Ive lost a lot of weight being diabetic. How can I gain my weight back?
Trying to gain weight can be just as challenging, if not more challenging, than losing weight. The first step in reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is to figure out why you’ve lost weight in the first place. Weight loss can occur in people who have diabetes, due to uncontrolled blood glucose levels. When glucose levels in the blood become very high, glucose starts to spill into the urine and you essentially lose calories through urination. Also, if you are either lacking insulin or your insulin isn’t being used properly, your body is unable to use glucose for fuel, so it starts to burn fat and protein. This process can lead to weight loss, as well. So, until glucose levels are brought back into a safe range, it can be hard to gain weight. In most cases, people regain some, if not all, of their weight back once their diabetes is more controlled. The next step is to choose your foods carefully. Many higher-calorie foods are loaded with fat and sugar and are short on important nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and fiber. Focus on choosing higher-calorie foods that pack a nutrition punch, such as olive oil, nuts, nut butters, avocados and hummus, for example. You might also benefit from eating smaller meals, more frequently during the day. And some people increase their calorie intake by supplementing their food intake with a meal replacement beverage such as Ensure, Boost or Carnation Instant Breakfast. However, you’ll likely need to consider how your eating schedule and your food choices affect your blood glucose levels, as well as any diabetes medicine that you’re taking. I’d suggest meeting with a dietitian who can help you plan your meals and gain weight safely while balancing your food intake with your diabetes medicines. Your physician can provide you with a referral to a dietitian in your community.
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