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Freestyle Libre as a dieting aid

Discussion in 'Weight Loss and Dieting' started by LittleGreyCat, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. LittleGreyCat

    LittleGreyCat Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    OK I'm spraying this all over the Fora but I thought it sensible to put an entry in each major category to aid those who only look at a specific forum.

    I've been a long term LCHF dieter with strong attempts to stay in ketosis.

    However for several years I have continually struggled to get and keep my weight at or below 12 stone.

    Two weeks with a Freestyle Libre strapped to my arm and I find that it acts as my conscience and tells me what is really going on with my BG levels 24/7.

    Through taking notice I have lost 5 lbs in two weeks and hopefully will lose a bit more over the coming weeks.
    The whole thing has been relatively painless as well, which suggests my previous problems have been mainly in my head.

    So I would now recommend a Libre or two if you have a long term stalled weight loss campaign.
    If, of course, you can afford to self fund.
     
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  2. Larissima

    Larissima Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    This is something I am considering, but I'm still unclear about how I can obtain a Libre without prescription. Can you please explain, or point me to a relevant thread? I'm T2D and have never had ordinary strips/meter from my GP.
     
  3. HSSS

    HSSS Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Head to a local chemist or pharmacy and ask to purchase one. They may need to order it and price varies considerably between about £45 and £65 even different branches of big chains. Asda and Superdrug are often well priced. As a diagnosed diabetic you are entitled to buy it vat free. There may be a form required to declare this for the shop to provide HMRC. You also need either a libre reader or a compatible mobile phone. Iphone 7 and higher work. Not sure which others. It needs “near field something” maybe NFC??
     
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    LittleGreyCat Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Samsung Galaxy 5 works.
    NFC = Near Field Communication (IIRC).
    Basically you get the App running then tap the back of your phone against the top of the reader.
     
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    Goonergal Type 2 · Moderator
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    You can also buy the reader and sensors on Amazon. Join the Abbott mailing list too.
     
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    Knikki Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    @LittleGreyCat out of interest how have you lost the weight with Libre?

    Are you trying to keep you BSL below a certain level?
    Is it because you are trying to remain in ketosis?
    Is it because you are seeing things that you used to eat causing a rise and now avoid eating them?
    Or more exercises?
    Oe combination of the above or something else?
     
  7. LittleGreyCat

    LittleGreyCat Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Mainly seeing the effect of things I used to eat, and when I think "Oh, just this once a little bit won't hurt!" computer says NO!

    Edit: I am addicted to Leffe Belgian beer. However that sends my BG into orbit. An occasional bottle of IPA beer from Lidl doesn't seem to.

    I can see a blip when I eat a single apricot, but not a big one.

    I haven't dared try any bread related products yet.

    This is the voice of the Mysterons.......
     
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  8. Larissima

    Larissima Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks everyone, I will have a look in my local Asda when I come back from holidays. I just checked my phone and it has the NFC feature.
     
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