Your Questions About Weight Loss Plan For Diabetics

by Maricela on January 6, 2013

Daniel asks…

What is a healthy alternative to Coffe Mate?

Ok, i’m trying to cut my calories, and I’ve done a pretty good job, but coffee in the morning is difficult to give up. The only thing I’ve ever had in it is coffee mate. I just can’t seem to get the same great taste out of the syrups and cream etc. Do I have to give up my beloved morning brew to loose weight?

Maricela answers:


Most people don’t know, but coffee in and of its self does cause fat storage on a molecular level. It has nothing to do with calories, but the triggers that food and drink switch on that cause the body to begin storing fat and producing insulin. The research on it is in the link below.

If you are truly worried about cutting your calories, and don’t want to give up your coffee (we don’t blame you) you may want to look into BSkinny, or Skinny Science Coffee.

I don’t know if this will help you obtain the goals you are looking to reach, but it’s had a great track record. You might try drinking the fat burning coffee in place of what your currently drinking to help get an edge on meeting your goals.

Skinny Coffee has been proven to be fat burning and is certified low glycemic by the GRI (an essential key in proper diet plans). Some of their customers have called in saying they’ve seen results on their preexisting weight conditions such as hypothyroidism and even diabetics are finding great results in regards to their blood sugar levels. This might be an option worth looking into if you are trying to lose weight and are worried about your blood sugar.

If you are unable to switch coffee brands, it is important that you use low glycemic and non cephalic creamers and natural sweeteners in your coffee that aid in weight loss. Any artificial sweetener will work against your diet, wether it’s zero carb or not (scientific link to new study below)

We wish you the best.

Warmest Regards,
Authentically A.


Donald asks…

Is there a good Weight-Loss Diet program for Type I Diabetics?

I am a 23-year-old Type I diabetic, and though not overweight, I would like to lose a few unneeded pounds. As you may know, the use of insulin often negates weightloss efforts, and I have struggled for some time now to get back to my “ideal” weight. If anyone can recommend a good diet program or even throw out some suggestions of how to combat this problem, it would be greatly appreciated!!

Maricela answers:

Even type 2s on insulin have a very hard time keeping unwanted pounds off. I was the original skinny minny when the doctor decided I needed to take insulin injections along with my oral meds.

I follow the South Beach phase 2 food plan. I follow it pretty religiously too. And have for the best part of 10 years because it is very low carb and you can tailor it to fit your needs.

Contrary to popular opinion, it and Atkins are NOT high fat or high protein food plans!!! They have sensible serving sizes and the choice of foods is great. You do not HAVE to buy specialty foods on either one.

If you eat sufficient saturated fats and sufficient protein, you will be fuller faster so more sated and not want or need as much of the carb stuff.

This study was with type 2 people, but same works for type 1.
And this is from Livin LaVida Low Carb blog:

Just count carbs very carefully, medicate only enough, and get movin!!!

Susan asks…

Does anyone have a diabetic & High Blood pressure meal plan for the week?

My mother just came to live with us and she has Type 2 diabetes and High Blood pressure. Her body swells too when she is upright for more than a few hours.
She is currently on medications and is also overweight.
I know we can change this by diet and exercise, but I need help.
I really think I need to get her on a better diet and watch her sodium too.
Does anyone have any weekly meals plans, recipes, etc?

Maricela answers:

Diet does not actually have that much of an impact on blood pressure.

On the other hand, diet does make a huge difference in the management of diabetes.

A truly diabetes-friendly diet is a low carb diet.

Please do not use anything labelled ‘diabetic’ unless it is also labelled ‘low carb’.

Carbs are what raise blood sugar, so diabetics should severely limit their carbs.

Recipes that are low in fat but high in carbs are NOT diabetes friendly. The vast majority of ‘diabetic’ recipes are in fact high in carbs and will raise blood sugar.

Google low carb diet for helpful suggestions. But basically you are looking at combinations of protein and non-starchy vegetables. For example, salmon in dill sauce with cabbage and peas (no potatoes); roast chicken with carrots and broccoli (no potatoes or rice), pork chops with zucchini and cauliflower (no starchy veg).

