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all_praise 06-05-2013 02:18 PM

What works? Going crazy with options.
I am going crazy. There are so many options when it comes to weight loss. Is there anything that works for everybody that everybody can do no matter their situation/circumstances?

I am a type 1 diabetic, but keeping my blood sugar level is really my only concern. I've read up mostly on atkins and paleo, but gosh, idk what to do. I understand restrictions, but it is true of all diets that once you mess up with a fast food meal or some sugary snack "food", you pretty much have to start all over again? I am not a patient person, and nothing seems to fit me/my lifestyle.

Is it really that everybody has to try everything to see what works best for them? Surely not. I sure the heck am not going to waste 10 years trying to find what works for me. Somebody has to know something.

I like the idea of paleo, except the no dairy stuff. I like atkins, but don't want to have to worry about counting/measuring, etc. (I've already asked on another thread about how can a person lose weight while consuming a lot of calories, be they from protein/fat or whatever. Supposedly, the ground beef/mushroom/cheese dish I had for breakfast was 1050 calories.) See? Too much confusion. Any help/suggestions? Again, not to be rude, but I am not patient and am somewhat selfish - I can read your story on your page. Not here. Thank you...very sincerely.

carolynnq 06-05-2013 05:49 PM

I like the South Beach Diet. It's a low-carb diet. Basically, it's cutting out/drastically reducing your consumption of sugar and white flour, and reducing your consumption of foods high on the glycemic index. There's no calorie counting, so it makes it easy to integrate into your life.

My mother was a Type II diabetic. I was using the SBD when she had a stroke and came to live with us. I fed her the same foods I was eating. At her first check up with her doctor, her AC1 level was in the normal range for the first time - and she was able to cut back on the amount of insulin needed. At her second check-up, her AC1 level was at the low end of the normal range and her doctor said I should try to get it up a little.

The book is an interesting read. The first part of the book is about the science behind the diet - but it's easy to understand. The diet itself is very simple. The first two weeks is a bit hard. You're supposed to eat only proteins and vegetables to break the carb-craving cycle. After that, fruits and whole-grain carbs are added in.

There are lots of diets out there that people have had good success with. I think it's just a matter of trying one and seeing if it works for you - both in terms of accomplishing any short-term goals and being one that you're happy to live with.

anneblytheshirley 06-05-2013 11:52 PM

Honestly, I think to lose weight effectively, most of us have to accept that measuring and counting is part of it. The reason that so many people put on weight isn't that their food is terrible, it's because their portions are ridiculous. The meal you had was probably fine by itself, but needed smaller portions.

So regardless of what "diet" you choose ... you'd probably have the best luck if you accepted the necessary lifestyle change of measuring your portions first. Good luck with your journey either way.

Kathy13118 06-06-2013 05:13 PM

What all diets have in common (whether they want to admit it or not): eat less and move more. Even if you don't move more, 'eat less' will do it all for you.

People can tell anecdotes (I have a million of 'em, and I've heard at least a million of 'em....) but they are all about how they ate fewer calories. Sometimes they can simply move more but that involved becoming so much MORE active than they are right now, most people don't stick with it long enough to appreciate that fact.

Built 06-06-2013 05:23 PM

What's already been posted is truth. "Starting over" just means you pick yourself up where you are and keep going. Nobody eats perfectly. In fact, I think it's a challenge to's about lifestyle change rather than lose and go back to the old way of eating.

With that said, I've been eating Body For Life plan since 2002 (NOT perfectly) and find it very do-able.

Best of luck!

LMB2011 06-06-2013 08:20 PM

As a type w diabetic, I understand keeping your blood sugar level with in what's normal for you. That's why I was surprised to see you ask if it's really about everyone trying things to see what works best for them. The truth is yes. It really is finding what works for you and what doesn't. Does your community have any programs available that you could participate in that focuses on nutrition? I took a class that was offered in my community and it has helped me. The big things I learned is that keeping a food diary plays a big part in keeping me on track of how much I really eat and before I eat something, I have this little voice in my head that screams, what do you think your health coach would say to you about eating this or that.

Robingen 06-06-2013 11:52 PM

I think that the first thing you need to do is a self-assessment.........and ask "why am I struggling with my weight?" Everybody's story is different, everything from emotional eating to poor scheduling to too busy or lazy to work out. Until you know what your issue is you cannot find a plan to address it. Sometimes the issue is attitude, such as for example, a lack of patience. If you don't address the real issue you will fail (give up) over and over again.

Kwest85blue 06-08-2013 05:12 PM

type I diabetic here. for over 21 years now, I'm 28
for me, a lot of these "fad" diets cause my blood sugars to be crazy even if i'm counting carbs. For the most part I try to eat clean, organic vegetables, organic raw nuts and seeds, organic quinoa for grain, I do eat organic eggs, and organic lactose free milk, or organic coconut milk with my coffee, I eat organic turkey burgers, or organic gluten free quinoa burgers. For the bread part of the sandwich, I do use the Julian Bakery Paleo bread, because it is such high fiber, and gluten free. ALso each slice is only 40 calories. Its not cheap, but it is worth it. I usually buy it at local Hy-Vee grocery stores.
I noticed if I don't eat white sugar and white flours, I'm good and my blood sugars are very stable. I do absolutely love to bake, so I use low glycemic organic sweetners like agave nectar, coconut nectar sugar, or honey.

Hope this helps, but don't hesitate if you have any more questions, i'm always willing to help if I can.

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