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FOODPICKER: Diabetes Q&A
Diabetes Q&A (Questions & Answers) allows people with diabetes to ask health professionals questions free of charge.

E-mail your diabetes related questions to:  diabetes@foodpicker.org

Q. How do I lose 60 pounds in 6 months?  What things should I be considering before going ahead?  Any info much appreciated.  I am very grateful for your help.  Thanks.

A. Its great that you are interested in reaching a healthy body weight. Those with a healthy body weight will have a reduced risk for diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease.

You will want to make sure you are eating a balanced diet with sufficient nutrients.

First, talk with your doctor about your weight loss goals and discuss how much weight your doctor recommends losing.  Ensure that you do not have any health issues that need to be addressed.  Also, discuss exercise with your doctor.

While it seems appealing to lose weight quickly, the general rule of thumb for safe weight loss is 1 to 2 pounds per week.

Here are some tips to help you with your weight loss:

  1. Increase your activity!  The more you move, the more calories you burn.  You might choose structured activities such as joining an intramural team sport or taking exercise classes.  Also, simple day-to-day choices increase activity such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, going for a walk instead of watching TV, or walking the golf course instead of using a golf cart.
  2. Cut out sodas and other sugary beverages.  These beverages pack a lot of calories without offering other nutrients.  Choose water or other low calorie, low sugar beverages (such as Crystal Light, etc.).
  3. Limit empty calorie snacks such as chips, cookies, cakes, etc.
  4. Get your whole family involved.  When everyone is eating healthy & exercising, temptation to overeat or choose empty calorie foods is lower.
  5. Increase your fiber intake.  Fiber is naturally found in grains, vegetables and fruits.  One of the benefits of fiber is that it helps to keep you full longer.

    Focus on whole grains instead of refined flour foods.  Choose whole grain bread over white bread, select brown rice over white rice, and choose whole grain cereal instead of sugar ones.  Include vegetables and fruits in your diet as snacks as well as part of meals (choose whole vegetables and fruits over juice).
  6. Include low-fat dairy products and lean protein sources.
  7. Watch portion sizes of high fat foods such as salad dressing.  Limit other high fat foods such as fried foods, butter, etc.

Stay motivated and remember it takes time to lose weight just as it takes time to gain weight.  You can do it!

Christine Carlson, MS, RD, BC-ADM, CDE
FOODPICKER® Nutrition Director


Previous E-mails to Christine (FOODPICKER® Nutrition Director)

A1c:  What should my A1c level be?

Acai Berry:  Is all the hype over acai berry for real, is it worth the high cost?

Alcohol:  Can I have wine with dinner?

Apple:  How many sugars are in an apple?

Carbohydrate:  Carbohydrate or calories?

Chromium:  Should I be taking Chromium?

Diabetes:  Can you reverse diabetes?

Diabetes:  Can you reverse pre-diabetes?

Dining Out:  We eat out a lot.  Could you give us some suggestions for Japanese and Chinese?

Dreamfields Pasta:  How does Dreamfields pasta count carbohydrates?

Fiber:  Which items are the best for fiber?

Flax:  Should I add ground flax seed to my meal plan?

Food Exchanges:  Can you explain food exchanges?

Frozen Shoulder:  Do my symptoms sound like frozen shoulder?

Fruit:  What is the difference between canned and fresh fruits?

Fruit Juice:  What can I drink instead of water?

Fruit Sugar:  Which fruits would be a better choice for me to eat?

Glucose Test:  My glucose tolerance test was at 105 - how high/low is that compared to acceptable levels?

Gluten:  Should I be eating gluten free products?

HFCS:  What's all the hype with High Fructose Corn Syrup?

High Blood Pressure:  What should I order when eating out to limit sodium?

High Blood Sugar:  My blood sugar levels have been running between 475 to 575.

High Cholesterol:  In addition to having diabetes I have high cholesterol.  What can I order?

Hunger:  What do you advise when I find myself, always, hungry and most of the time ravenous?

Margerine or Butter:  Why unhealthy margarine instead of butter?

Nuts:  What kind of nuts should I buy?

Olean:  Where I can buy Olean and what brands of food have it?

Pre-Diabetes:  What are Pre-Diabetes lifestyle changes?

Pre-Diabetes:  Newly diagnosed w/ Pre-Diabetes... where do I start?

Pre-Diabetes:  Do people with Pre-Diabetes have the same symptoms as those with Type 1 and Type 2?

Snacking:  How do I avoid overeating when I'm bored?

Stevia:  Are Stevia sweeteners safe for someone who has diabetes?

Sugar Alcohol:  What is the difference between sugar and sugar alcohols?

Tomatoes:  Will tomatoes cause an increase in blood sugar levels?

Type 2:  What should I do if I've just been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes?

Weight Loss:  How do I lose weight?

FOODPICKER® is a program designed to help people with diabetes make better food choices.  Our hope is that people consider the foods they consume and how they can burn them off with exercise for good health.  We embrace the guidelines put forth by the American Diabetes Association as well as the American Dietetic & American Heart Associations.  This website is completely free and brought to you by volunteers in the health care field.


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