My dad is diabetic and needs to gain weight. he is underweight but skinny fat, had a stroke a few months ago and lost his ability to swallow and was on a feeding tube (but is better now), is not currently taking insulin, is not paleo (trying to convince him though!) but eats pretty healthy by CW standards (only whole grains if any at all, no refined sugar), we only get him full-fat yogurt/dairy and he puts coconut oil on everything (not sure if this is beneficial or detrimental to gaining weight, since coconut oil is a MCFA and touted as a weight loss aid). He also has high cholesterol, and though I've been trying to explain to him that saturated fat isn't as bad as they say and that it will help him gain weight, he's still skeptical. I looked this up on Google and wasn't able to find any useful information on gaining weight while diabetic because so many diabetics are overweight. Anyone have any tips? Experience? Thanks this has been a major uphill battle for us
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on April 28, 2013
at 12:25 AM
i am fairly certain that feeding bacon and fatty steaks to a diabetic who has recently suffered a stroke and has high cholesterol is NOT a good idea. the Paleo doctrine does NOT apply universally.
In this case going with clean proteins, fresh greens, and unrefined carbohydrates is a much safer way to get your dad healthy and gaining weight. To get his body into an anabolic state he has to eat consistently throughout the day, maintaining steady blood sugar, and blocking cortisol at every turn -cut out the coffee, eat breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up, drink a quality casein protein shake before bed. Obviously physical exercise is important, taking his limitations into consideration of course.
To transition the metabolism into the paleo style fat consuming one you're wanting for your father, he would need a cleaner bill of health to get started. There is a hump that every Paleo dieter must overcome, and given all of the ailments you just listed, you may want to go the traditional route for a year or so before transitioning him.
on April 27, 2013
at 07:52 PM
No food will inherently cause weight gain/loss, so keep up the coconut oil. Also, try to use coconut oil as a "transition" of sorts to other SFAs. By that, I mean, start with coconut oil and then move on to other less CW healthy fats, like palm oil, fatty steaks, and the like, until he has worked his way up to Satan's Personal Assistant the Egg Yolk. Also, BACON. And fat bomb shakes (my favorite is half a can of coconut milk, two heaping spoonfuls of almond butter, and a frozen banana all blended up). But, seriously, we all know bacon is magic.