Maintaining Weight

David Mendosa Health Guide July 26, 2007
  • A friend asks me how I am going to keep off the weight now that I've reached my goal of a body-mass index (BMI) of 23. It's a tough question.I wonder if I can hold my weight steady, especially if and when I stop taking Byetta or one of the other GLP-1 mimetics that certainly will be coming. M...

34 Comments
  • Gretchen Becker
    Health Guide
    Jul. 27, 2007

    I think most people do regain at least a little weight when they reach their goal.

     Maybe the solution would be to go 5 or 10 pounds below your goal. Then you could regain that amount without worrying.

     

    The problem, of course, would be if you got into the habit of doing whatever it was that made you regain that 5 or 10. 

  • Anonymous
    Todd29
    May. 24, 2009

    Diets and diet aids do not help anyone.  The only way to successfully lose weight and get the body that you want is by using the right information.  This information can be found in the book Lose Weight Using Four Easy Steps which can be ordered through the website www,bbotw.com  Everyone who has gotten a copy of this book is now healthier.

  • Evrita1
    Aug. 16, 2007

    I have been taking Byetta twice a day since January along with 2000 mg. of metformin.  I have lost about 40 pounds and my latest A1C was 5.1, down from 6.1

     

    I asked my endocrinologist if I could lower the dosage of metformin and he said that it was helping with the weight loss and I should continue taking Byetta and metformin.  My bmi is...

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    I have been taking Byetta twice a day since January along with 2000 mg. of metformin.  I have lost about 40 pounds and my latest A1C was 5.1, down from 6.1

     

    I asked my endocrinologist if I could lower the dosage of metformin and he said that it was helping with the weight loss and I should continue taking Byetta and metformin.  My bmi is 24 and I am a 60 year old female.  I am 5ft.10 in. tall and I cannot lose much more weight.  I am wondering what the future will bring if  I continue with these medications.

    My appetite is basically non existent.  At times I miss a dose of Byetta and it doesn't seem to change the amount of food I consume or desire.  I doubt that this would be the case if I stopped the Byetta entirely. 

    When I began taking Byetta, I inquired how long I would need to take it and the doctor replied, "Forever".

    My sugar levels were not extremely high but were consistently 140-150.  I controlled them at first with a modified Atkins regimen called The Carbohydate Addict's diet formulated by the Hellers. 

    At thet time, I did not even realize I was diabetic.  I lost about 20 pounds and although I was not thin, I was happy with the results.  It was an easy diet to follow.  I wonder if it would prove to be a good maintenance regimen.

    Numbness in both feet was my wake-up call that I was really a Type II diabetic.  My younger brother has had amputations as a result of diabetes and I became very proactive about it.

      As time went on, the sugar levels crept up to the 150's and I started the metformin.(500mg)  When I went to the endocrinolgist he upped the dosage to 2000.  After about 6 months, I asked for Byetta and it has worked wonders.

    I guess I'm wondering will the weight loss stop and also will I need so much medication?  Perhaps a solution is to go to 5mg of Byetta as a maintenance dose. 

     

    Thank you for your information about Byetta.  I have you and a friend who got your newsletter to thank.

    I am thrilled about the weight loss but even more that the sugar levels are "normal".

    What is your feeling about the high metformin dosage and how will you determine whether you can stop the Byetta?

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Aug. 17, 2007
      Dear Evrita,

      You made a point (or two) that I completely agree with that "At times I miss a dose of Byetta and it doesn't seem to change the amount of food I consume or desire.  I doubt that this would be the case if I stopped the Byetta entirely."

      Like you, I do wonder how much you need to take metformin now. Your A1C is excellent and your weight...
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      Dear Evrita,

      You made a point (or two) that I completely agree with that "At times I miss a dose of Byetta and it doesn't seem to change the amount of food I consume or desire.  I doubt that this would be the case if I stopped the Byetta entirely."

      Like you, I do wonder how much you need to take metformin now. Your A1C is excellent and your weight loss is also great. Yes, metformin does help some people to lose a little weight, but not much, certainly not like Byetta can. I can't give medical advice, so all I can say is to talk with your doctor again. Perhaps your doctor will let you cut down gradually on your metformin dose. 
  • Anonymous
    cathy
    Aug. 03, 2007

    exercise is the key!  Not just the more vigorous exercise of a brisk hike or fast walk, but taking every opportunity you can to move every day.  I'm a runner, but I still take a 10-30 minute walk around lunchtime (whatever I can fit in), I walk my dog in the evening and I do strength training at least 2 days a week while I watch TV in the evening. ...

