best way to gain weight?

By PHXMTV Latest Reply 2009-10-23 21:12:22 -0500
Started 2009-10-22 14:43:19 -0500

I am a newly diognosed type 2 hyperglycemic, i would actually like to put on about 10 to 15 pounds, but it seems as though everything is designed for weight loss, im in good shape and work out just not sure how to go about doing this??

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Roadtech 2009-10-23 20:56:14 -0500 Report

If your goal is to gain muscle weight and build muscle mass, eating low amounts of fats or carbs is not the way to go!

There are many that are under the impression that you can gain muscle WITHOUT gaining fat by eating a high protein, low to moderate fat or low to moderate carb diet.

Well, I'm here to tell you that it couldn't be further from the truth.

Well, to get right to the point of this matter (since I could write about this for pages and pages), regardless of how you divide your calories, high fat, low fat, high protein, low protein, high carb, low carb, etc., you are NOT going to gain one ounce of muscle weight if you don’t eat enough overall calories……period!!!!!

You can stuff protein gram after protein gram down your throat, but if you don't give your body enough calories, you aren't going to gain weight.

Vice-versa, you can go on the lowest carb or fat diet around, but if you are still eating MORE calories than what your body uses per day, you aren't going to burn fat.

Your body responds to CALORIES.

Food, regardless of what type, is digested in the stomach, gets converted into a form of ENERGY, gets sent to the bloodstream, gets transferred to the different tissues and organs, where it is then used how your body best sees fit.

It isn't the fact that you are eating carbs or eating fats that make people overweight, it's the fact that they are eating too many calories, either per day or per sitting!!!!!

If you want to gain weight, you cannot go on a low fat or carb diet.

I repeat, you CANNOT. Your body needs those calories. It is impossible to get enough calories from just protein to build muscle.

Also, it is carbs that gets converted into glucose, which is the ONLY thing that your muscles can use to provide energy to a muscle when it is working out, and is the only substance in the body that pushes water and other nutrients into a muscle, which adds to the volume, size, and weight of a muscle…….NOT protein!

kdroberts 2009-10-23 21:12:22 -0500 Report

"If you want to gain weight, you cannot go on a low fat or carb diet."

I disagree. Carb and protein are 4 calories per gram and fat is 9 calories per gram. It's very easy to eat enough calories to gain weight on a low carb diet, not so easy on a low fat diet for a diabetic but doable depending on what your treatment plan is.

kdroberts 2009-10-23 14:19:01 -0500 Report

If you want to gain weight you can do a few things. Easiest one is to eat more fat, add olive oil to things, eat lots of nuts, etc. It's high calorie and usually low or no carb. Steer clear of the saturated and trans fats though. If you are taking insulin then you can just generally eat more and then dose to cover it. Best to consult with your doctor though.

imsuzie2 2009-10-22 21:52:28 -0500 Report

Follow me around for a week or two should do the trick! Does your doctor want you to gain weight? Maybe just increasing your portions a bit and a late nite snack…good luck. And, if all else fails, I can give you some too, if Sheila doesn't beat me to it! :)

lipsie 2009-10-22 20:39:23 -0500 Report

wow, I would like to share some of mine could I? lol Yeah, eating the carbs will do it but be safe about it, cuz that'll raise the sugars! Test a lot as you are doing this! Good luck at this! Hugs! Sheila And welcome to the site!!

Harlen 2009-10-22 17:50:47 -0500 Report

Hi Mike
I am like rely good at this lol
eat lots of posta ,bread,pie,cake.potatos
lots and lots of carbs but the down side of this is very HIGH BS but you will put on the lbs as long as you on insulen to cover so as to be able to use the carbs your taking in lol

Sarguillo 2009-10-22 16:19:39 -0500 Report

LOL, Dam you . LOL.
Most of us are trying to loose weight.
I would assume you could try some of those protein drinks that weight lifters use.
Just make sure you read the labels and you are taking one that has mid lvl carbs that you can work into your diet.

ANd I mean diet as in what you eat, not what you dont eat.

Good luck.

Wish you the best in your goal.

MarineMomX2 2009-10-23 09:47:50 -0500 Report

Since you work out, the protein drinks might be the way for you to go. My sons use them regularly for muscle mass and they don't have the weight problems I do (lucky little %%^%'s). Read the labels though, some are very high in sugar. They get the packets at our local health food market and just keep the blender on their counter. Good luck, ohhhh to have this problem lol