BTW, I myself have both diabetes and high blood pressure, neither of which is treatable with weight loss nor diet. And believe me, I have tried. My blood pressure is currently in excellent control (100/65 last time it was checked) with a cocktail of pills. The best dietary intervention for Type 2 diabetes is a low carb diet.

Thomas asks…

What can I do to lose weight fast? Are diet pills bad for me?

I’ve been trying to lose some weight, but have not been able to. I’ve also tried diet pills and they don’t work. I eat right. Could it be my age?

Maricela answers:

You are not violating the laws of physics. The reason that you are not losing weight is that you are eating as many calories as you are burning. To lose weight, you must eat less than you burn.

I lost 65 pounds in the last 13 months. Here’s my method. Calculate your target weight for every day and write it on a calendar. I lose five pounds per month, so I subtract one pound each six days. Weigh yourself every morning. If you are over your target weight, eat less and exercise more that day. That’s it! No calorie counting; no food weighing. Just eat a balanced diet.


Ideal body weight calculator for children and adults:

Experts recommend, “Slow and steady weight loss. Depending on your starting weight, experts recommend losing weight at a rate of 1/2 to 2 pounds per week. Weight loss may be faster at the start of a program.”

And, “Men and very active women may need up to 2,500 calories daily. Other women and inactive men need only about 2,000 calories daily. A safe plan is to eat 300 to 500 fewer calories a day to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week.”

This web site from the National Institutes for Health tells how to take charge of your weight:

Calorie Needs Calculator:

This page explains how to eat a balanced diet for different calorie levels. Although this page is intended for diabetics, this is the same balanced diet that is recommended for everyone. Http://

A healthy exercise program addresses all five aspects of physical fitness: aerobic endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, and body fat composition.

Suggested workout to accomplish this.
Five to seven days per week:
>Yoga, 20 min, 8 to 10 postures that work all major muscle groups
>Brisk walk, 30 min, walk two miles
Every other day, two to four days per week:
>Weight training, 20 min, one set of 8 to 12 repetitions of 8 to 10 exercises that work all major muscle groups

Exercise Recommendations for People Aged 18 to 64

Do both aerobic activities and strengthening activities.

Aerobic Activities
• Do at least 10 minutes at a time.
• You can combine moderate and vigorous activities.
• Slowly build up the amount of time you do physical activities. The more time you spend, the more health benefits you gain. Aim for exercising twice as long as the minimum times below.
• If you choose activities at a moderate level, do at least 2 hours and 30 minutes a week.
• If you choose vigorous activities, do at least 1 hour and 15 minutes a week.

Muscle Strengthening Activities
Do these at least 2 days a week.
• Include all the major muscle groups such as legs, hips, back, chest, stomach, shoulders, and arms.
• Exercises for each muscle group should be repeated 8 to 12 times per session.

From the U.S. Federal government:
Also see: explains how to design a healthy workout, gives directions for specific exercises, explains how to stay motivated, and much more. Http://

You may find it motivating to compare your progress to the fitness standards of the U.S. Military:

Michael asks…

I have a question about weight loss and diabetics?

I am a type 1 diabetic who is in desperate need to lose weight and control blood sugars, my dietician instructed me to eat whole wheat, fruit, lean meats, and vegetable without exeeding my daily carb intake over 130grams per day. Can I lose weight by following this plan and exercising 10miles a day? The meals will be disbursed by 3 main meals and 3 snacks!!!

Maricela answers:

Yes you can lose weight following this plan. Watch how much fruit you eat because it does have a natural sugar in it that can raise your blood sugars also. It’s usually a small orange, half a banana, 15 grapes., and whole wheat is better for you, make sure you read ingredient list to make sure it is whole wheat and not wheat flour. The better you eat now and exercise the better you will do in the future. I am type 1 and have been for 20 years, but now I have high cholesterol to worry about too. Not fun. So eat right, exercise, and take care of your sugars now. Keep working with your dietitian.

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