Hubby is T2 needs to lose weight, but what diet? Low carb, no carb, keto, Atkins, I am so confused…
My endo recommended weight watchers
A friend of mine was just diagnosed as T2 and she is trying to lose some weight. She started Metformin XR and worked with her CDE on a meal plan that allows 30g carbs per meal and 2 optional 15g snacks. She is also trying to get more exercise.
My son does very well on a meal plan similar to what @CatLady suggested. The only addition I would make is to measure when plating the protein to ensure your hubby isn’t overeating. i.e. focusing on carbs is not a open invitation to pig out on meat. If he only eats 100-120 carbs a day, and almost all of those carbs are from vegetables, then I am willing to bet your husband will lose weight assuming you keep the calorie count in the right range.
I would definitely recommend this plan over no-carb because you don’t have to cut out any foods, you just have to eat a very small portion of the carby foods.
A family friend was diagnosed about 3 months ago. She has gone to Pinterest to look for low carb, low fat recipes and has dropped 14 pounds in as many weeks. She also is the most headstrong woman I’ve ever met, so that certainly helps. In addition to organizing her diet, she has begun walking her dog twice a day to get in a little light exercise but is not interested in anything any more strenuous than that. She’s added Metformin and says she feels really good. If you would like me to ask anything more specific, I’m sure she’d be glad to share.
I have been type 2 for many years and have found that low carb does more than weight loss.
It also allows much better glucose control. I have reduced my A1c from 7.3 to 6.0 in the last three months simply by low carb. Also for me I have found that every gram of carbs I eat equals insulin I have to take. Low carbs have cut my insulin usage to less than half. If your husband is
not on insulin I believe low carb would help to keep him that way for as long as possible.
By the way I also lost 15 pounds.
@tduke, gratz on your weight loss and your BG control. Everything you have stated makes perfect sense since insulin is required to lower blood glucose levels and the fewer carbs you eat, the less your bg’s will go up which means the less insulin you will need. A low carb diet is definitely an option since insulin is certainly mandatory for each carb that you eat…and the more carbs that you eat, the more insulin the body needs to allow those carbs to be processed by the body.
Forgot to mention, no matter what you do, a scale will help calculate carbs immensely. We use our kitchen scale every day.