This is sort of my last resort. I figure that because I'm type 1 diabetic, my body doesn't lose weight the same way a non-diabetic's would. I'm assuming that is why as long as I'm on insulin (um, the rest of my life), I will be unable to lose weight.
I have tried everything. I know we hear that a lot, but really. I have.
Diabulimia (unwittingly)- I simply didn't take care of myself. Didn't check sugar, guessed at carbs, etc. Um, not healthy. I grew up and realized I wanted to live a long life. So that was not an option and luckily, did not last long. Unfortunately, it was the happiest I've every been as far as my weight goes. Go figure. (No pun intended).
Weight Watchers- Worked up to a certain point, but I was unable to reach the number I wanted to. It was around this time I began to realize that if I was taking less insulin, I would lose weight. (Yeah, I know. No brainer).
Exercise- Gym membership. 5-6 days a week (yes, really). Did this for 3 months. Minimum of 1 hour workout (elliptical, treadmill, weights) on each gym day. I actually gained weight! Watched what I was eating. Experienced a few lows, but never over-treated. I tracked every dang thing I put in my mouth! Was eating 1300/day and not cheating! I got very frustrated at this point and decided to see a dietician.
Dietician- She told me I wasn't eating enough and bumped me up to 1500/day. I gained more weight. My RN decided to test my thyroid. Found that I am starting to show signs of hyperthyroidism. RN said you only gain weight if you overeat. I DON'T!!!!!!!!!!!
Low Carb- Okay, I admit I haven't been following Dr. Bernstein exactly. But I have cut back on carbs. Over the course of 2 weeks, I have been eating less than 100 gms of carbohydrate each day. I am working on my basal rates so I don't get lows and need to eat more.
Here's the thing: I am 29. My husband and I are starting to talk about conceiving a baby. My doctor would prefer that I lose a few pounds before I get pregnant so that I can gain a safe amount during the pregnancy. I need to lose 10-15 lbs (like everyone else, right)? I want to know what type 1s have done (SPECIFICALLY with insulin) to lose weight. Obviously the above things are not working for me, though I will continue to try the low carb. How much insulin do you take each day? How much and what do you eat? PLEASE!!!!