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10/17/11 3:06 P

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Thanks for the info Valerie! I can't help but admit that I feel as though this is going to be a bad uphill battle. I read some reviews of the book you mentioned and it sounds like you'd have to be extremely disciplined to follow his advice!! Will definitely try to eat more protein and fewer carbs. That's great about the 52 lbs. you lost!

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10/17/11 2:23 P

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PS: A lot of factors make it difficult to lose when you're using insulin. For one thing, insulin is a fat-storing hormone, so that's one strike. Many of us also have thyroid issues, so that can be another. If you've yo-yo dieted you may have messed up your metabolism (that's me!), and depending on your age, menopause may start to be a factor (I'm 51).

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10/17/11 2:21 P

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I second the low-carb approach; it's the only way I've ever been able to lose weight after diagnosis.

Years ago I effortlessly lost 38 pounds in 3.5 months after reading Richard K. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution. His approach just makes sense to me.

But when I returned to eating carbs, I added the weight and last December found myself at my all-time high. I cut the carbs drastically (less than 30 a day) but nothing happened. My dietician felt I was "eating too few calories."

So on February 18, 2011 I started with Medifast, which gives me about 1000-1200 calories a day and approximately 75 grams of carbohydrates a day.

I've lost 52 pounds as of yesterday and couldn't be more thrilled. Still have about 20-30 to lose but now I've gained the confidence to do it!

My plan, once I'm off MF, is to eat multiple small, low-carb "mini-meals" a day. Not only is my blood sugar perfect (A1C stays around 5.4%) but I'm never hungry.

Good luck, you can do this!
Valerie


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10/17/11 1:29 P

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GOOD GIRL for eating your protein. I'm supposed to eat about 80 grams of protein a day and that's hard for me to do!

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10/17/11 1:27 P

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Thanks for the information - this does help! I've always been a carb lover but have lately been trying not to eat more carbs than protein. 19 pounds is awesome! Hope I can get there soon too :)

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10/17/11 1:16 P

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Welcome! I have been a member for a long time, but come and go on the board. My advice would be to eat as few carbs as possible, so you take less insulin. Speaking for myself....
the more insulin I take, the more weight I gain. My endocrinologist does not agree, but I have been going to a bariatrician for about 5 months and with her low-carb diet and medicine, I have managed to lose 19 pounds.

There are lots of knowledgeable people on here that are willing to answer your questions.


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10/17/11 1:09 P

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Hi everyone! I just joined SP a few days ago and am really liking it. I'm glad I found a type 1 diabetics forum. I feel like having type 1 diabetes has been a big obstacle in me losing weight or seeing results. Does anyone know why this is? It's very frustrating to see other people losing weight so easily and me struggling. Anyway, I need to stick with the plan this time and will hopefully start to see results soon. As far as diabetes, I was diagnosed 23 years ago. My sister also has type 1 but no one else in our family has any history of any type of diabetes. I started using a pump about 4.5 years ago and it's helped to control my blood sugars a lot. My A1C has been 6.9 for the past 6 months or so. I'd love to get it around 6.5 or even lower.

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