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My weight loss using a CGM (continous glucose monitor)

Sunday, February 07, 2021

Just a quick update (I have given information to my BLC team members, but not to the larger community). This is a shorter summary.

My DH and I have been using a CGM for a while now (4 months for me about 2.5 for DH).
-- DH's goal - to improve his labs (blood sugars and maybe cholesterol) which he has done incredibly in a very short time, by adding in a couple small changes, then a couple more as he learned more about how his body works. And he has lost about 10 lbs over 14 weeks (another 20-25 to go), tons better than working so hard and not losing at all.
-- My goal was to find insights to when my cortisol rises (I am not insulin resistant but have been tested with higher cortisol, I now call it cortisol sensitive because I over react to certain stimulus and my cortisol goes much higher than others would in the same situation. High cortisol, like high insulin, stores fat no matter how little you eat or how much you exercise.

My patterns are very different than most people so it took about 6 weeks to even see what they were (no weight loss yet). A couple small changes and after about 2 weeks I was losing weight daily for about 5 days, 2.5 lbs down. emoticon . But then it stopped and I had no idea what exactly had created the weight loss and could not get that pattern of regular weight loss going again. However, I didn't gain any of that previous loss (2.5 lbs) back, so that was good (these days I go up and down a few lbs but no real loss over time).

So I tried a small change, then tried another one, then another one.
It took a month and I was able to once more daily (or almost daily) lose weight.
And now I knew what caused it, I needed to keep my blood sugar quite low (under 80 was optimal).
I started losing weight regularly again. Not every day, but many days staying the same most other days.
I have lost 10 lbs in the last 21 days (I have more weight to lose so it makes sense I should lose faster right now).
I am still hitting days where I stall and don't lose weight for a couple of days, but so far I can get that weight loss going again by changing something.

There is no way I would have figured out what I have without using a CGM, to show me clearly what kicks up my blood sugars and what doesn't (and be able to tell when it is cortisol pulling up my blood sugars, not something I ate).
There is no way that DH would have figured out what spiked his blood sugar without having a CGM - the instant feedback he gets using LevelsHealth makes a huge difference for him. I have used just the CGM itself, the app is not nearly as good as the LevelsHealth so that a lot more effort has to be done to figure out results.
Note: CGMs have problems, they are made for diabetics and don't work as well people who don't get extremely high blood sugar readings, and there are some quality problems, but the information we have gotten, while not perfect, is invaluable.

You can read through my blogs, starting with and going forwards reading ones that talk about CGM / blood sugar to see what we use and how it has worked for us.
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  • 4CYNDI
    WOOHOO! Congrats on your success! Congrat to DH too. Glad you are figuring out what works for you.
    92 days ago
    emoticon It is sooo satisfying when you find the one thing that really works for you!
    You are patient, persistent, and doing so great!!
    92 days ago
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