Great 'bad news' there Verdesca! I just want to remind us all that people can be rather different in response to exercise and around weight (and blood glucose!) issues, and so on - what with body type differences and ethnic differences and so on. I did not concern myself with portion size, at all, when I lost the most weight (15-20 kg in 3 months), I concentrated on the quality of food, and was even eating a moderate (rather than low) amount of carbs (maybe around 100 g a day in hindsight). I have an athletic body type, so was able to walk a lot straight away, on diagnosis, even though I was a big girl (bmi of around 30-31), and develop the necessary musculature to walk even longer distances in a relatively short time. This is not true for everyone. A relatively high level of protein works well for me (i was using a paleo model of way of eating), but this does not work for everyone either. (And that is probably better for my muscles than for my liver/blood glucose - but I didn't know anything about that or about LCHF at the time.) But I could not have walked as much as I did and ate less. (This is still true for me today, with the wider variety of exercise and muscle building that I do.) I eat fantastic quality, and am grateful for this addition to my life, even if I had to get really sick to reach this level of eating fantastic tasting healthy food. But there is no way I eat less. (I currently have a bmi of 24, with obvious muscles.) What is so wonderful about this forum is it is diabetics talking to each other about what has worked, or not, or is enjoyable, or not, etc, for them in order for us to improve our health, and our lives. The beauty of the forum too is that once you get to know different posters, you can find ones who most closely fit your own profile, in terms of health, or lack of, and pay closer attention to those who most closely resemble you and see if what works for them also works for you. (Age, gender, activity levels, complications, HBA1c etc etc.) Or folk who are particularly inspiring, or just who you plain old like (or not!). I am not saying portion control is wrong, please note. Just that it is not important or necessary for everyone. It wasn't, at all, for me. It might not be for Richard077 either. Just a note though - when losing the 15-20 kg in a 3 month period, my triglycerides went mad and were so high at one blood test reading, the lab couldn't measure my cholesterol. No-one said why this was so at the time, but I have gathered since that it is what happens when your body is using up the fat stores - the fat is getting out of the fat cells and into the bloodstream, and will then be used up as energy - to feed the muscles doing all that walking, presumably. But there can be a super high triglyceride period. (The following one, after doing a 30 day Paleo diet experiment, no portion control, was the best lipids reading I have ever had, with a very healthy triglyceride level.) Just in case Richard, or anyone, is thinking about getting out there and beating the pavements and park lanes etc, as a way of getting healthier with diabetes. (Just be prepared for a temporary lipid abnormality if a big girl or boy.) Obviously, I highly recommend it. If you like the walking!