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    exercise is the key!  Not just the more vigorous exercise of a brisk hike or fast walk, but taking every opportunity you can to move every day.  I'm a runner, but I still take a 10-30 minute walk around lunchtime (whatever I can fit in), I walk my dog in the evening and I do strength training at least 2 days a week while I watch TV in the evening.  The reality is we were designed by nature to be very physically active creatures.  Since it doesn't just come "naturally" in our high tech, modern world, we must build it in deliberately.  Good Luck!! Another big help is to focus on caloric density of foods - fill your plate with low caloric density foods (vegetables for example) and still enjoy your favorite high density foods in smaller amounts.  Give your self a "break" as well.  Have that piece of cake now and then and enjoy every bite.

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Aug. 04, 2007
      Dear Cathy,

      You are so right! Thank you. As natural as walked and hiking and running is it doesn't come "naturally" to us with all the labor-saving devices (health-ruining devices) that we have.
  • Pam Cobo
    Aug. 02, 2007
    Great comments. I was diagnosed with Type II in Feb 2003.  I weight 195 lbs.  I weigh 125 today.  I lost 70 lbs by walking and dieting.  My beginning A1C was 13.2 it is now and has been for several years, 5.5. My diet of choice is "Volumetrics".  Dr. Barbara Rolls of Penn State is he leading proponet of this dietary lifestyle. ...
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    Great comments. I was diagnosed with Type II in Feb 2003.  I weight 195 lbs.  I weigh 125 today.  I lost 70 lbs by walking and dieting.  My beginning A1C was 13.2 it is now and has been for several years, 5.5. My diet of choice is "Volumetrics".  Dr. Barbara Rolls of Penn State is he leading proponet of this dietary lifestyle.  Basically, I create high volume (translation = big bowls) of food that is low in calories and glycemic friendly.  The large volume appeals to the brain, the mouth and the tummy.  You feel absolutely full.  This satiety keeps me from "cheating".  Also, snacking is critical.  The well timed apple keeps the snickers bars at bay.  Good luck to all!
    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Aug. 04, 2007
      Dear Pam,

      Good for you and thank you. I have been meaning to read Barbara Rolls's but, and now I definitely will.
  • Anonymous
    Patio
    Aug. 02, 2007

    There are some new things I've added that are making my maintenance successful:

     

    Dr. Judith Beck's new book, The Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person, which is fantastic for cognitive training.  It's a six-week program for your thinking and has been key to staying on track.

     

    And I like my 3 S's: ...

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    There are some new things I've added that are making my maintenance successful:

     

    Dr. Judith Beck's new book, The Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person, which is fantastic for cognitive training.  It's a six-week program for your thinking and has been key to staying on track.

     

    And I like my 3 S's:  Soups, Smoothies, & Salads.  I fill up on these to keep satisfied.

     

    And my favorite new twist before bed:  a double serving of diet Jello with two tablespoons of lite Cool Whip on top.  It's filling and satisfying for bedtime.

     

    Good luck and CONGRATULATIONS on your improved weight and health!

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Aug. 02, 2007
      Thank you. I will be sure to get that book, which I didn't know of before you wrote.

      I especially like your recommendation for salads and soups. They are a big part of what I eat too. But I wonder about the smoothies. There is new research, which I may write about and in any case could send you if you email me privately, that shows that our bodies are terrible...
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      Thank you. I will be sure to get that book, which I didn't know of before you wrote.

      I especially like your recommendation for salads and soups. They are a big part of what I eat too. But I wonder about the smoothies. There is new research, which I may write about and in any case could send you if you email me privately, that shows that our bodies are terrible at feeling satiated from what we drink. 
  • Anonymous
    Lily
    Aug. 02, 2007

     

    I am 70 and sedentary. I lost 10 pounds last month. Here is how.

     

    If it tastes good spit it out. Big Grin

     

    8am  eat a huge breakfast eat till you are comfy, not stuffed. Milk

     

    10am have a piece of fruit or juice

     

    Noon eat something... I like one bread with peanut butter and honey or no- sugar jam or jelly.  Milk

     

    2pm fruit or juice...

