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How to Gain weight while on a low carb diet


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Hi all,

I am trying to gain weight just because I want to... 

I'm 5'7 and a half  and My average weight over the last two months is around 106pds. In the last 11 years my lowest weight was 95 pounds and highest 120 pounds.

My goal weight is 125 pounds.

I have been gain dieting for a little over two weeks and have reached 112 by eating 2000 calories on average. .. but now it is dropping because I have started a no sugar-low carb diet for other medical reasons. I am very happy with my new diet, as I am physically feeling better... but since beginning that I have been unable to maintain 2000 calories and have been averaging 1000 calories. EVERYTHING has sugar or corn syrup in it. Drives me batty!!!

I am eating a lot of vegetables and they are providing me with around 10g of natural sugar a day.. but without the carbs I am lacking calories....

Does anyone have suggestion on foods or recipes I could possibly eat, which encourage weight gain but aren't loaded with sugar??

 

Thanx

 

 

 

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would you please specify "other medical reasons"? i can give you a lot of high cal foods to eat that are low in carbs, but i can't imagine why a low carb/zero sugar diet would be good (especially if you are underweight!). if you have a legitimate reason then i sincerely apologize in advance. your post just seemed kind of vague about why you need to be eating like that... 

a list will help :P

I didnt want to specify my medical condition on a public forum... Im sorry if that seems vague.. but the point is, i need to keep my sugar intake low or at least within the USDA recc'd 40 g or less. .. When Ive tried to gain weight before... I usually spike my sugar intake.. sometimes hitting 150g of sugar.. and I cannot afford to do that anymore ..but Id like to continue gaining weight..

Any suggestions?

 

 

 

Are you allowed to add whole grains that don't have the sugars that cause the spike?

  • Ezekial breads
  • beans
  • whole grains (don't go to the sugar (oops cereal) aisle, go to the bulk foods aisle)
  • homemade hummus that has good fats, fiber, and protein

I'm doing the low-no sugar thing to and I eat the carbs listed above all at breakfast and lunch then none, only veggies and protein, for dinner.  I've modified my diet recently.

Original Post by blueberry_lips:

would you please specify "other medical reasons"? i can give you a lot of high cal foods to eat that are low in carbs, but i can't imagine why a low carb/zero sugar diet would be good (especially if you are underweight!). if you have a legitimate reason then i sincerely apologize in advance. your post just seemed kind of vague about why you need to be eating like that... 

I agree, without more information it seems like just another excuse to continue disordered eating behaviour. Seeing as nobody knows who you are in real life, it seems a little odd that you're so concerned about posting your medical issues.

Original Post by merylwhite1:

Original Post by blueberry_lips:

would you please specify "other medical reasons"? i can give you a lot of high cal foods to eat that are low in carbs, but i can't imagine why a low carb/zero sugar diet would be good (especially if you are underweight!). if you have a legitimate reason then i sincerely apologize in advance. your post just seemed kind of vague about why you need to be eating like that... 

I agree, without more information it seems like just another excuse to continue disordered eating behaviour. Seeing as nobody knows who you are in real life, it seems a little odd that you're so concerned about posting your medical issues.

 Is ketosis considered a medical issue?  Of course she can't gain weight with absolutely no carbs in her diet, duh.  So you're right, she is asking for advice that you could not possibly give, as I think it's impossible to gain weight if you consume no carbs and your body is in ketosis.   She set the question up to fail and maybe that's what she wanted...  

What you said about previous weight gain attempts causing blood sugar spikes:

When you're underweight/anorexic/malnourished, your blood sugar goes very loopy. They were constantly checking me for hypoglycemia when I was underweight. Also, I found that my blood sugar would crash VERY EASILY when I was underweight.

You need to restore proper body composition in order to reestablish good levels throughout your body.

sometimes there are various med conditions that (clearly the op doesnt want to discuss) require a very low carb diet. i remember doing my paeds rotation before Christmas, and there was a little girl with severe epilepsy. no med's caused any significant reduction in her seizures. something was recommended by a dietican - that carbs be eliminated from her diet. 

I saw her with the reg in outpatients last week and so far she is seizure free. my point - NOT everyone in the weight gain forum has an ed. though typically i'd be the first to point the finger!

Original Post by monalisamonkey:

Are you allowed to add whole grains that don't have the sugars that cause the spike?

