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5/20/14 10:32 A

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James made a good point too... thing is, you do get some basic carbohydrates from veggies too, and your body will manufacture it's own carbohydrates (aka sugar) if you're not eating enough of them to fill the need. The byproducts of that process can be a bit rough for your system to handle, especially at first, and especially if there are any underlying conditions you may not know about-- So whatever you try, take small steps and monitor the results, AND
be sure to keep your medical team informed. Just in case!...
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P.S. I looked up enthusiasm, and it says the root words mean God within... interesting...!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

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5/20/14 10:18 A

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I suggest upping your calories with dietary fat, or protein. But fat is probably safer. Ones daily intake of protein should be about 60 to 100 grams, but not much higher. This is more of a minimum than a maximum in order to maintain or even build muscle mass.

But still even at 100 grams of protein a day that is only 400 calories, and you need more or you'd be getting thinner. Carbs are not a good idea if you are a type 2 diabetic, as I am also. So dietary fat is the thing that should be increased.

You may also want to go for daily walks, about 15 to 30 minutes. This will help increase muscle mass in you legs and core. I do this myself.

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You've heard from the MASTERS. Can't add to it except to wish you luck.

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5/19/14 5:38 P

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Gaining weight back to a normal range may get easier once your diabetes is under better control... unexplained weight loss is one of the things they look for in diagnosing diabetes in the first place. When you aren't metabolizing your carbohydrates properly, they're just floating around in your bloodstream unused, so you lose weight... and are often unreasonably hungry as well. The more you eat, the more the problem escalates. If I were you, I think I'd try to just maintain until that A1C gets better. But do ask your doctor to send you to a nutrition/diabetic educator, to help with the issue.

I agree with HOUNDLOVER1, a meter is a MUST, especially in the beginning. It's the only way to know how the things you're eating are affecting your system!

Keep posting and reading. The people on this forum live with this kind of question daily, and we'll all help with what works for us... but...
...Just keep in mind that what they tell you, and the ideas you learn here, are just start points... you are a unique individual, and you will have to figure out the rest on your own!

But you are not alone!...

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"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!
P.S. I looked up enthusiasm, and it says the root words mean God within... interesting...!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

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5/19/14 4:04 P

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One word: Atkins
Our body and especially our brain needs fat, in particular saturated fat.
My diet is currently about 75-80% fat (and far more than half of that is saturated fat as meat, butter, lard, coconut oil), about 20% protein and 5% carbs.
I know that it does not seem to make sense that Atkins works both to lose weight and also to gain weight but it does. Also make sure that you get enough protein, the amount depending on how much you exercise.
If you don't mind my asking, what is your % of body fat/weight? Maybe your doctor is just used to seeing overweight people all the time. It may help to do more resistance training and less cardio.
I would also suggest to immediately get a blood glucose meter and measure your daily blood glucose fasting (morning) and also before and 1 to 2 hours after eating.
Also check out the Bernstein diabetes forum where you will get lots of helpful input.
Birgit


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Hello. I was diagnosed Type2 about 6 weeks ago with a critically high A1C (was 15, now 13) and cholesterol. Doc has me on a severe diet until A1C and cholesterol get to safer levels: very few carbs (no rice, pasta, potatoes, bread), 1-1/2 fruits per day, lean meats, lots of veggies. But, she also wants me to gain weight since I'm at the very bottom of my recommended weight range and BMI. The Metformin curbed the weight loss and constant hunger occurring at the time of diagnosis.

I exercise daily, and on this severe diet I am really struggling to put on weight, despite the Metformin helping. I take it off as soon as I put it on because I am on such a lean diet while active.

Do you have favorite foods or recipes for healthy fats and/or low/no carbs? Especially those who exercise daily...

Upping my caloric intake and healthy fats seems to be the only way I'll be able to gain weight. I'm plenty full enough each day already, so eating "beyond the point of fullness" seem so contrary to everything I've learned in my 15+ years of Weight Watchers.

Thank you for any suggestions!

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