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gaining help: diabetic5 months

I've been trying to figure this one out for a while, to no real avail. My calories and macronutrients all add up to gain, and my weight has been bouncing around 248 - 250. This is only 3 pounds heavier than when I started in February.

I am diabetic, so I've been avoiding doing too much sugar. Some is hard to avoid, but I'm still keeping a cap on to avoid There are other ways to get those carbs for the macros, but I wonder if that's what's keeping me from gaining.

The odd thing is, I've not lost any size, measurements are still holding at about 50 inches around the belly. I can feel the change in weight around my body, the pounds just aren't adding up on the scale.

Please, if there are other diabetic gainers here or someone else knowledgeable, I would love some help.

gaining help: diabetic5 months

Somewhere I have read that many diabetic medicines make you gain weight where as others help you maintain or lose. Possibly you are on one that helps you maintain.....I am sure you may have already looked into this but I thought I would throw it out there in case you were not aware. I mean for you take the right medication for diabetes and actually gaining because of your medication would probably be a side effect that you would love.

gaining help: diabetic2 weeks

T1 or T2?

gaining help: diabetic2 weeks

I'd aim for about 4k calories per day, unless you're exercising in which case you may need more calories (did some calculations based on your stats).

I wish I was more knowledgeable about gaining with diabetes. Do you have to limit carbs and stick with mostly fats/protein, or do you only have to avoid sugar?

gaining help: diabetic2 weeks

August- itís a bit of all of the above. Depending on the type of diabetes they are speaking of and their prescribed treatment. Avoiding carbs is generally the safest plan but the difficulty comes with carbs are way more than just bread and sugar.

My husband is a T1 diabetic and we have him gaining with healthy fats and high quantity of high quality ingredients and just having to calculate the carbs and give proper insulin doses

gaining help: diabetic2 weeks

Thank you for clarifying this! I have family members who are doing low carb/no sugar/high protein but they all lost weight rapidly. I know a woman who is over 400 lbs that has diabetes, and she eats everything without restriction. I was always so curious about how she manages her diabetes and still eats tons of sweets, etc.

gaining help: diabetic2 weeks

Well I obviously canít speak about her specifically but my instinct is that sheís not managing it that well... in theory you can use insulin to cover occasional over indulgence (like my husband on holidays etc) but itís not an advisable approach as it causes long term issues. She could easily be 400lbs and managing but eating tons of sweets and managing well is where I see the discrepancy. My husband has gained 50lbs since April and his numbers were so good his Dr has to relax them a bit!!! But I meticulously count and measure everything to ensure proper carb counting.

gaining help: diabetic2 weeks

HoneyBearsMrs:
Well I obviously can�t speak about her specifically but my instinct is that she�s not managing it that well... in theory you can use insulin to cover occasional over indulgence (like my husband on holidays etc) but it�s not an advisable approach as it causes long term issues. She could easily be 400lbs and managing but eating tons of sweets and managing well is where I see the discrepancy. My husband has gained 50lbs since April and his numbers were so good his Dr has to relax them a bit!!! But I meticulously count and measure everything to ensure proper carb counting.


I'd be very interested in learning more about his current diet. I'm trying to understand how it's possible to eat 3-4k calories a day without carbs. I do understand you can increase the consumption of healthy fats like nuts, avocados, olive/coconut/flax oil, etc but it seems like you would have to eat an insane amount of fat to get the necessary calories.

gaining help: diabetic2 weeks

Send me a message and Iíll share what has worked for my husband