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Old 01-29-2019, 15:39   #21
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I started on LCHF in May of 2015. I am 6'2" and weighted in at 320lbs, morbidly obese by definition. I started focusing on carb intake only to control my diabetes as my A1c was beginning to climb and more meds was not helping. I had thought I would get control of my weight problems, after I got my BS under control. I do not believe in dieting as I had tried many over the years. I always, in time folded on diets because of the cravings eventually breaking me down. My target has always been to never eat over 100 carbs a day...not as aggressive as many, but that is where I started, and that is where I have stayed.


I now weight 250, dropping 70lbs. since mid April of 2015. I have not been in a workout mode or any formal effort to exercise more. But, as I lost the weight, I naturally got more active including doing some harder physical work and play that I would have not done without the weight loss.


The first 50lbs. came off fast within 6 months! I was amazed how easy it was, as was my doctors. My overall health data improved dramatically and I had to get off of much of my medications, stopping some of it all together...


I have found that my weight loss has slowed, but I still am seeing a consistent loss of 1-2 lbs. a month. My last 3 A1c's have been 5.8, 6.2, 5.9...I have cut my blood pressure meds in half, as my BP was going to low, and quit statins and my Cholesterol numbers are great (except my good Cholesterol, because I am not working out). I had to get off my water pills altogether as they were causing me to have a form of Gout, as I did no longer need these pills either. It took over six months for my doctors to figure this one out.

Now that I have finally stopped my Gout attacks, I am swimming 30 minutes at the local YMCA 3 times a week. I am sure that in time I can accelerate my weight loss, although initially, as I rebuilt muscle I did see some minor weight gain...but based on my past experience in 90 days this will all be reversed.

Again, for me, diets don't work, counting caloric intake does not work as the metabolism is so complex that you cannot count on a predictable outcome. I think I am naturally dropping my carb intake, as I mentally and trying to improve my strength by exercise. This in turn will accelerate my weight loss once the basic muscle tone had stabilized. LCHF works for me....!

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Yesterday, I stepped on the scale, dressed in jogging pants and a tshirt.




This morning, I stepped on the scale in my birthday suitÖ




When I put on some jeans and a poloshirt, the scale went up 5 lbs.

That seems to be a lot of weight loss for one day, I canít think of any reason why this would happen. I drank 7 cups of water and donít remember going pee more than usual.

Iím suspicious that my scale might need replacing. When I first bought the scale, it would always report the same weight if I step on it several times in a row. This is normal for a good scale. If you weight is very similar to your last weight then it displays your last weight instead of your current weight, if that makes any sense.

Anyway, Iím suspicious because I am getting 1 or 2 different weights before it starts to report the same weight. This is not the way it worked when it was new.

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Give a new scale a shot, NSDad, but you could weigh the jeans and polo shirt to see if they get close to the difference between readings.

FWIW I've never been a member of the weigh-every-day-club for the same reason I don't sweat a small difference in BG from day to day. There could be lots of reasons it could have happened and it would take some time to figure out if I could figure out exactly which reason. Not to say you shouldn't do that; just that my discipline doesn't lean that way.

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I weigh myself every morning, I do this after going to the bathroom and I have the exact same close on every morning.

I fluctuate 4-5 lbs. any day, but over the long run of a month, I can see a clear trend...thankfully that is downwardly 1-2lbs. a month...


I did get a new digital scale in 2015....

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I been off insulin for almost a year, but I've been taking Janumet. I havent taken my janumet for about 3 days, and I'm still testing my BG at about 5.8 this afternoon.
I think I'm going to test two or three times per day, if I like what I see I think I'll continue to stay off the janumet. If I start to see numbers above 6, I think I'll imediately start taking a half dose and see where that takes me.

Does anyone know if there is a weight gain associated to metformin?

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I am sure there is someone who can gain weight regardless of what they are taking. Metformin is often prescribed for weight loss, I think there may be ample evidence that it will be more weight loss than weight gain associated with taking metformin.

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metformin is often prescribed for those trying to lose weight. That's great that you've done well without the janumet and if your BG continues to be low, you might do well with just the metformin.

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I hope you do well just on the metformin; as far as weight loss there will be some but do not get your hopes up. For myself, in the first year I lost about 6 pounds. Over a period of four years I lost a total of 20 pounds and that was following the diet from the diabetes educator.

Fast forward to Aug. 2017 and I go keto then the weight started to really drop fast.
Diet alone will help you lose weight faster than metformin. Metformin will help but only a small bit.

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It is good to know that metformin in a lose weight or no change drug. I just tested my BG and it is 6.3 which is a bit higher than I'd like to see it for a pre-meal reading.

I often experience dawn affect with my blood sugars, so I went for a walk this morning. I wouldn't mind so much if I saw 6.3 in the morning and then see it drop down for the rest of the day. Unfortunately that is not me.

I'm going to switch back to a half dose immediately and continue to watch my numbers.

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I've been tracking absolutely everything, I'm coming in around 2000cal with a keto macro profile that my phone app is already set up for. I'm not doing the full maintenance amount of 2900 cal. because I'm worried that my metabolism might be lower than that.

So for now,

1800-2000 cal, between noon and midnight.
Walking for 1 hour.

I've been 2 days at 340 lbs so maybe I overreacted when I was 348lbs. Regardless, I still want to see progress if that makes any sense.

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