Just like everyone else out there I am trying to lose some weight and get into better shape. I would like to lose about 30 pounds over the next few months and I seem to have a hard time staying motivated and fighting cravings for carbs. This probably sounds like the story of everyone else trying to lose weight but I think diabetics face a tougher challenge because when we get lows we tend to want to eat everything in sight. So cutting out lows helps but sometimes you just cant avoid them. I also find that I have cravings when my levels are normal as well, so I have tried a couple of products to cut out the cravings. Some worked for a little while and others did not work at all. I also needed more energy which will help me actually get out there and work out or go for a run. After searching for some products that can assist me with this I decided to go with Hydroxycut Hardcore. I was a little worried at first because diabetes is one of the medical conditions that is listed on the back of the bottle and the bottles of similar products. I figured I would start off slow (1 pill twice a day for about a week) and then monitor changes, sugar levels and how I feel. So I did that for about a week and then bumped it up to 2 pills twice a day. Now I really started feeling good, lots of energy, metabolism was definitely way up and I was finding that I was using less and less insulin. Furthermore I did not have the cravings that were there before.
Now I am up to 3 pills twice a day trying to work out (lifting and/or running intervals) at least 3 times a week, 4 or 5 times is my goal. I am eating grilled chicken wraps (wheat and Spinach wraps) and smoothies like they are water. I bought a little blender and keep some bananas and strawberry's on hand at all times. I am drinking about 3 of these a day and there are a ton of different types you can make if you aren't a big fan of either of the fruits I use. I figured they are cheap, they go great together and I like them separate as well, so one day I can make banana smoothies and the next day make strawberry smoothies. When I want a change again I make a strawberry and banana smoothies. I have lost about 7 pounds in about 3 weeks, I was hoping to lose it at a faster pace but I can't get too picky, I just need to find what works and stick with it to maximize my results.
So to wrap this all up and clear up any questions on taking Hydroxycut with diabetes, I am sure the effects will vary in different people and you should always at least talk with your physician before hand. I am a healthy male and still fairly young so I was willing to take the chance. What I found in myself was that my metabolism increased significantly allowing me to cut back on the amount of insulin I was taking. I made no adjustments to my basal rate just less when I bolus. (more info on these two terms below) Now I am well adjusted and comfortable at the 3 pills twice a day dosage. I have plenty of energy throughout the day and don't have the cravings I had in the past. I am able to eat smaller meals that are healthier and not always crave something more. I feel great and hope to continue to lose another 25 to 30 pounds. I would be glad to answer any questions or hear comments from anyone using similar products.
Update: Additional Findings When Taking Hydroxycut
Here are some additional findings we have noticed when taking Hydroxycut:
- I have definitely plateaued when taking this pill and other diet pills so the effects aren't as strong
- I don't notice as much of an energy increase when taking the pill either but the effects on the metabolism are still there so be careful with giving yourself too much insulin
- If you're a coffee drinker, you will want to cut out all coffee as I had some really bad episodes where I felt like I was going to puke if I took these pills within an hour or two of drinking coffee. Any additional caffeine should be out of the question.
- Taking these pills and working out or being more active is a "double whammy" so be cautious of your levels before working out and even during, this took me some time to adjust to.
- Lastly, always consult with your physician if you notice anything abnormal