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    I am 70 and sedentary. I lost 10 pounds last month. Here is how.

     

    If it tastes good spit it out. Big Grin

     

    8am  eat a huge breakfast eat till you are comfy, not stuffed. Milk

     

    10am have a piece of fruit or juice

     

    Noon eat something... I like one bread with peanut butter and honey or no- sugar jam or jelly.  Milk

     

    2pm fruit or juice of veggies

     

    5pm meat starch veggie and milk. About the suggested diabetic protions.  If eating out take at least half home with you and eat it for your next meal.  If you are from the south eat it for your next several meals. Tongue

     

    Bedtime usually about 10 have a snack

    I like cereal with fruit.

     

    You can always eat more if your tummy is not comfy.  Remember it is hard to uneat.Sleep

     

    My snack of choice is Beef Jerkey which is waaaay too salty but all protein and low in calories.

     

    Try to keep reg hours and sleep as much as possible and for goodness sake LAFF as much as possible.

     

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Aug. 02, 2007
      Dear Lily,

      Thank you for your excellent suggestions! You remind me to be more dilligent about using a doggie bag at the restaurant. I also especially like what you write about not being able to uneat something!
    • Anonymous
      Lily
      Aug. 02, 2007

      Upon review the most important thingy I wrote is the suggestion to LAFF as much

      as possible, or at least grin. As soon as I can get my eyes open in the AM I smile

      at myself in the mirror. Shudders.Grin

       

      By the By I do not use and "diatetic or

      diabetic" food. Whole milk. If I do not

      grow my own veggies I use frozen. I love

      the frozen stir fry mixes. ...

      RHMLucky777

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      Upon review the most important thingy I wrote is the suggestion to LAFF as much

      as possible, or at least grin. As soon as I can get my eyes open in the AM I smile

      at myself in the mirror. Shudders.Grin

       

      By the By I do not use and "diatetic or

      diabetic" food. Whole milk. If I do not

      grow my own veggies I use frozen. I love

      the frozen stir fry mixes.  With raspberry

      vinegarette, the gourmet style as it has no unnatural additives. Sneaks a peek at the clock to see if it is Noon yet...nope drat the luck and resigns myself to drooling for an hour.Wink

    • Anonymous
      Lily
      Aug. 02, 2007

      Upon review the most important thingy I wrote is the suggestion to LAFF as much

      as possible, or at least grin. As soon as I can get my eyes open in the AM I smile

      at myself in the mirror. Shudders.Grin

       

      By the By I do not use and "diatetic or

      diabetic" food. Whole milk. If I do not

      grow my own veggies I use frozen. I love

      the frozen stir fry mixes. ...

      RHMLucky777

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      Upon review the most important thingy I wrote is the suggestion to LAFF as much

      as possible, or at least grin. As soon as I can get my eyes open in the AM I smile

      at myself in the mirror. Shudders.Grin

       

      By the By I do not use and "diatetic or

      diabetic" food. Whole milk. If I do not

      grow my own veggies I use frozen. I love

      the frozen stir fry mixes.  With raspberry

      vinegarette, the gourmet style as it has no unnatural additives. Sneaks a peek at the clock to see if it is Noon yet...nope drat the luck and resigns myself to drooling for an hour.Wink

  • Anonymous
    Kat
    Aug. 02, 2007
    I have been on Actos and wondered why it was so hard to keep tabs on weight. Now I know -- as for keeping it under some control, I eat 35-40 carbs per meal and exercise. I had better success keeping the weight coming off rather than maintaining when I was on 750 mg. of Metformin at night and 7.5 mg of Actos in the morning. When my doctor changed my Metformin...
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    I have been on Actos and wondered why it was so hard to keep tabs on weight. Now I know -- as for keeping it under some control, I eat 35-40 carbs per meal and exercise. I had better success keeping the weight coming off rather than maintaining when I was on 750 mg. of Metformin at night and 7.5 mg of Actos in the morning. When my doctor changed my Metformin to 500 mg. I began gaining weight even though diet hadn't changed. We are going to address the Actos this check-up. I also drink 6 glasses of water a day. I agree also, I weigh every morning and adjust my diet accordingly. It is an uphill ( or upscale) battle, but worth the trouble. Thanks for your wonderful blog and insights!
  • Anonymous
    j welch
    Aug. 01, 2007
    Hi David
    I have maintained my weight loss for 6 yrs..you are not wrong with the immediate corrective action approach..it is fairly easy to lose 3 lbs and a lot harder to lose 10.. I don't weigh every day, but I try to adjust my eating for a week or so if  I feel it is creeping up.  Another good thing to do is if you do start gaining, wear tight uncomfortable...
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    Hi David
    I have maintained my weight loss for 6 yrs..you are not wrong with the immediate corrective action approach..it is fairly easy to lose 3 lbs and a lot harder to lose 10.. I don't weigh every day, but I try to adjust my eating for a week or so if  I feel it is creeping up.  Another good thing to do is if you do start gaining, wear tight uncomfortable unflattering clothes for a few days, that way it seems a more pressing problem and can't be put off till "next week",
    believe me, with the use of a full length mirror, this tactic is surprisingly effective!
    Jillian
    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Aug. 02, 2007
      Dear Jillian,

