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If you need to gain, rather than lose, weight


There are many conversations around weight loss for people with diabetes.  But it's important to remember that people with diabetes come in all shapes and sizes - including under-weight.  So what do you do when you have diabetes and need to gain weight?

For starters, I found this Q&A piece over at Diabetes Forecast.  http://www.diabetesforecast.org/2015/nov-dec/how-can-i-gain-weight.html  It offers a few tips, but I'm hopeful some of you have tips to share also.

posted Apr 3 in Conversation by KarenG (16,340 points)

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I find it interesting, again, that another source is citing a one plan fits all approach - "The Institute of Medicine recommends that moderately active women over the age of 50 get 1,800 calories daily". I could never eat that much a day!  I eat a low carb diet with lots of veggies, protein, nuts and seeds.   By choosing these foods I get full and feel satisfied and don't need to add  food just because  someone says I need to eat x-amount of caleries/carbs a meal/day.  I listen to my body for it to tell me what I need.

answered Apr 3 by Donna (530 points)
I have had a total pancreatectomy (due to precancerous cysts throughout).  I have to take pancreatic enzymes, and high fat foods cause major GI discomfort. Any ideas on how to gain weight would be greatly appreciated.
answered Apr 30 by anonymous
I did a lot of things: I ate high fat for a while, lifted weights, took more insulin, so I'd have to eat more; started snacking all the time.  Now, after 26 years, I'm at a decent weight.  I'm glad to see this is mentioned.  I used to be required by my job to attend "Diabetes Care" classes, and I would always be the thin one in a room full of not so thin people.  A huge part of the class would always include "losing weight."  I got to the point I wanted to cry because I didn't want to lose weight, and no one was helping me figure out what to do.  I FINALLY got sent to a dietician who recommended some things, and honestly, I really don't think anything worked.  My metabolism just changed as I got older, and I just hold on to the weight more.  I'm just glad I'm in the "normal" weight range now!  :)  Fat is more concentrated calories, so some people recommend that (controversial, I know as a lot of fat isn't good for diabetics), but my problem was that it made me feel full a LOT faster, and then I wasn't hungry...for a WHILE afterwards.  If you eat more carbs, that can potentially work if you pay close attention to your blood sugars because if it makes you go high, that means the carbs are just being flushed out of your system and not being used.  Protein/muscle weighs more, so I'd probably suggest eat more protein (but avoid damage to kidneys), and lift weights to gain muscle, if possible.
answered May 17 by KimberlyESP (330 points)