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timetochange said on 10 March 2012

As a type 1 diabetic diagnosed 40+ years ago, I am now in my 50s finding it even more difficult to keep my weight in check . I have always been told to eat carbohydrate regularly and the NHS weight losing advice is to base meals on starchy carbohydrates. My diet has always been good, I do not eat sugary foods and would struggle to eat less than 10 veg portions a day. I rarely eat meat but do eat fish and regularly eat meals with pulses as the source of protein. Basically I followed all the NHS healthy eating rules, doing in excess of 10,000 steps a day. Still my BMI showed in the overweight range. About 8 months ago I read a comment on this site from a contributor who disagreed with your advice on basing all meals on starchy carbohydrates. I read what they had to say and did some more background reading and decided to change my diet to drastically cut down on the prime carbohydrates that had become one of my basic foods. I no longer eat bread and eat very small portions of either rice, pasta or potato once a day with my main meal. I count the carbohydrate from the fruit & veg(eg carrots and tomato) and pulses that I eat and inject my insulin accordingly. My diet is low fat but has been for over 30 years, I can now enjoy a bit more cheese and nuts than I have eaten for years, I have reduced my BMI from over 26 to under 23 and lost nearly 2 stone in weight. My weight is now stable, I do not feel hungry and am confident that I can maintain this healthy BMI. It is time that the NHS looked at the advice they are giving on healthy eating. Starchy carbohydrates should not simply be given the green light. If my comment stays on view long enough for just one person to see it and consider it as an alternative to basing your diet on starchy carbohydrates (that of course are converted to sugars by the body) then it will be my way of thanking the person whose comment I took on board last year allowing me to finally find a way to achieve a healthy sustainable weight