weight loss tips??

on Jun 15, 2014 @ 07:55 pm

Hi, I'm looking for advice/tips on weight loss. I'm 5 months postpartum and gained 50 lbs :( I'm also type 2 diabetic ( diagnosed during pregnancy)and can hopefully avoid medication if I loss weight and eat right..

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i hear ya! on Jun 15, 2014 @ 11:40 pm

i totally hear you! im actually 14 months postpartum, and still have to lose 30 pounds from the 50! its really hard! what helped me with my first was having 6 small meals a day, and minimizing my oils (no salad dressing, no oil while cooking) and not eating carbs like white bread, rice, etc. try to eat brown rice, quinoa, and loads of veggies, and lean protein. snack on fruit and veggies and protein, and try to drink lots of water. as for excercise, i just started a running program call couch 2 5k where you interval run and walk, but what really helped me was spinning. good luck!

Hi there on Jun 23, 2014 @ 06:22 pm

The most healthy and the easiest way of loosing your pregnancy weight is "breastfeeding".You are loosing 70 calories with each and every feed.Our body is designed in a way that during pregnancy it will retain all the water and after giving birth will produce milk to get rid of it.Drink plenty of water.Brisk walk for 20 mins is enough.Then you can start excercising more as your body allows.Don't stress out.

Water on Jun 24, 2014 @ 05:50 pm

Drink water before and after every meal. Add a few drops of lemon or lime juice to the water, it also helps with the diabetes. Throw a few grapes into the freezer, when you get the munchies eat a few frozen grapes, they really help, I think it is the crunchiness of eating them frozen. Being diabetic you shouldn't eat too many at a time but 5 or 6 should be OK.

Not a Nutritionist! on Jul 10, 2014 @ 02:33 pm

No baby, but I need the weight loss too. I'm really just new to this - because I'm starting down the diabetes road and it's strongly in my family. I've found some good things lately that I'm trying or about to start:

1. Eating 6-8 blueberries a day - blueberries have a compound (which is unmatched in any other food) which balances blood sugar, improves insulin sensitivity etc... there are a number of benefits - and these have been recognized by the American Diabetes Association.
2. Psyllium fiber. Most of us don't get enough dietary fibre - but not all fibre is created equal. So you want to eat better (more veggies than fruits for diabetes & weight loss!) but you also can add fibre through pills or powder. Psyllium fibre makes you feel full and also lowers insulin/blood sugar levels and improves cholesterol levels.
3. GFT Chromium supplements. These supplements support insulin effecitiveness in the body, and help metabolize carbs and fat. Many people can actually reduce their diabetes meds when on a steady course of this - so inform your doctor when you are starting it. It's win-win - but follow dosage recommendations carefully since this is a heavy metal.

Getting into the water habit (as Petersgirl suggested) is huge. Here's a great water consumption formula:
Your Weight divided by 2 = How many oz of water you should drink a day.

Of course exercise is crucial for weight loss, diabetes, and health. Nothing is as easy as 1-2-3, but there I hope these help!

rewards system on Jul 11, 2014 @ 02:40 am

Drink a lot of green tea instead of pop or juice. Don't buy or keep junk food in the house. Buy a "healthy cookbook" with recipes you might want to try so you can have something new to look forward to. Pick one day a week thats your reward day, so you are more likely to stay on track with your diet during the week since u know u get to reward yourself with something yummy when that day comes. Pick an excursive routine you feel comfortable doing. I started with a 7 minute core burn routine I found on youtube. I did just that for a few weeks until it felt easy and then started doing it more then once a day, and once that got easier I added other little excersizes in between those (like 3 min squat challenge, etc) while I had a few spare minutes like while you're waiting for tea to boil, or your tv show loads up. Create reward system for accomplishing excersizes, like after you do your work out routine, you get to sit down and watch an episode of your show or read a chapter of the book you're reading or whatever you like to do to relax. Find a cute outfit you like online and bookmark it. Set a goal (like 10 pounds of weight loss) and when you reach it, reward yourself with that new outfit.

I find this helps me a lot whenever I get off track on my diet and excersize routines and have to get myself back into shape. Good luck!

weight loss and diabetic.... a lifestyle change on Jul 11, 2014 @ 08:34 pm

I'm type 2 and have been for a few years now. My sugars are under control with oral medication. When pregnant I went on insulin. Now, 1 year postpartum I have not lost the 20 lbs I put on. I'm on insulin still as I'm breastfeeding, and insulin is safer than oral medication.

Once you're diagnost as diabetic even with weight loss you'll still be diabetic. You'd have to loose a alot of weight for that to happen. You also have to eat right (not diet) as you have to maintain your sugar level. Having low sugar is just as bad as having high sugar levels. Make sure you limit your carbs and eat complex carbs with protein. Exercise after meals will help regulate your sugar levels. It doesn't have to be hard core exercise, walking will also help. However to loose weight, you'll need to do more than light exercise. Talk to a fitness instructor and get on a work out program.

My advise is to get your sugar levels under control first, then work on loosing weight. It's stressful to do both, especially if you're just starting out or have been just diagnosed.

Don't despair about being diabetic. If you eat right and have a healthy lifestyle, it's is something easily controlled.

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