I need to lose another 60+ lbs

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    Sep 23, 2012 6:32 AM GMT
    6'2 240lbs currently with a bunch of belly fat (don't have a measurement) type 2 diabetic.


    Any diet recommendations? I think I'd like to make a weeks worth of meals on the weekend maybe in the slow cooker and freeze and package.
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    Sep 23, 2012 12:20 PM GMT
    Intermitting fasting should work. It did (and still does) for me. ;P
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    Sep 23, 2012 12:36 PM GMT
    Type 2 "D"???...
    Stop late night eating..!!
    Everything in your stomach turns to sugar when you fall asleep!!...
    Thats the main reason type 2's gain weight so easily!!
    Take care of yourself!
    Hugz
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    Sep 23, 2012 12:40 PM GMT
    Being diabetic, I would talk to your doctor. In the mean while, cut back on carbs and limit meats...stick to fish and chicken now and then, lots of vegies.
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    Sep 23, 2012 12:50 PM GMT
    Our good friend has diabetes, though I always forget which kind, I'm forever getting the different forms confused. I do know he doesn't take insulin, but does have to control his diet carefully, and was overweight with a big belly when diagnosed, difficult to lose at 56.

    When he eats at our table we follow a general rule he gave us: serve nothing white. So no white rice, potatoes, white pasta, bread, etc. He can have some of those things if dark. And most portions are measured, an essential step, so we bought a countertop food scale just for him. My partner is the cook and knows the different food amounts for him.

    Using these 2 approaches, of food selection and portion control, he lost 70 pounds in 8 months, and has kept it off for nearly a year now. His diabetes is doing well, too. My partner also tried the diet, though not diabetic but just to lose weight. He had initial success, but lost ground due to lack of discipline, especially when eating in restaurants which we do a lot.

    I presume with diabetes you've been given a diet to follow by your doctor, and can find other suggestions online. I think measured portion control of the recommended foods by volume and weight can be your biggest aid, as our friend did, provided you don't cheat.
  • LJay

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    Sep 23, 2012 1:05 PM GMT
    OP, if your doctor has not sent you to a diabetes class, he should. If you have already done the class, then try carefully listing everything you eat for a couple of weeks and then taking the list to a nutritionist for evaluation. Of course exercise is a major factor. Sounds like you are doing something right. Keep at it.
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    Sep 23, 2012 1:19 PM GMT
    With your height and weight... my focus wouldn't be on "losing" weight, but converting your body mass to muscle.
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    Sep 23, 2012 1:23 PM GMT
    Making and freezing meals is a great idea.

    Congrats on your progress. You look great! Best of luck on the next leg of your journey.
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    Sep 23, 2012 1:36 PM GMT
    Drink plenty of water. No soda or other sugary beverages
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    Sep 23, 2012 1:47 PM GMT
    eat less
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    Sep 23, 2012 2:12 PM GMT
    With Type II DM, you need too have this discussion with a professional nutritionist or physician that can look at your complete lifestyle and habits and make the correct recommendations for you. Best wishes.
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    Sep 23, 2012 5:08 PM GMT
    JR_RJ saidWith your height and weight... my focus wouldn't be on "losing" weight, but converting your body mass to muscle.


    Adding to ones' lean body mass is a great idea. I always lift as heavy as possible, increasing the weights as much as possible while trying to keep best form, but I don't see as much success as I would like.

    Instead (actually in addition to that) I've cut carbs the second half of the day in order to get rid of that ab cushioning fat. The idea (as it was explained to me) is that the body needs something to burn that second half of the day and since it doesn't have the carbs it burns more body fat. It actually has made a difference when I actually keep to that carb cut.

    Also, don't forget to eat small meals throughout the day. If you starve your body it will produce fat as a natural defense mechanism.
    Good luck!
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    Sep 23, 2012 6:33 PM GMT
    calibro saideat less


    move more
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    Sep 23, 2012 6:46 PM GMT
    Is So Easy......

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    Sep 23, 2012 7:01 PM GMT
    Ariodante said
    calibro saideat less


    move more


    +1
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    Sep 23, 2012 7:10 PM GMT
    Sebastian2 saidIntermitting fasting should work. It did (and still does) for me. ;P

    wow I didn't know you were a diabetic too!
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    Sep 23, 2012 7:30 PM GMT
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    Sebastian2 saidIntermitting fasting should work. It did (and still does) for me. ;P

    wow I didn't know you were a diabetic too!


    I'm not, I fast 16-18 hours because the body burns fat for fuel when there is no food to burn for fuel.. I don't really like cardio so I find this more effective.
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    Sep 23, 2012 7:56 PM GMT
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    gaythlete said
    Sebastian2 saidIntermitting fasting should work. It did (and still does) for me. ;P

    wow I didn't know you were a diabetic too!


