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T2 and need to gain weight

Discussion in 'Food, Nutrition and Recipes' started by Elenas, Mar 28, 2021.

  1. Elenas

    Elenas Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Sorry I think we miss understood each other. I'm not injecting any insulin. It's actually my body that produce it's own insulin in too much quantity by its own. I have the opposite problem of t1 people ,my pancreas over produced insulin. Plus I became insulin resistant meaning that the insulin I produce has not a great impact on my BS, this is actually what people with T2 have.

    So in my case I've been asked to stop eating carbs and sugar, and do intermittent fasting , that's only because this diet and because the little help of berberine that I'm successful with my insulin level nowaday. Unfortunately if I stop this diet my insulin will spike again ( but in my case I don't gain weight no matter, when my inulin was very high I was still very thin).

    And for the food advice I already start to make nuts salads and snacking I hope I will gain a few pound , thank you so much for the feedback and helped.
     
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  2. NicoleC1971

    NicoleC1971 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Sorry for the misunderstanding! Note that your insulin may not spike with lentils, pulses and cashews or little snacks so I hope you find a good balance in order to geain a little fat!
     
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  3. OrsonKartt

    OrsonKartt Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I don’t know if you are a coffee drinker but if so try adding a big blob of coconut oil in your morning brew. It tastes kind of different but ok in an interesting way. - I’m on the slim side but notice my weight going up when I do this on a regular basis. I also add butter but this may be an issue with lactose intolerance? Anyhow worth a shot. Best thoughts
     
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    Geordie_P Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Coconut oil sounds good.
    Apart from that, I guess avocado and nuts.
    Maybe eat margarine with a spoon- I've put on a lot of weight that way.
     
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  5. Elenas

    Elenas Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    I'm not drinking coffee no , but thank you anyway
     
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    Ledzeptt Type 3c · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @Elenas

    I know relatively little about pre-diabetes, but I try to minimise* carbs, avoid meat and also struggle with my weight. In addition to the above suggestions, have you considered increasing your protein intake, not just fat? (I don’t know how this will impact your insulin response - you’d have to test for it to be sure).

    e.g. Tofu, seeds (chia would be a good choice), or edamame/soya beans (lowish carb)

    For snacks, I dry fry a mix of seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, etc) and a few walnuts or almonds in a pan (medium heat for 5 mins for maximum flavour). It’s easy to eat a few hundred calories with minimal effort; only a couple of grams carbs - much better than a bag of crisps! I often make a batch and save some some for the next few days - perhaps adding black pepper/spices for a change.

    I also boost my intake of fake meats such as Quorn/soy mince (not breaded versions) e.g. those Quorn cocktail sausages, but watch out for the carb content.

    I know they’re not everyone’s taste, but olives are a fabulous source of calories (low carb, little protein though)!

    *I’m insulin-dependant, so can eat carbs and I do eat (quite a few) eggs, cheese and other dairy products.
     
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    Ukgal Type 2 · Newbie

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    Avocado on toast
     
  8. Andydragon

    Andydragon Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    Only thing would be making sure right type of bread to address carb issues but this could be an option.
     
  9. optimist1

    optimist1 · Well-Known Member

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    Dr Bernstein would suggest that on low carb, you increase your protein to put on weight. In his trial he found that additional fat in excess of calorie need, didn't put on weight.
     
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