      Your keeping your weight off for 6 years is inspiring to me! Thanks for your message. I love your "pressing problem" approach!
  • Anonymous
    Khurt Williams
    Jul. 31, 2007

    Dave,

    I am Type 1.  I get spikes (150-200) 2 hours after a meal and lows (37 - 70) just before each meal. I have tried adjusting my insulin dosing ( I am on Novolog and Levemir) but so far nothing has changed.

     

    Someone recommended that I go on a low carb diet to control my BG but when I do low carb I lose weight due to the significant reduction in calories. ...

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    Dave,

    I am Type 1.  I get spikes (150-200) 2 hours after a meal and lows (37 - 70) just before each meal. I have tried adjusting my insulin dosing ( I am on Novolog and Levemir) but so far nothing has changed.

     

    Someone recommended that I go on a low carb diet to control my BG but when I do low carb I lose weight due to the significant reduction in calories.  I would eat more fat to raise my calories but then my cholesterol would rise.  As for eating more protein.  I do not appreciate the typical American diet for giant steaks etc.

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Jul. 31, 2007
      Dear Khurt,

      Why not follow the low-glycemic rather than the low-carb diet? When you eat low-glycemic carb foods you can get your carbs with much less of a spike. You might want to check out the many glycemic index articles I have written at mendosa.com and here.
    • Anonymous
      Khurt Williams
      Jul. 31, 2007

      Dave,

      Thanks for the info. I will check out your site.

  • Dr. Frank Varon
    Health Pro
    Jul. 28, 2007

    David,

     

    Now that the Byetta and new eating habits have you at the level that allows you to be more functional in everyday living.  This is a great moment and I am very sorry that your wife cannot be there to share it with you.  Keep in mind to do what you feel is right with regards to your eating habits.  You are also in a part of the country...

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    David,

     

    Now that the Byetta and new eating habits have you at the level that allows you to be more functional in everyday living.  This is a great moment and I am very sorry that your wife cannot be there to share it with you.  Keep in mind to do what you feel is right with regards to your eating habits.  You are also in a part of the country that has many areas to hike and enjoy the great outdoors.  That should be the greatest reward for your efforts. In addition try and avoid some of the "foods" that tend to drive increased food intake.  Please see my recent blog entry on soda pop.

     

    Frank Varon DDS

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Jul. 28, 2007
      Dear Frank,

      Thank you. At least my wife lived until I could tell her that I had reached my original weight goal of a normal BMI. And yes, I am fortunate to live so close to the mountains and in fact spent four glorious days in Rocky Mountain National Park this past week. 
    • Dr. Frank Varon
      Health Pro
      Jul. 29, 2007
      It's been a few years since I did some hiking in the mountains and it is a wonderful source of emotional renewal. FV
  • Anonymous
    DAR
    Jul. 27, 2007

    I understand Byetta is a different kind of med, but I stopped taking all meds in January (metformin and a generic statin).

     

    I'd been eating low carb for 4 years and had lost about 50 lbs, but after stopping the meds, I watched my carbs (and where they came from) even more closely (similar to Dr. Bernstein's plan).

     

    My A1c...

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    I understand Byetta is a different kind of med, but I stopped taking all meds in January (metformin and a generic statin).

     

    I'd been eating low carb for 4 years and had lost about 50 lbs, but after stopping the meds, I watched my carbs (and where they came from) even more closely (similar to Dr. Bernstein's plan).

