Daily Piece: Can I lose weight while taking insulin?

Recently, a person with diabetes asked a great question, “can I lose weight while taking insulin four times per day?” Great question! I must be honest — while it is doable it can be challenging. So here are some practical tips.

Increase or begin to incorporate physical activity (150 minutes of aerobic moderate intensity activity (walking, running, cycling, swimming) and 2 days of resistance training at least 2 days per week) — warning, if you have been physically inactive for a number of years or have multiple chronic conditions, I recommend checking with your primary care provider or endocrinologist before starting physical activity. Once you have started, gradually increase your physical activity.

Moderating the amount that you eat (aka portion size) is key. I typically recommend keeping carbs at max of 3 servings per meal unless you are doing physically demanding work or training. Keep a food journal and incorporate principles of mindful eating. Request an appointment with a dietician to develop a customized eating plan that is just right for you.

While I know personally (as I have battled with my weight all of my life), it is hard at times but is doable. Do not go at alone — create accountability and seek our professional guidance (personal trainer or exercise physiologist, and dietician).

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