How to Gain Weight With Diabetes


Oddly enough, one of the symptoms of diabetes is sudden, unexplained weight loss. If that person was within a healthy weight range to begin with, weight gain is necessary for personal appearance and health. Gaining weight with diabetes is very similar to gaining weight without. There are certain rules, however, that are different. For example, if you have diabetes, you can't load up on bread and sweets. You must get your calories from another source to safely gain weight with diabetes.

eating lots of bread is not an option
eating lots of bread is not an option (Image: Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Wavebreak Media/Getty Images)

Step 1

Place a bag of nuts in your briefcase, purse, car or home. Nuts contain healthy fat and a lot of calories. If you want to gain weight without altering your blood sugar too much, this is what you should snack on between meals.

snack on nuts between meals
snack on nuts between meals (Image: Svetl/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 2

Add cheese, eggs and gravy to your meals where appropriate. Cheese-covered vegetables, eggs in your mashed potatoes and chicken covered with gravy are all examples. Each of these items adds a lot of calories to your meals to help you gain weight.

prepare vegetables with cheese
prepare vegetables with cheese (Image: SVETLANA KOLPAKOVA/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 3

Work closely with your doctor and blood glucose monitor to make sure your new weight gain diet works fine with your current diabetes medication. If done correctly, there should be no real change in your levels.

consult with your doctor
consult with your doctor (Image: Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Step 4

Add weight training to your weekly routine. Three days a week, lift weights, do push-ups or perform other exercises that simulate resistance. Muscle weighs more than fat, so the more you add to your body, the more you will weigh. You will have to eat more food to gain muscle instead of lose weight, though.

begin training with weights
begin training with weights (Image: Francesco Ridolfi/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 5

Eat a healthy carbohydrate before bed. An apple, banana or sandwich is perfect. Although eating anything right before bed can help you gain weight, carbs will actually help you sleep, while foods high in protein and fat can negatively affect your sleep.

have an apple or another healthy carb before you sleep
have an apple or another healthy carb before you sleep (Image: Martin Poole/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

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Tips & Warnings

  • Stay away from too much juice. Although some weight gain programs require juice consumption, it is extremely high in sugar. Diabetics need to watch their sugar intake closely.
  • Don't ignore any sudden weight loss. If you are trying to gain weight and still cannot, talk to your doctor and research the problem more thoroughly.


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