     

    My A1c went from 5.8 to 5.0, my triglycerides dropped from 170 to 60, and I lost about 15 more lbs, putting my BMI just under 23.

     

    I wasn't hungry; I had plenty of things to eat that didn't raise my weight and BGLs. It IS possible to lose weight and control BGLs without (or with fewer) meds. It just takes a commitment to eating fewer carbs and kinds of carbs than you might like.

     

    My meter is my guide. I record everything I eat and what my BGL is 2 hours later. If my BGL is over 100, I don't eat that food again. My goal is to keep my BGLs at a truly nondiabetic level of around 85 at all times.  It's a lofty goal, but one I'm willing to work toward.

     

    I know you can do this, too, David! You are a great inspiration to others and I hope you can inspire them to lower or get off meds completely. Good luck! 

     

     

     

     

     

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Jul. 27, 2007
      Thank you for your encouragement to show that it's possible! I note particularly your point that you watch what you eat an record your blood glucose levels two hours later. In that regard, I absolutely forgot another thing that I just started doing in the last two hours -- I just got training on a continuous blood glucose monitor and just started wearing...
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      Thank you for your encouragement to show that it's possible! I note particularly your point that you watch what you eat an record your blood glucose levels two hours later. In that regard, I absolutely forgot another thing that I just started doing in the last two hours -- I just got training on a continuous blood glucose monitor and just started wearing it. It takes 2 hours before it can be calibrated and I haven't even been wearing it that long. It is complex, but I am sure that it is going to help me a huge amount to control my A1C, weight, and everything concerning my diet. I will, of course, write about it hear as I get experience with it.
    • Anonymous
      DAR
      Jul. 27, 2007

      I can't wait! My dream is to have a continuous monitor so I know exactly what I'm doing to myself instead of just hoping I'm catching the peaks...

       

       

  • Anonymous
    Luke Leaman
    Jul. 27, 2007
    David, have you considered lifting weights to keep the metabolism up and to keep the weight off?  Also, I was wondering why you consider your BMI to be important.  It was my understanding that people realize that the BMI is not a great indicator of health and that bodyfat percentage is a much better indicator.  I am a strength athlete and a physique...
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    David, have you considered lifting weights to keep the metabolism up and to keep the weight off?  Also, I was wondering why you consider your BMI to be important.  It was my understanding that people realize that the BMI is not a great indicator of health and that bodyfat percentage is a much better indicator.  I am a strength athlete and a physique competitor with a BMI of 31.7.  I am considered "obese" by this measurement, although I am less than 6% bodyfat.  I was curious about your thoughts regarding this subject.  Thank you!
    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Jul. 27, 2007
      Dear Luke,

      Good point! I do lift weights already and should have mentioned that.

      As to the BMI it is completely relevant to me -- unlike to you -- because I am not heavily endowed with muscles. Here is what I wrote about it in my forthcoming book:

      The body mass index or BMI is a new term to many people. However, it is the measurement of choice for many physicians...

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      Dear Luke,

      Good point! I do lift weights already and should have mentioned that.

      As to the BMI it is completely relevant to me -- unlike to you -- because I am not heavily endowed with muscles. Here is what I wrote about it in my forthcoming book:

      The body mass index or BMI is a new term to many people. However, it is the measurement of choice for many physicians and researchers studying weight. BMI uses a formula that takes into account both a person’s height and weight. It works well for just about everyone except for children or body builders and others who are unusually muscular. Websites like nhlbisupport.com/bmi/ make it easy to figure out your BMI, but you can also calculate it without a computer. Here’s one way:

                  Multiply your weight in pounds by 703.

                  Divide that answer by your height in inches.

                  Divide that answer by your height in inches again.

       

      The body mass index isn’t perfect. It is a quick and dirty tool that any of us and our doctors can easily and inexpensively use. But it doesn’t predict body fat with complete accuracy. That’s not the point. The point is that a high BMI is an estimate of body fat measured indirectly. The estimate isn’t too good for three groups. For children we need to use a different formula. And for muscular athletes the BMI can lump them into the overweight or obese categories even though most of their extra weight is lean muscle, not fat. Also, some people who score in the healthy BMI area may have a high percentage of body fat and therefore a slightly higher health risk. Nonetheless, if you are an adult who is not particularly athletic, a high BMI needs to be a call to action.

