RE: Getting too skinny
Posted Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 3:24 PM
At your current weight and height, you are still at a normal, healthy body mass index (BMI), 20.0 kg/m2 to be exact (the normal range is 18.5-24.9 kg/m2).
However, if you are in what you feel like is a downward spiral of weight loss and trying to prevent getting too low, then you will need to, at the risk of oversimplifying, eat more food. For people who think they couldn't possibly eat more, I would suggest trying higher calorie foods that are easier to consume such as pure fruit juice, plant milks, dried fruits, and pasta.
With prediabetes or diabetes, you do not want to pack in those extra calories with fat, however, because you will then be setting yourself up for increased risk of insulin resistance - exactly what we're trying to avoid with these conditions.
I hope this is helpful! Let me know.
Susan Levin, MS, RD
PCRM Director of Nutrition Education