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Old 03-03-2009, 11:54 AM   #1
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Question Sggestions for increasing calories....please

I need a way to increase my calories without adding lots of fat or carbohydrates. Im kind of in a dilema cause I am diabetic. If I add one type of food for its calories, then it ends up having too many carbs or fat grams for me to eat.

All the foods Im eating is very low in fat and calories. So what the heck can I add to my low calorie, low fat, low carb meals that will add calories only?


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Old 03-03-2009, 12:06 PM   #2
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Certain veggies? Like non starchy ones and pears or apples? A diabetic said that was good fruit for diabetics
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Old 03-03-2009, 12:08 PM   #3
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Well, you can't really add calories only. They have to come from something!

Protein is a good idea. You can have 4 ounces of boneless, skinless, chicken breast instead of only 3 ounces. Or, you can have a veggie burger like Boca Burger as a supplement--I like to add one to breakfast. They are light enough and low in fat. Or canned tuna, water packed. Lots of protein and low cal.

Use lowfat products like 2% cottage cheese, 1% milk.

I personally avoid fat-free products. I do want some healthy fats in my diet.

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Also, remembering what my friend said, can't you add more carbs as long as you have a certain protein ratio to negate it?
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All calories come from one of three things:

1. Fat - 9 calories per gram
2. Carbohydrate - 4 calories per gram
3. Protein - 4 calories per gram

So the only way to add calories to your diet without adding carbs or fat would be to increase your protein. If you choose very lean protein sources, you won't get too much fat with them.

You might also consider adding low glycemic carbs. These are carbohydrates that, while they are starch, have a low impact on blood sugar because they have a lot of fiber to slow digestion and prompt a slow rise in blood sugar (as opposed to a quick one provided by simple carbs, like white sugar).

You can learn more about the glycemic index here:
http://www.glycemicindex.com/
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Low glycemic carbs are a good idea. How about beans? They are great for diabetics (and everyone else too!). Lots of fiber and a good amount of protein with no fat or nearly no fat.
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How about a protein shake? I like Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Protein Strawberry flavor (120 cal, 1g fat, 3g carb, 24g protein). Not the best taste ever but it's a great price and I like the nutritional profile. I mix it in my magic bullet with 1 cup skim milk, 1/2 cup mixed frozen berries and ice (238 cal, 1.2g fat, 24g carb, 32g protein) oh and I add 1 tsp of splenda. It's a huge mug of frozen yummy goodness!!!
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Add some nuts! (besides us, of course) They are calorie-packed, but have a lot of good stuff that helps cholesterol numbers, weight loss and MAYBE can affect diabetes, as per this article:

http://www.harvardscience.harvard.ed...-diabetes-risk

From what I have garnered in various Internet missions, the best bests are almond and walnuts. If you decide to go peanut, watch that salmonella thing! Also, you have to only eat a limited amount at any one time, naturally, since they are so high in calories.

I guess you would want to look at the calorie versus fat comparison, but I think nuts are mostly good fat.

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Why don't you give us an idea of what a typical days eating looks like for you and maybe we could guide you a bit better.
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Why don't you give us an idea of what a typical days eating looks like for you and maybe we could guide you a bit better.
Breakfast
egg & 2% cheese on English Muffin

Snack
10 Almonds

Lunch
subway 6" veggie with cheese

Snack
10 Almonds

Supper
2/3 head cauliflour, roasted
bunch of fresh green beans, roasted
1 cup pinto beans

Snack
2 or 3 low carb yogurts
or several sf jello cups

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Old 03-03-2009, 02:53 PM   #11
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Some more fruits and veggies couldn't hurt.
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Old 03-03-2009, 03:50 PM   #12
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flaxseed oil.

great source of EFA's taste a little bit nut like just drizzle it over salads etc.

not cheap and must and i mean must be kept in the fridge and served cold don't cook it
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i had to click on this to be sure i read it right -- advice on how to INcrease calories LOL stick with me kid

I agree with pretty much all comments -- cottage cheese, nuts, good oil for roasting your current veg, protein shake etc.

my first instinct would be a cheeseburger of course
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Old 03-03-2009, 04:09 PM   #14
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I wonder what unflavored SOY protein powder would do, like added to dishes just to up the protein and calories? Ive never had it.
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Old 03-03-2009, 04:33 PM   #15
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Protein powders are pretty expensive - there are more cost efficient and nutritious ways of adding protein. Mine is like gold at the cost of $50.00 a bottle. What about Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP)? That, I know, is meant to be cooked.

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