Your Questions About Weight Loss Plan For Diabetics

by Maricela on April 24, 2013

Laura asks…

Have you ever LOST pounds while pregnant on a gestational diabetes diet?

I just want to know if controlling my blood sugar and caloric intakeand not gaining weight while pregnant is still ok for my baby?
I am looking for personal experiences here, I’ve had three kids and this is my first case of diabetes-so please refrain from “ask your doctor” responses, I already know what my doc has to say.

Maricela answers:

If you were not at your healthiest weight when you got pregnant…it is normal to lose some weight or not gain some weight during your pregnancy. With a gestational diabetic diet, you might lose weight just because it is the healthiest diet you can be on while you are pregnant. In general, controlled diabetics who follow their meal plans are eating how the normal population should eat.

I had my son 2 1/2 years ago and I am a type 1 diabetic and was for 1 year before we conceived our son. I was a little lower than healthy weight when I conceived and was aloud to gain a little more but I was told that if I wasn’t at my healthy weight they would have concern of weight gain or consistent weight loss.

I think typically women who are happy about their pregnancy (gestational or not) may lose weight just because they are eating healthier for their baby.

I wouldn’t be concerned unless the ultra-sounds are showing a baby who is significantly underweight or underdeveloped. I imagine you will be seeing a Perintologist soon or already have and they are the key in detecting possible problems for your baby.

Just stick to your diet plan; gaining 15 lbs during your whole pregnancy is healthy, for someone who is at a healthy weight. And remember that doctors are crazy about avoiding malpractice suits, and if you don’t like your doctor find another.

Good luck and congratulations!

John asks…

Which is better Weight Watchers or for meal plans and weight loss?

I need to lose at least 50 pounds. Should I join Weight Watchers or Which one is the best? Does Weight Watchers offer Vegetarian meal plans?

Maricela answers:

*I don’t know which is better, but at least you can buy Weight Watchers meals in Walmart Super Centers. Just came from there and happened to notice them.
You could go on a diet for diabetics. It really tells the the good things to eat, plus eat in moderation. I am on one right now with my hubby. He has to loose and I could stand to get rid of some extra pounds that I gained when I stopped smoking. Whatever you decide, I wish you luck!

Helen asks…

But, I read an article that there is a “factor” that is in the coffee to help cure diabetes?

I read it from the link, and I forgot it, that there it is possible that coffee can be one of the remedy for diabetes, of course with the absence of sugar.

Maricela answers:


While you can ‘fix’ the early/beginning stages of diabetes (such as insulin resistance and others), once you have the full onslaught of diabetes you must continue to manage it throughout your life.

While studies have shown that drinking coffee can help lower the risk of getting type 2 diabetes, they didn’t state that it cured it. The second group of studies showed the caffeine in coffee may play a role in weight gain and hinder a diabetics weight management program. Caffeine is also shown to increase the blood glucose in diabetics. That’s why it’s not good for full on diabetics to drink highly caffeinated drinks.

I don’t know if this will help you on your coffee drinking experience, but it’s had a great track record. Skinny Coffee is certified low glycemic by the GRI (an essential key in proper diet plans) and has been proven to be fat burning. It contains buffered/blunted caffeine so it doesn’t work against the body’s weight or glucose levels. Some of the reports have come in saying their customers have seen results on their preexisting weight conditions such as hypothyroidism and even diabetics are finding great results in regards to the lowering of their blood sugar levels. This might be an option worth looking into if you are trying to lose weight or are looking for ways to control your blood sugar levels.

Regardless, if you’re looking to manage diabetes and are unable to switch your coffee brand or would rather not give up your morning fling with your coffee cup it is suggested first to use low glycemic and non-cephalic sweeteners and creamers to give you a healthier cup altogether that will help aid in weight loss. Any artificial sweetener will work against your diet, whether it’s zero carb or not (scientific link to new studies below).

Hope this helps and we wish you the best.

Warmest Regards,
Authentically A.


Daniel asks…

Is slim fast good for pre diabetics in helping to lose weight?

Maricela answers:

One can of Slim-Fast “Creamy Chocolate” has 34 grams of sugar. As a pre-diabetic, you have trouble metabolizing carbohydrates. Sugar is a carbohydrate. Slim-Fast is only going to raise your blood sugar and stimulate your pancreas to produce more and more insulin, which will in turn contribute to weight gain.

A low-carbohydrate diet is not only good for blood sugar, but also for weight loss, especially in a person with insulin resistance. Do yourself a favor and ditch all the conventional diet methods like Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, and Slim-Fast. These diets are really not made for people like us. We have an extra special set of dietary needs that are rarely addressed by any prepackaged diet plans.

Linda asks…

Any tips on weight loss for Insulin Dependant diabetics?

I’m a 23 year old Insulin Dependant diabetic, and I find it really hard to lose weight. If I exercise my blood sugar levels drop which means I have to eat more, and the only way to combat this is to eat before exercise which means I’m taking on extra calories to burn! I also can’t switch to a lower carb diet because I have to eat slow release carbs to get energy. I don’t want to lose a lot, just a few pounds ready for summer, but I’m finiding it hard to shift them!

Maricela answers:

The best thing you could do for your body is to abide by a whole foods, plant based diet. Eliminate all forms of refined foods, and, yes, insulin diabetics can enjoy great health benefits from a vegetarian diet. Did you know there is more protein in a cup of broccoli than a slab of chicken?
Try steaming a sweet potato for lunch, along with a salad. Try a handful of almonds for a snack, try reading my favorite health book, “The China Study” and see if you can possibly even lower your insulin level with this plan!
I have seen it work!
Good luck!
Here’s to your health!

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