It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Diabetes Message Board

Weight Watchers Or Plain Old Calorie Counting????

Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10-08-2008, 01:45 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 21
orbchaser HB User
Weight Watchers Or Plain Old Calorie Counting????

Hi I'm diabetic and need to lose 100 pounds. I saw something on a diabetes website that says to eat between 1600-2000 calories a day if you're a large woman trying to lose weight, and it tells you how many servings from each food group to eat. Should I do that or do WW? My endo wants me to eat no more than 1200 calories a day, which is INSANE and I just won't do it. Any advice? Also, I have an appt for a consultation for the lap band procedure. Is it true that if a person is diabetic that the lap band won't work??

Sponsors Lightbulb
Old 10-08-2008, 04:41 PM   #2
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Orwigsburg, PA, USA
Posts: 454
tfkeel HB User
Re: Weight Watchers Or Plain Old Calorie Counting????

I am not myself a candidate for lap-band or any bariatric surgery, my excess pounds are not enough and besides, if I am really religiously strict about my diet and sugar control, I will lose weight anyway.

The thing to remember about bariatric surgery is that it doesn't do anything which you cannot do without the bariatric surgery. It is also not a panacea for overweight. I know several people who had these procedures and some of them have actually, after about 3 years, started to gain weight again.

You can have bariatric surgery and go on a steady diet of ice-cream and milkshakes and high-caloric foods which require little digestion in the stomach and actually consume MORE calories per day than you did before the surgery.

Weight Watchers is a GREAT approach to losing weight. The diet is balanced, their portions are reasonable, and it is a terrific support group setting with people to encourage and edify each other through the difficult process of weight reduction. For these reasons, I recommend it highly....

I also agree that someone who is 100 pounds overweight, and diabetic, will have EXTREME difficulty sticking to a 1200-calorie diet. I think you are going to find yourself being ravenously hungry. At your current weight, it is likely not necessary to be so parsimonious....I am thinking a 1600 calorie or maybe higher may be, at this time, quite adequate to lose..... as you near your ideal weight, though, the reduction will become necessary to make your weight-loss continue. It is a function of your body weight, how much caloric intake is required to keep your weight where it is. Any "loss" of these calories, and you will burn your own food stores for energy.

One thing that will help you tremendously with weight-loss, and diabetes, is to limit your carbohydrate intake. High blood sugar makes me hungry. I feel much more satisfied if I keep my sugar levels controlled well.

The other thing that "works" is exercise. It not only burns calories, but it makes your body-mass-index lower, this essentially is the ratio of fat to muscle in your body. Muscle burns more calories in metabolism than fat.

It is more difficult, bariatric surgery or not, for a diabetic person to lose weight than a non-diabetic. The mechanisms of metabolizing food are interrupted and shorted in diabetes. I have never heard it said that it "won't work" for diabetics....

Last edited by tfkeel; 10-08-2008 at 04:47 PM.

Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
weight loss questions kmchugh Weight Loss 6 02-17-2010 11:07 AM
whats the best, most sensible way to lose weight without going to the gym? mattuknorth Weight Loss 7 02-27-2007 03:21 PM
1200 vs 1500 calorie diet.. which will u lose weight with more fast? Junior77 Weight Loss 14 01-05-2007 11:03 AM
I Cant Lose The Weight! anonymous08 Exercise & Fitness 4 08-27-2006 12:34 PM
Has anyone had success on the weight watchers diet? powda87 Diet & Nutrition 8 02-05-2006 02:17 AM
Childhood weight issues... ImTheLucky1 Weight Loss 20 11-30-2005 07:08 AM
Weight watchers good or bad isillyme Weight Loss 15 09-26-2005 08:18 PM
Keep gaining weight MydeadSea Weight Loss 18 04-10-2004 12:25 PM
Weight loss made simple: A statistical analysis of my weight program stabmaster Weight Loss 0 08-30-2003 10:40 PM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:51 PM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
© 1998-2018 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!