    I'm not, I fast 16-18 hours because the body burns fat for fuel when there is no food to burn for fuel.. I don't really like cardio so I find this more effective.

    Sex is great for burning your fat ;) hehehe
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    Sep 23, 2012 7:59 PM GMT
    mikeinslc said6'2 240lbs currently with a bunch of belly fat (don't have a measurement) type 2 diabetic.


    Any diet recommendations? I think I'd like to make a weeks worth of meals on the weekend maybe in the slow cooker and freeze and package.


    I'm 51 years old, 5' 10" 260 pounds. T2 diabetic for 5 years. I've lost almost 60 pounds in the last 6 months. Most of it just melted away when I finally embraced a healthier style of eating combined with going to the gym and busting my ass. Now it is much more work for far smaller improvements. What is really important is I no longer require insulin! My Blood Glucose remains in the normal, healthy range without the injections!

    I eat chicken and salad almost every day. I've had to find various ways to prepare it in order to keep myself interested. Oddly enough, I hardly ever crave the sweets anymore.

    My best suggestion to you is to focus on low carb options. At first it seems hardly palatable. But consider the alternative. If we (as diabetics) eat high carb foods on a consistent basis our bodies aren't able to process the carbs (at all, or as well) like those who are not diabetic.

    I cook up several chicken breasts, seasoning each one differently and store them in the fridge. I get bagged salad and spinach and throw together a salad and the chicken, and usually some other veggies like peas, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, whatever strikes my fancy. I'll toss in some seeds or nuts too, just for some textural variation. Of course there is almost always diced onion and tomato in my fridge. It only takes a few minutes to dice up an onion and a tomato or two and store them in plastic containers (the tomato starts getting questionable after a few days, so use it up!).
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    Sep 23, 2012 8:07 PM GMT
    mikeinslc said6'2 240lbs currently with a bunch of belly fat (don't have a measurement) type 2 diabetic.


    Any diet recommendations? I think I'd like to make a weeks worth of meals on the weekend maybe in the slow cooker and freeze and package.


    Cut out bread, beer, and pasta. I've had a lot of luck losing fat by cutting down to 100-150g of carbs, while mixing in 30 minutes of moderate to heavy cardio a day.

    Keep working at it man. You'll get there.
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    Sep 23, 2012 10:08 PM GMT
    A Type 2 diabetic may not be able to do IF because of low sugar levels. OP should check with doctor and nutrtionists to find out how long an IF he could do without having his blood sugar crash all together. I am doing a low-carb diet (I' m Type 2) and have seen great results from it combined with exercise.

    I don't think non-diabetics (unless they are qualified doctors or nutritionists) should recommend nutrition plans for diabetics. Just sayin'.
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    Sep 23, 2012 10:24 PM GMT
    Bags of frozen stir fry vegetables + boneless skinless chicken on a week night.

    Reduce the amount of processed food as much as you can. (I love white bread, white rice and still have a little now and then)

    Whole grains.

    Fresh vegetables.

    Lean & Very lean meats.

    Don't sweat using an ounce of ranch to dip carrots and celery in - I eat a pound of raw veggies every day and I'd puke it up if I didn't have an ounce of Ranch/Blue Cheese/Creamy Ceasar/Peanut sauce to eat it with.

    I learned how to make salad rolls today, so now I have a stash of veggies wrapped in rice paper. for on the go snacking.

    Top low fat cottage cheese with fresh berries. Or fruit canned without added sugar.

    Mix things up. Last week my "pound of veggies" included 'baby carrots', celery sticks, jicama, radishes and slices of apples and pears.

    Those apple core & slice things are worth every penny for packing lunches.

    Measure out things, a kitchen scale is totally worth it.

    Explore Indian food: Tasty Bite's come in packets - all vegetarian, and they even make packets of pre-cooked rice. dump them in a bowl and microwave them for a nice healthy change of lunch.
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    Sep 23, 2012 11:20 PM GMT
    Since you're diabetic, you owe it to yourself to see both an endocrinologist and a nutritionist.
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    Sep 24, 2012 2:43 AM GMT
    Thanks guys I appreciate your feedback, I'm going to do as someone suggested and start an exercise routine. I'm in communication with my GP re my diabetese, I'll make a point to see a diatician soon.

    I'm lucky enough to be able to eat things that I find tasty over and over again so I'll be looking for delicious slw cooker recipes (probably a lot of chicken and vegetables which I love anyway)

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    Nov 16, 2012 7:03 PM GMT
    Good luck ! stay healthy ! icon_smile.gif