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"Weight-loss vs. Fat-loss" : As a diabetic this is Something you should know

One of the largetst misconceptions created by the dieting industry is the term "weight loss". Losing weight does not necessarily mean that you are losing fat. As a diabetic, it's important for you to understand that "yes" many diabetics can manage their diabetes through diet and exercise but you must pay attention to losing fat weight not just scale weight. You see, many people who attempt to lost weight by severe caloric or food group restriction combined with an exercise program often sacrifice lean muscle along the way. With this, a scale loss would occur, but it is not a fat loss and can have a negative effect on blood sugar levels and metabolism. Many diabetics are in need of a body fat reduction, not simply a weight loss. Here is an important factor you should understand. Your total body weight is not important. What is important is how many pounds of your total body weight is coming from excess body fat. Body fat weight is the problem, not total body weight. I am not saying that a body fat reduction would not or should not result in a weight loss.....certainly for most it would. It's just important to understand that as a diabetic, your needs are more sensitive than others and attempting to "get in better shape" needs to be done in the healthiest manner that will support strength, energy, blood sugar and metabolism. As a Body Fat Reduction Specialist, Wellness Consultant for over 15 years, and daughter of a diabetic, I have come face to face with this. I have helped thousands of diabetics successfully reduce body fat and increase their lean body mass. One important factor to remember in the balance of all of this is that a diabetic nutritionist or counselor is not a body fat reduction specialist or fitness expert. Certainly, they have their needed place, but if you are attempting to better your health/fitness and lose unwanted body fat, you should consult with an expert in this area and combine that with what you already know from the experts you have already consulted with. Get your body fat percentage checked at your local gym or ask your doctor to refere you to someone. Work with a expert in body fat reduction and fitness, not just a weight loss counselor or program. Bottom line is if you have been told that you need to lose weight to manage your diabetes I hope that after reading this article you have gained a better understanding of what exactly that means and will pay attention to taking the right steps so you don't take any steps back!

Please feel free to connect with me at any time if you have questions.

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Y'know, Lesa . . . there isn't any "right or wrong" about managing our diabetes. Each of us must, and most of us HAVE, worked out regimens that work well for our individual needs. There are no hard fast rules for diabetics, whether it regards weight loss or anything else. We actually understand pretty well when crusaders come here determined to educate us about things that we already know more about than even our own doctors.
 

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Thank you for the reply Shanny.... I apologize if I came across as trying to be a crusader...it was not intended. I just wanted to touch on something that many do not realize about fat loss vs. weight loss. It has been over and over again brought to my attention by those I have worked with who are diabetic that this concept was not something they were actually aware of and it helped them a lot with their own efforts to manage diabetis. I have had positive feedback and many thanks from diabetics I have personally worked with and from the groups I have spoken with regarding this topic and have been asked to reach out and do more. I simply want to help with only those who may be confused or searching for clarity in the area of fitness and nutrition and certainly mean no disrespect to those who already have a balance and knowledge.

Thank you again.

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I cannot imagine that there are very many diabetics that dont already know that weight reduction will help them control their diabetes. It isnt exactly a new concept. You also assume all diabetics here are over weight...not true. What I think is important...is to find the diet, exercice, and medication regimen that works for *you* as an individual to get your blood sugar under control as quickly as possible. If you have weight to lose, it will come off as a result. Many "diets" that are designed simply for weight loss are not always good for a diabetic to control their blood sugar. Many of these diets are typically higher in carbs and low in fat....which is not the way to go if you are seriously trying to control your blood sugar with diet and exercise only.

Everyone is different and unique and not all answers are going to be right for everyone...just my humble opinion....
 

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Thank you onaughmae -

I fear people may be misunderstanding my message and that is not intended. I apologize. I do realize that diabetics understand that weight reduction will help control diabetis, and I was certainly not trying to imply that they do not. In working with thousands of diabetics....yes, I find that most are certainly aware of this concept. The message I was sending is regarding the difference between losing weight and losing fat, as I have also found that over the years this is not quite understood by everyone. Yes, diets designed for "weight loss" are not necessarily designed in the best interest of a diabetic....let alone, many are not well designed for general health to begin with....if you know what I mean. Certainly, as you stated everyone is different and what works for one doesn't always work for another. There is a lot to consider in the creation of a personalize fitness and nutrition program designed for the diabetic to reduce body fat and/or control blood sugar, maintain lean muscle and increase energy and it is certainly no intention of mine to try and conquere that with anyone through a forum chat. I simply want to inform diabetics who don't know the difference between losing weight and losing fat that it is not the same. My goal is that this knowledge may help one with their own individual goals.

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Lesa - thank you for your informative and helpful post.

As a newcomer to the world of Diabetes I've been surfing the internet looking for all types of information and support and this was most useful.

I worry from the previous responses you've had that you, or others, may hesitate in kindly posting such advice which as a newbie I have found very useful.

Thanks again,
 

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Hi JennyD - welcome to the forum!

Please note that the thread you posted to is 2 years old, and the OP has not been here since then.

I invite you to go to the Introduce Yourself area of the forum and tell us a little about yourself and your diabetes.

This thread is now closed.
 
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