Start Weight:(24 Mar 14) 172.0 lb
Current Weight:(23 Apr 14) 167.0 lb
Goal Weight:175.0 lb
following: The Paleo Diet
performance: gaining 2.3 lb a week

Type II diabetic since 1994. Weighed 255# in November 2011, just before my gall bladder quit on me. Lost 35# by restricting carbohydrates in the 5 months after my gall bladder surgery. Started Atkins in June 2012 to get some order in my diet and to try to stabilize my blood sugars, which had continued to fluctuate despite my self regulated restricted carb diet.

Three months into Atkins I had lost another 22#. Blood sugars are much better regulated now that I am consistently on low carbs. Also, have reduced my insulin requirement by appx 1/2. I credit Dr. Bernstein's writings for turning me around and Dr. Atkins for showing me the way.

One year on Atkins and I had reached my initial goal weight of 187#. I lost 35# on Atkins for a total of 70# lost since my highest in November 2011.

In September of 2013 I started the Paleo Blueprint as proposed by Mark Sisson. I was down into the 180's and wanted to get on a lifelong system of eating, exercising, and living that was healthy and sustainable. Paleo is all of that and more.

In February 2014 I started eating the SANE lifestyle, as in Jonathan Bailor's book, "The Calorie Myth." this method of eating follows most of the tenants of Paleo, but simplifies it by simply saying to cut out starches and sugars, then eat copious quantities of low glycemic veggies, get plenty of high quality protein and substitute high nutrition fats wherever possible. No counting calories is necessary.

Since March of 2014, my weight has stabilized in the 165 - 170 lb range (-90lbs). I can't ever remember being that low except maybe just after graduation from Basic Training. Size 32 trousers are loose on me and need a belt to stay up. I feel great and have a huge amount of energy and stamina. My daily insulin requirements are ~1/4 of what they were in 2011. I am off all my cholesterol, blood pressure, heart, asthma, and allergy meds. My blood test results continue to show excellent health.

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Type II for 20 years myself. On insulin for 16 of those. I lost 80lbs on LCHF and have kept it off, despite adding carbs in the form of low starch veggies. I cut my insulin requirements to 1/4 of what it was at my all time high. I found that cutting out all sugar and starchy foods was what worked for me. It was hard at first due to the addictive qualities of these foods, but eventually,the cravings went away and it is no problem anymore. I found that I couldn't follow any diet plan without writing everything down. It is very easy to over eat or eat the wrong things when you don't keep a diary. At least that is my experience.

Insulin causes fat to be stored, this is true, but for a diabetic, sooner or later taking it is a fact of life. The best control (therefore the least complications) can be achieved with multiple daily injections of long lasting and quick acting insulins. You can still lose fat while taking insulin, but you must continually strive to reduce the amount you use. Of course BGs must be maintained as close to normal as possible so LCHF is really the only way for a diabetic to get good results. By HFLC I mean in the under 30g/day range.

When the excess fat is lost, insulin resistance will decrease, total daily insulin will decrease, and losing fat will become easier. It took a year of close adherence to measuring, weighing, and tracking everything I ate, but now I am in the best shape of my life and have bountiful energy. It was worth the effort, and I only wish I had known when I was younger, how bad the Standard American Diet (SAD) was and how wrong the Gov't was with its so called Food Pyramid.

May I suggest reading Dr. Bernstein's books and listening to his monthly podcast for info on what a diabetic needs to do to deal with his or her disease. He is a bit fanatical in his regimen, but his results are undeniable. I use him as a base and modify his plan to suit my situation. Everyone is different, and should experiment to discover what foods do what to their BG's and overall health. Knowledge is power.
posted 17 Mar 2014, 14:38
Essential oils to aid in weight loss? Thought/opinions
Wow! I didn't know there were essential oils for the outside of the body. Been missing those for my whole life. Learn something everyday. Thank you.
posted 22 Feb 2014, 14:57
Essential oils to aid in weight loss? Thought/opinions
No need to purchase a special "product" to get your essential oils. Just substitute foods that contain essential fatty acids for ones that have un/less healthy fats. Oils of all kinds consumed with large quantities of starches will add to body fat, so beware of just changing one macro nutrient. Lots of non starchy foods with an adequate supply of high nutrient proteins and fats are the best recipe for long term weight management and overall health.

Starchy foods, especially wheat and sugar cause cravings. Cut those out and lose the cravings. Works for me (and many others).
posted 22 Feb 2014, 12:06
this is my first day back
Hi Patty,
Take a look at this video. My personal experiences jive exactly with it.
It may help you get on the right track.
posted 13 Jan 2014, 23:15
Medication Woes
Insulin and any of the Sulfonylureas do the same for me. Fortunately cutting way back on carbs to the Induction phase allows me to significantly cut back on one and eliminate all the others. Unfortunately, I can't cut back totally on all of them as, for me, protein still requires insulin.
posted 26 Aug 2012, 11:49
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23 April 2014

n=1 Test Great Low Carb Bread Company "Everything" Bagel 04/22/2014 Last food or insulin 6hrs ago. Consumed with meal of one 4oz Angus beef patty, 40g ...
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18 April 2014

I tested the Great Low Carb Bread Company (GLCBC) bagel last night. Though I can't testify to the BG effect, as my basal BG's have started running be ...
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