Carbs, Fat and Diabetes


My biggest challenge since starting my new training regime has been changing the way I eat. Yes, the running has been hard (ran 19 mile yesterday) but I that’s that kind of hard I actually enjoy. Changing eating habits is hard and not fun at all.

I had my fourth meeting with my dietician last week. I’ve come a long way since I started seeing her five weeks ago. I eat after every workout – carbs and protein.  I also eat before or during long runs, and I’m eating 4-5 smaller meals a day. I’m running better, too.  I’ve learned that carbs are not only necessary before a workout but also after (and during a long run). The muscles need to replenish the stores of glycogens, and if you only eat protein the body will (in a not very efficient process) turn it in to carbohydrate instead of using it to build muscle.

But here’s the problem – I haven’t lost any weight.  In fact, I’ve actually gained a couple pounds.

Before getting weighed at the dietician’s I already knew I’d gained weight, since I weigh myself at least once a day (I know this is a little obsessive). The good news was that half of the gain was water meaning I’m drinking a lot – a conscious effort on my part. The bad news – some was fat.

The bottom line is that I’m not losing any weight and each pound I gain/don’t lose needs to run the marathon with me.

The reason for all this is simple. I’m still not eating the way I should be. I’ve increased my carbohydrate intake to fuel my muscles but haven’t been very good about cutting out the fat from my diet.

After being diagnosed with diabetes I tried to limit the amount of carbohydrates I ate. I especially tried to cut back on night time carbs. But veggies and protein didn’t satisfy. So I replaced the carbs with fat. I started eating more yellow cheese, beef, and fried food (not deep fried). I also ate a lot of veggies. This worked pretty well. I maintained my regular (pre diabetes) weight and my blood sugar control was pretty good too.

I thought this was a great solution. Until I realized not so long ago that I didn’t have the energy necessary to run. So now, for the past week I’ve been trying very hard to cut down on some of these foods. It hasn’t been easy. But I do think I’m feeling better. I still haven’t seen results on the scale but I’m sure I will if I keep it up.

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Catherine Price
12 years ago

Thanks Mari.

It’s true I lost weight during the off season, but i thought i would continue to lose some during training. I’m happy to hear i’m not alone in this.


Mari Ruddy
12 years ago

It’s very interesting to see your comments about losing weight while doing intensive endurance event training. From what I understand from the sports dietitian/diabetes educator Team WILD: women inspiring life with diabetes, is that weight loss and endurance training must be considered in “periods” (concept of periodization in endurance sports training is not new, you may have heard of it. It’s pretty cool.) Weight loss is best done in the “OFF” season, when all one is focused on is calorie reduction and low intensity and even lower duration activities. Our sports dietitian/CDE suggests during the weight loss phase of the… Read more »

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