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weightwatchers diet and low carbing...

Discussion in 'Weight Loss and Dieting' started by master mouse, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. master mouse

    master mouse Type 2 · Active Member

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    hi, I wondered if anyone else who is type 2 and on insulin and stizoglipin is also doing the weight watchers diet and trying to keep to low carb?is there anyone out there doing the weight watchers diet?I was recommended by my diabetic nurse after my doctor wouldn't send me to a dietitian.
    I started it a few days ago, and the only help given by my diabetic nurse is to try to adjust my insulin and go low carb. No advice on how to do it or how to adjust my dose...I have had 2 hypos in the short time I have been on it.Now I have had a panic attack as I live alone and was feeling so shook up by it.I only adjusted my insulin by a few units but think the hypos may be because I adjusted both at once instead of checking my long acting was right.
    I have been reading the booklet carbs count by diabetes uk and that seems to make more sense but am finding the working out the carb to insulin ratio confusing.
    would be interested in other people experiences and any help with my dose adjustment.How many carbs should I aim for on a low carb diet?I am feeling very overwhelmed and got a headache looking at carb count/calories/wwpoints and trying to tally them all together.Begining to think my life is never going to be normal and the diabetes is my life not me living my life with diabetes.
     
  2. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    I'm not a type 2 insulin user so will 'bump' your post up in the hope that others may reply.
     
  3. Christine1

    Christine1 · Member

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    Hi Mastermouse
    I am not following the weight watchers programme, but another one as I have nearly 5 stone to loose. However my diet is cutting out all the rubbish, wheat, gluten and is fairly low carb. I am on insulin Levemir split into two doses either end of the day and Novorapid injection before each of my three main meals.

    Like you I am totally overwhelmed about this carb thing, and although my mentor on the diet has told me to give myself some carbs e.g. pasta, I am still having hypos/sugar lows. Yesterday within and hour and a half i went from a reading of 8.8 to 2.7, and boy did I feel ill the rest of the day. During last week I had a sugar low most days.

    I am fortunate that I am meeting with a diabetic specialist nurse at my hospital and hopefully, but don't know when, the dietician.

    I have been diabetic type 2 for many years, and on insulin for around 10 years, but not a very well controlled or good diabetic. I have lost most of my eye sight to diabetic problems, and have at long last decided to "get my act" together. I don't want to stop the diet programme I am on, as it gives me exercise twice a week too, and I also love the new food and healthy way I am eating now, and I desperately need to get my sugars under control and also loose the weight.

    I wish you well and if I get any good tips re sugar lows from the nurse of dietician I will pass these onto you.

    My brother in law when he was diagnosed with diabetes, he too didn't have a very good doctor ...... he changed his doctor and changed his doctors practice and things are so much better for him.

    I wish you well. Take care
     
  4. hanadr

    hanadr · Expert

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    I'm a T2 on Metformin only and found Weight Watchers did not work for me. It's too high in carbs and they are difficult to avoid. It's basically a calorie counting low fat system. A WW point is worth about 50 calories.
    Hana
     
  5. donnellysdogs

    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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    I would never advise adjusting insulin by more than 1 unit at a time... Give it 24 hours and asjust as again by 1 unit etc. Not more than 1 unit at a tome unless you are more than 10bg on a consistent basis.......

    You have to pace your changes.. And changes in food... Otherwise you will not be making rational logical changes.
    The changes you make need to be suatainable... It is basically a change of lifestyle and eating patterns and habits... Not just a diet. What ever you do has to be a "happy for rest of living".... . NOT "a miserable till dying diet"....
     
  6. master mouse

    master mouse Type 2 · Active Member

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    thanks for your imput.. I managed to loose a pound and a half in my first week.I have been cutting down on my insulin and spoken to my diabetic nurse who advised me regarding exercising with insulin use. If I am under 8 I eat a apple before I go, and take lucazade with me if just going for a walk.(about 20 mins is all I can manage at the moment).I check before and after and an hour after exercise.Feeling slightly more on top of it this week.i was told to keep the long acting insulin the same and just adjust the fast,I am doing this very slowly and cutting back on my portion sizes and carbs.will let you know how I progress..
     
  7. master mouse

    master mouse Type 2 · Active Member

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    Hi,
    Thanks for that. Yes I am cutting back slowly and it is starting to become a bit more clearer what is happening,and how it all works....yes I am telling myself I am not so much on a diet but eating well and for my health and I am enjoying what I am eating..just is quite annoying as prior to having diabetes could eat anything and not really think too much about it.(was very active and fit). Take it one day at a time and learn from my experience.
     
  8. karenmc2

    karenmc2 Type 2 · Active Member

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    Hi master mouse
    I am type 2 on tabs and now victoza injection i am also very overweight disabled through a fall at work and now also have cronic depression it took me a long time to find a gp i could connect with i am gratefull to my gp he listens and has twice referred me to a dietician i dont think i would be here without his help please try and move to another gp even if u have to try a few like me dont let people bully u you are entitled to c a dietician its good when the goverment is telling u to lose weight but u cant get the help and support take care good luck
     
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