  • Ezekial breads
  • beans
  • whole grains (don't go to the sugar (oops cereal) aisle, go to the bulk foods aisle)
  • homemade hummus that has good fats, fiber, and protein

I'm doing the low-no sugar thing to and I eat the carbs listed above all at breakfast and lunch then none, only veggies and protein, for dinner.  I've modified my diet recently.

 Assuming she has a medical condition as she stated, I think this is the best option for carbs that don't spike insulin or whatnot.

To the OP: How low-carb are you advised to go? Hopefully it's not too low, and you're advised to just avoid the carbs that spike blood sugar (by the way, almost everything of substance has carbs in it, or so I've seen). Hopefully you're allowed to eat fruits/veggies/whole grains as well

However, I was fasting added sugar/sweeteners with addition of vegan only for 21 days, and only whole foods, and no hydrogenated fats, and I loss a great deal of weight in that short amount of time. I was eating whenever I was hungry, not counting calories though. But it took a lot of food to get me full, and even then I was eating tons of fruits (with high natural sugar content).

My point is, I'd imagine it would be hard to gain weight on this kind of eating (low sugar/low carb), unless you're stuffing yourself to the point past full. If you have to do this, then make sure you're getting things like tons of peanuts/nuts, oils, etc. things that don't take a lot to get high calorie content. That's the only way I can see it happening.

Overall, I just think it's very hard to do both at the same time (gain weight and not eat much sugar/carbs) because it takes a lot of food to do so. Maybe a dietician can help you best?

  • nuts (almonds, peanuts, etc)
  • meat
  • eggs
  • oils
  • plain yogurt 
  • whole wheat bread
  • fruit or dried fruit if you're allowed
  • nut butter (i.e. peanut butter, etc.)
  • seafood
  • PB sandwiches
  • special nutrition bars or drinks 
I would recommend seeing a dietician/nutritionist if you have a serious medical problem that recquires a specific diet.  They can help you with those.

Thank you all who for the helpful responses.

#1 The internet is not anonymous. So yes, it is a case that I do not want to talk about this specific health condition on this forum.

#2 Yes I am aware that I should consult a nutritionist.. just as soon as I get a referral I will be sure to... Hopefully they will not be like the last nutritionist I saw who said .. "go eat a McD hamburger"

#3. I do not have an eating disorder, I am currently seeing a GI doctor for possible serious digestive issues, as well as other specialists. I have so far been given the clear that there is nothing serioulsy wrong with me. I also do not have a eating or mental disorder that I am trying to trick the board into giving me free advice about.

#4 I LOVE SUGAR and Carbs... Always have.. and I always will. Unfortunately, it currently is not in my best medical interest to continue to eat 200-300% the recc'd daily allowance of sugar, or have a diet that is 70% carbs. According to the USDA that isnt in anyone's interest.

#5. Veggies and Fruits provide carbs. Even though I have decided to cut out the grains (as of 5 days now) I am still getting 40-50g of carbs a day (according to calorie counter)..  I did not say NO Carbs, I said low carbs. NO carbs and you could die.  My current PROBLEM is that I am not getting the calories.. which I (think) I need to actually gain weight.

 

Direct Responses:

BSH0611.. I was underweight and slightly hypoglycemic last month.. which prompted my gain weight diet... Im tackling two issues.. GAIN WEIGHT and lower my carbs

Fidget.. you are VERY close to what Im getting at.. I didnt really want to try to explain why.. I just know what I need to do.

Monalisamonkey... I havent thought of hummus. Thank you!

 

nuts, nut butters, olive oil, cheese, mayonnaise, avocado and protein shakes! sugar free ice cream and other treats for dessert? (that's what i would do anyway!)

sorry for sounding accusatory earlier... there are so many eds around here it's just exhausting and asking to gain weight without carbs really sounds like an ed, but of course i see now that it's not in your case. sincerest apologies and good luck gaining weight!

Thank you :P

Being skinny my whole life Ive had more than my share of accusations.. I do have body image problems... I desperately dont want to be a size 0 :( .. Size 4 would be nice.  I am determined to not let my health derail that goal.

Good news though.. My weight is finally starting to go back up! Thanks to cream cheese, avocados and olives. And my medical condition seems to be calming down too..