    • Anonymous
      Luke Leaman
      Jul. 27, 2007
      ;-)   Thank you, cleared up completely!  On a side note, I have recently found hiking to be very enjoyable.  Other than playing sports, I loathe aerobic and cardiovascular work, but I have found a passion in outdoor hiking and even walking on a treadmill when the weather here in Texas does not permit.  Do you use hiking poles? ...
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      ;-)   Thank you, cleared up completely!  On a side note, I have recently found hiking to be very enjoyable.  Other than playing sports, I loathe aerobic and cardiovascular work, but I have found a passion in outdoor hiking and even walking on a treadmill when the weather here in Texas does not permit.  Do you use hiking poles?  A few days ago I was considering purchasing a pair to try to intensify my outdoor activity.  What is your opinion of this?
    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Jul. 27, 2007
      Dear Luke,

      I do indeed use hiking polls. I use Leki trekking polls. Now, I wouldn't consider hiking in the mountains without them. For many years I used a bamboo poll. Then about 5 years ago, when the poll finally gave out, I started to use a single walking staff. But the two Leki polls are the best ever: much safer and help to build up upper body muscles...
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      Dear Luke,

      I do indeed use hiking polls. I use Leki trekking polls. Now, I wouldn't consider hiking in the mountains without them. For many years I used a bamboo poll. Then about 5 years ago, when the poll finally gave out, I started to use a single walking staff. But the two Leki polls are the best ever: much safer and help to build up upper body muscles a bit too. I am already planning an article about them in a month or two. Please let me know your experience if you get the Leki polls or another brand. 
  • Karen LaVine
    Jul. 27, 2007

    I think the big question is this:

    What causes GLP-1 deficiency? I'm sure there are researchers right now working to find the answer. Is it a local effect, in intestinal the L cells, of generalized mitochondrial dysfunction throughout the body? Is there an ingested substance(s) that interferes with signalling to the proglucagon gene? (maybe partially hydrogenated...

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    I think the big question is this:

    What causes GLP-1 deficiency? I'm sure there are researchers right now working to find the answer. Is it a local effect, in intestinal the L cells, of generalized mitochondrial dysfunction throughout the body? Is there an ingested substance(s) that interferes with signalling to the proglucagon gene? (maybe partially hydrogenated oils, or a type of AGE, or fructose?) I believe the answer to this question will help guide you very specifically as you continue to maintain your weight loss and consider tapering off Byetta. In the meantime, monitor weight daily, avoid partially hydrogenated oils, fructose and AGEs, get in benfo and plenty of other antioxidants in fresh foods and keep on hiking! (you might want to try some cross country skiing this winter?)

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Jul. 27, 2007
      Dear Karen,

      I appreciate your suggestions. Except for the cross-country skying I am following all of them. So I will especially consider it, although I haven't skied since I was 8!
      In the winter I have been working out on in the fitness center on the treadmill, which is certainly not as much fun as being out in nature.
  • Scott Johnson
    Jul. 27, 2007

    Hi David,

     

    I've been a big fan for a LONG time, and am very proud of you and am inspired by your journey.  Thank you for sharing.

     

    Way to go!

  • Monica Cohee
    Jul. 27, 2007

    David,

    I am sure that you will do just fine.

    I am sure you have created new healthy eating habits. And look at all the exercise that you do.  And it is awesome that you have reached your goal BMI. If your appetite returns you have learned new skills to assist you in this journey to not overeat or eat the wrong things.  

     

    Maintaining weight loss...

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    David,

    I am sure that you will do just fine.

    I am sure you have created new healthy eating habits. And look at all the exercise that you do.  And it is awesome that you have reached your goal BMI. If your appetite returns you have learned new skills to assist you in this journey to not overeat or eat the wrong things.  

     

    Maintaining weight loss has always been a problem for me too.  I have been up and down all my life, since 11 years old.  I believe there has to come a mindset that we can't go back to our old eating habits even when our appetite returns we have to take control of what we put in our mouth.  No one else can do this for us.    

     

    I too long for that day to be off of Byetta and maintain the weight loss I will achieve.  My weight loss is slow but I am pleased and the biggest thing is my FBS readings are awesome. 

     

    Your FBS readings, that in itself should be exciting to you.   This is a daily walk with hills and detours but you are an overcomer that has climbed high and will continue to climb higher on this journey.

    You can do this!Big Smile

    Be Blessed!