With my wedding less than two months away, I’ve been eating healthy, ramping up the workouts, and trying to get my body looking as healthy as possible for the big day. And I’m living up to every female stereotype right now because I’m “trying to lose pesky five pounds…” Yes, these are the same five pounds I wanted to lose for my 30th birthday…and every birthday before that since high school….it’s really just a perpetual five pounds that I somehow think is standing in the way of me becoming a supermodel. Digression.
A few of my girlfriends and I are all trying to firm up, so we started a text message chain to help keep each other motivated. A few weeks ago, both of them decided to do a three-day juice cleanse. I’d heard of cleanses before (side note: let’s get real here. A “cleanse” is just code for “I need to lose weight FAST.” The body is a good self-cleanser if you treat it right). When both of them lost “those last five pounds” by doing the cleanse, I was intrigued. Until I saw this:
This is the nutrition information from one of six bottles of juice you drink during the day. If you have diabetes, you know that’s a carb count you’d only drink if you were treating a low, not sipping for any kind of enjoyment. And notice that there’s two servings in that bottle for a grand total of 34 grams of CHO per “meal” or “snack”. That’s over 200 grams of carbs (translation: 20 units of bolus insulin) a day. I normally have about 60 grams in an entire day.
Herein lies the issue with traditional weight loss and Type 1 diabetes. The more insulin we take, the more our weight creeps up. It has always been a direct ratio for me. In fact, the last time I lost significant weight was when I was prepping for LASIK and had to have perfect BGs all week. I had almost no carbs for seven days. I had a flat line Dexcom, and an extremely flat tummy. Any time I have seen my total daily units go up, my weight has followed. So even though these cleanses work for weight loss because you’re only taking in about 1,000 calories a day, I’d be hard pressed to think they’d work for someone with diabetes because of the massive bolusing required.
Has anyone ever had success losing weight on a high(er) carb diet? And if not, does your weight correlate to your total daily insulin requirements? I’m interested to know your secrets….so I can finally get rid of these last five…once and for all!