Yesterday I hit 1500 calories  and nearly 200g of carbs without grains or sugar... Plus a whopping 110 g of protein :P And it was yummy.  LOL

Its only been just under a week.. so I hope I can get my calories up to 1800 and possibly hold that... and cross my fingers that I can get to a 20 BMI

And yes, I am still working on that nutritionist referral. :P

Original Post by fidget84:

sometimes there are various med conditions that (clearly the op doesnt want to discuss) require a very low carb diet. i remember doing my paeds rotation before Christmas, and there was a little girl with severe epilepsy. no med's caused any significant reduction in her seizures. something was recommended by a dietican - that carbs be eliminated from her diet. 

I saw her with the reg in outpatients last week and so far she is seizure free. my point - NOT everyone in the weight gain forum has an ed. though typically i'd be the first to point the finger!

Omg, what a coincidence, I wanted to say the EXACT same thing, but I didn't know how to spell it ''épilepsie'' in english...x)

my advice to you would be to hit the gym, start lifting weights (unless all the weight you are looking to gain is fat..) and buid muscle, cuz healthy weight doesnt come out of sitting on your butt.

haha anyways hmm if you cant eat sugar then an easy way to up your caraislories will be to raise your intake of unsaturated fats, so eat things like all natural peanut butter (it has only 3 carbs and 1 gram of fiber per table spoon, a whooping 7 grams of good fat and 4 grams of protein, also contains 0 sugar), almonds, walnuts, kashews or any type of nuts. supplement with fish oil tablets, or again add some olive oil or flaxeed oil to your salads and meals. also raise your intake of protein to 1 gram per pound of body weight. you gotta make up for all the carb calories so upping your proteins and good fats is your only hope.

 

feel free to msg me if you want more detailed nutritional advice

You should be eating at least 1500 calories to MAINTAIN (ideally more).  Aim for 2500 calories.  

So upping your fats & protein would be the simplest thing to do.  I don't know much about epilepsy so I won't try to recommend carbs for you.   

Here are some more ideas:

  • nuts (cashews, peanuts, almonds, walnuts, etc)
  • nut butters (peanut butter, almond butter, etc)
  • avocados (or guacamole)
  • salad dressings and oils
  • meats
  • eggs
  • mayo
  • fish/shellfish
  • beans
  • low carb weight gain (high protein, whey) drinks
  • plain yogurt (full fat, no flavor)
  • can you have potatoes or sweet potatoes [with butter of course]
  • cheese (full fat)
  • if you have fruit, have dried fruit

I believe eating low carb is perfectly fine and actually healthier than the standard American diet. Not only does epilepsy improve with a low carb diet, but autism, ADD, ADHD and many other conditions do very well when sugar, grains and dairy are eliminated. These conditions can be very serious. My ex husband died from an epileptic seizure - I sure wish I had know 15 years ago what I know now about the power of a low carb diet.

Getting enough calories isn't difficult once you let go of the idea of low fat. Low fat and low carb together is not a good idea. Coconut oil is a great fat that you can add to your diet, also start eating the fatty pieces of meat and leave the skin on your chicken for a quick boost. Look for ways to add natural fats into your diet.

Best of luck :)

lol sybil, ever tried working out with high intensity on a low carb diet? haha good luck even getting a pump.

anyways i would stay away from fatty pieces of meat and i would continue to eat skinless chicken... the fat in the meat and chicken skin is mostly heart and artery clogging saturated fat... stay with the suggestions of healthy fats that swimfan gave out.

Original Post by lt_jesus:

my advice to you would be to hit the gym, start lifting weights (unless all the weight you are looking to gain is fat..) and buid muscle, cuz healthy weight doesnt come out of sitting on your butt.

haha anyways hmm if you cant eat sugar then an easy way to up your caraislories will be to raise your intake of unsaturated fats, so eat things like all natural peanut butter (it has only 3 carbs and 1 gram of fiber per table spoon, a whooping 7 grams of good fat and 4 grams of protein, also contains 0 sugar), almonds, walnuts, kashews or any type of nuts. supplement with fish oil tablets, or again add some olive oil or flaxeed oil to your salads and meals. also raise your intake of protein to 1 gram per pound of body weight. you gotta make up for all the carb calories so upping your proteins and good fats is your only hope.

 

feel free to msg me if you want more detailed nutritional advice

who is this guy?  are moderators aware of his posts and can they please do something about it?

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