss so far!! Good work :drinker:
  • chipper15173
    chipper15173 Posts: 3,981 Member
    i am diabetic. as you can see by my ticker you can lose weight. all this has come off since the day the doctor told me. for most T2s weight is one of the reasons you become diabetic. for me it was family and weight.
    you need to see if there is a diabetic class. most are free and put on by doctors offices. here there is an expo every year. a nutritionist will help so much, each and everyone of us is different in our eating. some (like mtgirl) can't handle many carbs. me i get 45 per meal and 15-30 per snack. 1600 calories. i also workout at the gym 3xs week and 2-3xs a week at home. i have to have a protein with every meal. some people get to subtract fiber from the carbs. i get to if it's over 5, my sister gets to no matter what the fiber is.
    if he puts you on metformin that also helps you lose weight.
    your health insurance should pay for meter, strips, classes, nutritionist, shoes. what you need.

    you will be fine, just keep going to your checkups. (mine every3 months). my A1C has been 5.7 for almost 2 yrs now.

    good luck.
  • MTGirl
    MTGirl Posts: 1,490 Member
    i am diabetic. as you can see by my ticker you can lose weight. all this has come off since the day the doctor told me. for most T2s weight is one of the reasons you become diabetic. for me it was family and weight.
    you need to see if there is a diabetic class. most are free and put on by doctors offices. here there is an expo every year. a nutritionist will help so much, each and everyone of us is different in our eating. some (like mtgirl) can't handle many carbs. me i get 45 per meal and 15-30 per snack. 1600 calories. i also workout at the gym 3xs week and 2-3xs a week at home. i have to have a protein with every meal. some people get to subtract fiber from the carbs. i get to if it's over 5, my sister gets to no matter what the fiber is.
    if he puts you on metformin that also helps you lose weight.
    your health insurance should pay for meter, strips, classes, nutritionist, shoes. what you need.

    you will be fine, just keep going to your checkups. (mine every3 months). my A1C has been 5.7 for almost 2 yrs now.

    good luck.

    Good job Chipper on the A1C! I was dx Sept. 29 with an A1c of 9.2, just checked last week and am now at 6.8. I'm trying for under 6 on my next check up in June. As I lose weight, I get to add a few more carbs here and there, I just don't want to add more medication! They want me to have 45 per meal and 15 - 30 per snack - but I would have to double my meds and I don't want the additional side effects! :heart:
  • chipper15173
    chipper15173 Posts: 3,981 Member
    thanks mtgirl....it hasn't been easy. after i really started losing doc said i had to quit smoking. did that and found 25-30#s. doctor and i agreed that when i get below 200 i get to cut the metformin in 1/2. i take 500 morn & night. i am shooting for that. i only have 3#s to go. but, my body is giving me heck right now. it's super tired and no energy. i have been taking an antibioctic for an infection that may be whats causing it. i just have to work harder.
    good luck to you....you can do this...
  • happygirl518
    happygirl518 Posts: 270 Member
    thank you everyone for giving me hope and tons of information to help me on this new journey.
    debbie