I would be inclined to talk with your Dr about this, and also ask for a referral to a Registered Dietitian. Print out some of your Nutrition Tracker pages - particularly for the days you exercise, and take them with you for the Dietitian to peruse. He/she will be able to give you valuable feed-back based on YOUR needs. It would help if you had your blood sugar readings with you (assuming you record them?)
Certainly a LOT of people with Diabetes end up with a hypo as the result of a bit too much exercise without the food to back it up.
Most of weight-loss comes down to what we eat (or don't), but of course, having said that, exercise IS an important part of a healthy lifestyle!
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7/13/13 11:59 P
This was a very good question that I needed clarity on too. Thanks for asking and thanks for replying. Will really help me in the future!
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7/13/13 6:32 P
Thank you for answering my message! I have been working out at the Y for the past 3 months. I start out with a 7 mile bike ride at 13 to 14 miles per hour...it usually takes about a half hour. Than I work out in the pool doing aqua aerobics for about 45 min. and follow up with various swimming strokes for another 45 min. I don't feel that it is a long time..it feels very relaxing for me..except for the 7 mile bike ride. It is the one sweat creating that I do and I watch my heart rate closely. I always eat before going..but I don't want a heavy meal before exercising. I know its true what you say about it creating hunger...I am starving afterwords. I not only lost weight but my Dr. took me off of my insulin, but I am still on 2 different pills. I'm not trying to lose it fast...it is going off at about 10 lb. per month. I started out a year ago with a weight a little over 300 lbs. and I'm down to 258 lbs. Most of that lost weight has been over the past 3 to 4 months. I am feeling good, but I have been worried lately about lows because I have had a couple in the past couple of weeks. It is when I wake up in the morning that I find I am low. I may have miss figured the exact calorie loss because doing the aerobics is not the same as swimming (which is what I figured it as) I couldn't find a measure for aqua size. I will make sure to take a snack with me to the gym and try not to expect too much change to quickly. Thanks
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7/13/13 2:38 P
You definitely want to make sure you eat a little something prior to your workout to ensure that your blood sugar doesn't dramatically drop. When a person exercises, that can cause their blood sugar to drop. So, do make sure you have some good handy just in case you feel a bit off.
Are you working out for a couple of hours ? a 1400+ burn for a workout is awfully high even for someone with a lot of weight to lose. Let's say you are going in for a two hour workout, you definitely need to make sure you eat a nourishing meal so that your blood sugar doesn't drop.
Eating too little and exercising too much can hinder your weight loss. This is not the Biggest Loser. Those types of weekly dramatic losses are just not typical. The contestants are working out 4-6 hours a day, that's just not something the average person can do.
Also, don't try to do too much too soon. You want to slowly ease into a regular routine so that your exercise will become just that, a routine. And your workouts have to be practical as well as sustainable. Don't try to workout a couple of hours a day. The fact is, engaging in more and more exercise will just increase your appetite. The more you exercise, the more energy (calories) you need to sustain those workouts.
What most people don't realize is that when it comes to weight loss, what matters most is what we eat. Good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit and healthy. In short, you can't outrun a bad diet with exercise. If you want to take the weight off and keep it off, you have to eat right and watch your portions first.
My advice ? If you know your blood sugar is going to drop during your workouts, make sure you eat something before as well as have a snack on hand at the gym in case of an emergency. Also, let the staff at the gym know you're diabetic just in case too.
Remember, weight loss is nothing more than a byproduct of a healthy lifestyle. If you're eating right, watching your portions and getting a little regular exercise, the weight will come off on its own. When your insides are healthy, that reflects on your outsides.
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7/13/13 9:08 A
I am getting ready to go work out at the YMCA. I usually burn around 1400 calories, but I have only consumed 435 calories for breakfast. I am diabetic and about 100 lbs. over weight. I know this will help me lose weight...but is it possible that I would go into a low in doing this. Do calories consumed need to be higher before I go. This may be a dumb question, but I don't want to get myself into trouble with my sugars
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